In Pursuit of Mi Amor by Sujata Parashar
Publisher: Vishwakarma Publicationss
Price: Rs. 250 INR(paperback), Rs. 217 INR(Kindle edition)
Buy here: https://amzn.to/3sup8RG
My take on the book:
Suhana travels to Madrid for a consulting assignment to report on the business expansion plan of The Sunflower, a successful wellness company with multiple branches in Spain. Amar, the founder of The Sunflower, is planning to spread his business to India, along with launching a new exclusive wellness retreat program.
While Suhana and Amar have awkward interactions initially, couple of unexpected incidents bring them close revealing their feelings for each other. However, both have ghosts from their past which keep coming back to derail their present life.
In parallel runs the story of Suyash, childhood friend of Amar, who has also settled in Madrid as a banker with his wife Amya. A work assignment takes him to New York where he bumps into his ex-girlfriend Sarika. Subsequent transfer for a year to New York means Suyash is left in a dilemma about his loyalty for his wife and suppressed feelings for his past love. What decisions do Amar and Suyash make in this pursuit of love forms the rest of the story.
The story starts by introducing Suhana and Amar, and their respective past along with their careers. The author very well weaves together the professional life and personal interactions of the main characters. I loved how the story and narration do not get cliched while referring to successful middle-aged men and women. Suhana and Amar are instantly lovable, and their character graph is well developed slowly revealing their layers.
There is an element of intrigue, in both the parallel stories, which keeps the reader engaged with the narration. The author has also done good research around Haemophilia and hence the inclusion in the story is authentic. The subtle message of how childhood scars could shape an adult and their life decisions is conveyed well. Along with romance, the other important ingredients of a relationship like honesty, loyalty are well contrasted between the characters.
The cover is very impressive and is sure to make the reader pick it up. While the story happens in Spain and partly in New York, I wish the author captured the essence of these backdrops more while narrating the story. The pace is quick, and the book can be completed in one go. If you are a fan of romance, and prefer mature, sensible stories then this is a must read.