Recently, I got a chance to read a modern love story A Sweet Deal penned by Andaleeb Wajid, published by FingerPrint! Publishing. We are thankful to the publisher for providing us a review copy. Here are my personal views for the same; the review is unbiased by all means.
|Book Title||:||A Sweet Deal
|Publisher||:||Fingerprint! Publishing (1 September 2019)|
|# of Pages||:||264 (Paperback)|
|# of Chapters||:|
Let us take a glance to the book cover.
Being an entrance to the fictional world explored within, the cover page serves the purpose of a gateway to that world. It, thus, is highly responsible for creating the first impact of the book and influence purchase and/or reading decisions.
The story of the book is set in contemporary times and the primary characters are in their youth. Food joints are almost a character in the book. The cover designer is expected to make an interesting cover from the same information.
To give it a cheerful look, the designer has used a shade of pink along with blank color, for the book title. A boy and a girl standing in their casuals gives the cover page a freshness and also reflects the prime characters of the story. You can see an eatery through its glass windows. In that sense, the cover page remains faithful to the story and title. I think young readers will find it attractive.
Let us take a bird’s eye view of the story.
It all starts with a girl who drops her Kindle (book reading device) in the loo! She, of course, collects it back and suddenly remember a tip she came across. She put the device immediately in a plastic bag filled with rice.
The girl, Rumana, is a young and enthusiastic person who wanted to try being an entrepreneur. She loved making bakery stuff. Especially, cakes. She has a flair of trying different ingredient combinations; and more often than not, it results in a fantastic food item! She has started her shop in partnership with her friend who is equally enthusiastic and hardworking.
They have just started getting popular in the area and they have no competition there, so they were quite hopeful for a brighter business future. They, however, found that a new food joint is going to open nearby. The owner is a hardworking and talented young fellow. He got some international experience and now is trying to set up his own place.
See, how the events and incidents take place in life. You meet with unexpected people and circumstances, sometimes in the most unwelcome manner!
So, will both businesses be rivals of each other? Or, as we see in Bollywood film, they will be friends and eventually, the story takes a positive turn? And, why the title is “A Sweet Deal”? Well, you should read the book to get the answers.
The book starts with something interesting. When your electronic gadget is exposed to water, drying it fully should always be your first action. The rice grains are expected to sock the wetness from the device. I have tried it when my smartphone got wet during the monsoon and I am sure many readers might have tried it. So, this incident is able to establish a link between the reader and the book. A nice start. It also conveys beautifully that the female protagonist is an avid reader. The incident, however, doesn’t have a link to the rest of the story. At least, you start thinking it, when you are reading the book. But, no, the author didn’t forget the incident and it has a link. So, it is not a disconnected dot.
The author has already written many books. Though, this is her first book I got a chance to read. It seems that the author is highly influenced by love stories explored in Bollywood movies and TV Serials. She refers to various chef related programs and competitions, recipes and other stuff in a way that the target reader (yes, the book is written for a target set of readers) will connect to it quite easily. It reflects the scenarios we see, especially in metro cities.
The characters are defined well and they grow up gradually. There is no shocking brutal incidents that could have made the book a heavy read. And, no, there is no typical melodrama in the book. The incidents are taken from day to day lives and thus look quite effective. The book has only a few characters. It is a wise decision by the author. She is able to give enough footage to almost all of them. The male protagonist’s friend will remind you of your “man Friday” (and he is referred the same in the book :)). The girl’s parent worrying for her to get married (and thus settled) makes the story more realistic.
Both the protagonists had their time in the industry and now they are thinking to set up their own business from the money they have earned show the psyche of the youth. It also elaborates on their sincerity too.
The author went ahead with the simple day-to-day language. It helps the book in being an easy read. The book has some light moments that you will enjoy for sure. There are some emotional scenes too. Some scenes are explained so beautifully that you can imagine watching a movie.
The book has its share of cuss words and adult material and that makes the book strictly recommended for adult readers only. Love stories are, anyway, written for mature readers only :). So, keep it away from minors.
Actually, I want to tell more about the story and its various aspects and include some quotes from the book, but, that will include spoilers which I want to avoid as much as possible. So, let us conclude it here.
An easy-going love story set up in contemporary times, if you love reading romantic stuff and don’t mind some adult material then you will enjoy reading it. It can prove to be a good travel companion.
Around 7 out of 10 for the target readers.
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