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Loving You: A Destination Wedding Book (Destination Weddings 6) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B097B944L1
- Language : English
- File size : 405 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 182 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,527 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I've followed this series keenly ever since Andaleeb started writing it & I love how she has explored different challenges that relationships face through the different love stories.
I felt my heart strings tug a little more than usual in this one - it's probably because of the powerful narrative that leads beautifully up to a climax worthy of an epic love story, with the female lead taking the crucial step towards the happily-ever-after.
Hamza has seen the joy his twin brother Hamdaan's life after his arranged marriage with the beautiful Ghazal. He is wary of love marriages & asks his family to look for a suitable bride for him. But he forgets that where the heart is concerned, there's very little that can be guaranteed. Hamza gets engaged to Mahrukh, but can't stop thinking about her aunt Noorain.
Noorain is fiesty, independent & ambitious - dealing with a past heartbreak of her own that deems her 'unsuitable' for Hamza by society's standards. Hamza & Noorain fight their attraction towards each other & try to quell their burgeoning feelings, but love, as they say, will find its way!
I think it's wonderful how Andaleeb has tackled the issue of divorces & the stigmas surrounding them in this book. From friends to family members, Noorain faces barbs from all for being a divorcee, but it doesn't faze Hamdan even slightly as he has seen his brother go through it too. He is sensitive enough to realize that women face a tougher time compared to men & is careful to never negate Noorain's struggles & feelings.
We need more of these men & women in real life too & I believe popular culture is as good a medium as any to normalize these conversations while helping in smashing stereotypes.
My ratings: 4.3/5
Seeing the happiness of his brother and sister-in-law after an arranged marriage, Hamza asks his mother to look for a suitable life partner for himself. He meets Mahrukh, a pretty and docile girl, whom he likes. The two soon get engaged but as the days towards their wedding draw close, Hamza realizes that he doesn't share that 'special' connection with Mahrukh. Mahrukh's aunt, Noorian, though, makes him feel things he isn't proud to admit even to himself. Does Noorain feel the same too?
What I liked about the book:
-> Noorain's character is an inspiration; reading about her achievements was nothing less than empowering.
-> I loved how Hamza remains unfazed by any of the so-called 'stigmas' around Noorain's past.
-> The way Mahrukh handles things in the climax.
-> Nani's (Noorain's grandmother) character and her naughtiness are so heartwarming.
-> Arwa's character is a typical frustrated 'aunty' whose only goal in life is to demean other women.
What I did not like about the book:
-> Mahruk's character comes off as childish, docile, a pushover, unambitious, and somewhat insensitive. But her actions in the climax are completely contradictory to her earlier behavior. I found this a little unbelievable.
-> I wish we were shown how Noorain's relationship with her sister Haniya changes or becomes better after Mahruk sides with Noorain.
-> One couldn't actively go and fall in love with someone. That's not how it works.
-> One can't live their entire life, shunning others, and not engaging with people.
-> Sometimes, the right things happen to us in all the wrong ways.
->People reveal what they're like during difficult moments. You can't do anything about that.
Here in book 6 it's all about Noorain and Hamza. Their very different and struggled love story.
A divorcee and a handsome bachalor of town. First sight love and everything changed for both of them.
The plot is really amazing and the flow of story is superb. Full of emotions, romance, physical chemistry and pure innocent love.
A superb read.
Love can come from any corner and any destination, and when love comes knocking you open the door with trepidation, but hope. That's the message I got from loving you. I'm thankful to the author for not making the book all about literary prose and floral language because it would have taken me away from the actual story and into three world of frustrating 4 page long descriptions.
All in all, a beautiful, thoughtful romance once again by Andaleeb
The characters are well etched and so are the moments in the story. Though it is a romance, everything is not hunky dory and Andaleeb has churned out the reality of broken marriages and its unfair effect on women well. I am glad I picked this to read.