Book Review ~ The Perfect Groom

 

The Perfect Groom by Sumeetha Manikandan

The Blurb
Very little has gone right in Nithya’s young life. So, when a proposal from a young, handsome NRI comes along, her mother jumps at the opportunity and packs her daughter off to the US with her perfect groom.
 
Nithya seems to have settled in with Ashok, ostensibly happy, if as yet childless, in her new life. When an old flame comes back into her life, however, the cracks in her perfect marriage begin to show…
The Review
The Perfect Groom came to me via the book review programme of The Book Club Group.
The title talked so much, it seemed like a tale about a girl who would find her perfect groom at the end of a long odyssey. I simply adore stories of love and could not wait to begin this one.
The Perfect Groom is all that I felt in the beginning, and so much more. It is not your typical love story, nor is it a tale of a heart break. The book addresses an issue that the society we live in today tries to ignore in the hope that if they ignore, the issue would cease to exist. This book doubles up as a love story and as a story that sends a strong message to the society.
The book tells the story of a family that lost the father very early and how the daughters were ill-treated by the uncle and aunt who gave them room for living. Nithya is the elder daughter who in a series of twists of her fate, gets married to Ashok who lives in the USA and goes away from her family. She is well looked after, but has a loveless marriage and tries to find happiness in the small things she enjoys. It is then that Vasu, her childhood friend who too was abused by the same uncle and aunty comes back to her life. She finds that his return brings back a lot of memories of home and good times they shared together. She denies herself any happiness outside of her marriage and tries to lead a normal life. At some point it feels like she is denying herself happiness purposefully.
The characters are well etched and the story too is believable and it could very well be the story of so many girls around us. It portrays how much Indian girls are willing to give just to make sure that they make their marriage work.
I would recommend this book highly.
 
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Meet the Author
 
The Author’s Thoughts
 
An author and a freelance writer, Sumeetha Manikandan has been writing for many years now. After working in dotcom companies, like Sulekha for over a decade, she started freelancing from home. 
 
Her debut novella, ‘The Perfect Groom’ was initially written in a script format, which was later converted into a novella for Indireads. The Perfect Groom touches a taboo subject that is most often shrouded in secret whispers and exclamations in the tambrahm community. Inspired by a real anecdote, ‘The Perfect Groom’ is in parts the true story of a girl who rose above myriad challenges to make her own way in life.
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Writing to me is therapy, it frightens and comforts at the same time. Liberates like nothing else. A book in my own name is a dream, but a bigger dream would be to write something that haunts the reader even after the last page is turned and the book is shut. I enjoy reading and music, spending time with family whilst battling my social awkwardness.

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8 thoughts on “Book Review ~ The Perfect Groom

  1. Yes,
    I would also Highly recommend “The Perfect Groom”.
    Just too good story, and the writting.. We are able to visualize the entire story infront of eyes..
    Very Nice Story..

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