A Forgotten Affair – Book Review

Author: Kanchana Banerjee

Paperback: 200 Pages

Publisher: Harlequin (August 25th 2016 )

Language: English

Genre: Romance

ISBN-13: 9789352640072

About The Book:

Sagarika Mehta walks out of her nine-year-old marriage, meets with a near-fatal accident and goes into a deep coma all on the same day. After six months, she wakes up with no memory of her past. When she is discharged from hospital a year later, Rishab, her husband, whisks her away to an unfamiliar address in Gurgaon to convalesce.
There, in that plush apartment, with people waiting on her hand and foot, Sagarika can’t shake off the feeling that something is wrong.
Why does the scent of a particular cologne unsettle her? Why does the innocuous word ‘cheeni’ bother her? And why is Rishab so evasive in response to her queries about her past?
‘A Forgotten Affair’ is a gripping story of a woman caught between two worlds

About The Author:

After writing feature articles for various publications, PR firms and companies for nearly two decades, Kanchana Banerjee decided to pursue her long-cherished dream – to write a novel. She holds a master’s degree in English from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. She lives in Gurgaon with her husband, son and two dogs, Archie and Casper. A Forgotten Affair is her first novel. .

My Take:

On the over the book might seem like just another book involving love, extra-marital affair and then destiny having it’s own game. But it offers more than just that. It shows the struggle of the lady who has forgotten her whole life, the desperation of a man to keep his life in control, the faith of a person that love will find it’s way back, as it is said to be. Book surely offers something different from the regular chick-lit novels readers usually come through.

There aren’t many characters in the book but those few also do make a mark on the reader. The protagonist of the story Sagarika and her helplessness has been put brilliantly. Reader can feel through the turmoil of her heart as she struggles hard to find traces of her lost memory to reclaim the life that was. Rishab, who might have come out as a villain in the story but he is nothing but a person with more shades of grey in life than others. Some might not feel his behavior to be justified on the basis of his life’s prior experiences. Akash is every bit of a person most of truly want to be but never have the guts to be. The other characters also blend into the story pretty well.

Love being the central point, the book drives home the point that you can’t make anyone love you. It’s either there or it’s not. On one side, Rishab fights tooth and nail to keep his wife to himself and on the other side Akash does nothing other than to love freely. Although the story is more of predictable at times yet, it leaves the reader with the question in their minds, “What if we lose it all one day suddenly?” Moreover, many times story seems a little slow and not many major events happens throughout the story except a few major turns.
Bottom line: A short and breezy read about love, life and destiny.

 My Rating:

3/5

Scale of Rating: 1– Ignore It!! 2-Don’t Touch It!! 3-One Time Read!! 4-Add To Your TBR!! 5-Read it NOW!!!

And now I’ll leave you with a few lines from the book…

“I wasn’t love or desire he felt. It was just a need to speak with, to be spoken with. To just hold her hand, to have someone hold his hand.
Sometimes that is all one needs.”
“Destiny isn’t a matter of chance. It’s a Matter of choice ”
“One’s real life is often the life that one doesn’t lead – Oscar Wilde .”
“Sometimes you need to love everything to recognize what matters the most.”
“Those who mean the world to us, those for whom we are the reason to be, are difficult to deal with, difficult to convince.”


This review is a part of Book Review Programme at Writersmelon.com

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