Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Book Review: TAKE 2: SECOND CHANCE AT HAPPINESS by Ruchi Singh

I received a copy of Take 2: Second Chance At Happiness from author Ruchi Singh two days ago. The plan was to read the book during my holiday next week and give her a review on return. But I was hooked, the moment I opened the first page after downloading the book on my phone. I just read and read till I finished the book at 2.10 am.


(Courtesy: GoodReads)

Priya’s idyllic world turns upside down when she realises 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?


I have read a number of short stories by Ruchi Singh on her blog I luv fiction and loved them. I had been keen to read her full length novel for a long time, but only got the time now. As I mentioned above, it was unputdownable once I began to read.

Priya is very young when her husband Sameer insists on divorcing her. He’s been cheating on her with other women and living off her earnings for a long time. But innocent Priya trusts him completely. Even when she finds out that he’s sleeping with model Jessica, Priya believes that it’s Jessica who’s got her claws into him and doesn’t realise Sameer is a selfish bastard.

While out with her friends, she meets Abhimanyu. He’s attracted to her from first sight and is shocked when he finds out that she’s married. Drawn to her despite the circumstances and everyone’s advice, Abhi helps Priya when she sets out to woo Sameer back.

Abhimanyu is a hotshot guy working in advertising; has won an award recently, is chivalrous, can cook and is a complete hero. He's simply adorable. It's no wonder that he plays a big role in healing Priya who has had a tough life so far.

The relationship between Abhi and Priya has been built beautifully. Priya seems weak in the beginning, but soon we realise that it’s because she’s young. She grows up fast and realises what kind of a cad her husband is. That’s when she files for a divorce.

I am not going to say much from this point on as I will let out spoilers. But the characters, sequences and the story have been built very well – from the good guys, to the bad guys, to the supporting characters, including Kitkat.

For a first novel, I must congratulate Ruchi Singh on spinning a wonderful story.

VERDICT: A must read if you like romances

Disclaimer: I received a free EPUB version of this book from the author in return for my honest review.

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About the author

Ruchi Singh is a novelist, and writes in two genres; romance and romantic thriller. She has a degree in Electronics Engineering and is a freelance IT Quality Consultant. She began her writing career writing short stories and articles, which have been published on various online forums. She has been a contributing author to many anthologies and has published her first book Take 2, which is a contemporary romance with a spice of social drama.

A voracious reader, her favourite genre is 'romantic thriller'. Besides writing and reading, her other interests include dabbling with Indian classical dance forms.

Check out Ruchi's Book Reviews on www.iluvfiction.com

To know more, visit her website: www.ruchisingh.in