Review: Take 2 - Second Chance at Happiness by Ruchi Singh

About the Book:

Priya’s idyllic world turns upside down when she realizes her husband considers her dead weight after stripping her off her inheritance for his ambitions and lavish lifestyle.

Instantly attracted to Priya, Abhimanyu knows getting involved with a married woman is inviting trouble. But despite common sense, cautions and hesitations, he is drawn to help her.

Happily ever after has become a myth for Priya and trying to keep the relationship platonic is becoming more and more difficult for Abhimanyu.

In the tussle between ethics, fears and desires... will Priya embrace a second chance at happiness?

About the Author:

Ruchi Singh has a degree in Engineering and has been working in IT industry as a Consultant. She began her writing career writing short stories and articles, which have been published on various online forums. Her story ‘Boomerang’ in crime genre, won the Indireads Short Story competition in 2014, and is part of the Anthology ‘Voices Old & New‘. Her, another, short story ‘Debt of Kheer’ is part of Author’s Ink anthology ‘The Turning Point of Life', both available on Amazon. 'Take 2' is her debut novel.
A voracious reader, her favourite genres is 'romantic thriller'. Besides writing and reading, her other interests include dabbling with Indian classical dance forms.

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Details of the Book:

Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 641 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ruchi Singh; 1 edition (13 February 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital South Asia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Price: INR 155 (I received mine as a review copy)

The Review:

Even though I had received Take 2: Second Chance  at Happiness right after the book had released, I only managed the time to finish it last night. Firstly, many congratulations to Ruchi Singh for her debut novel. J

The story revolves around Priya and Abhimanyu who are opposites who attract. The twist in the tale is the fact that Priya is already and extremely unhappily married. Like the good wife, she is determined to save her marriage. But as her wild scheme to win back her husband progresses – she finds herself drawn to Abhimanyu, who has agreed to help her out. It doesn’t help that they are both linked to each other via Komal(Abhi’s cousin and Priya’s co-worker), and have to keep running into each other, even when they decide to part ways. Things keep going from bad to worse for this couple. Even with their friends supporting their decisions. It feels like Fate just cannot stop meddling with their affairs.

I liked how Ruchi Singh used plot twists in order to keep the reader engaged until the very last page. It is quite a breezey read. But it does addresses a lot of social issues. Is it always the woman’s fault when the marriage doesn’t work? Is she really obligated to stay with her husband even when he wrongs her? (One of the minor characters, Mrs. Bhatia certainly seems to think so.) Will a divorcee be accepted with open arms into a new family again? (Abhi’s mother is initially skeptical of getting a ‘divorcee’ for a bahu.) It is the little nuggets of reality in the story that makes you believe that there is no easy road ahead for Priya and Abhi. It grounds the story in real life and makes you think about the other Priyas who are not as brave as she is. Nor have such extreme plans to save their marriage. Sometimes they don’t even get to meet their Abhis to save them. This is was one inspiring story.

My only complaint is that sometimes minor characters were introduced in certain key scenes without any previous references. I cannot tell you who those were because it would give away some key elements in the story. But I definitely recommend getting your own copy and reading it!



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