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Start an Andaleeb Wajid novel at 10 in the night at your own peril!! I started this novel last night and stayed up half the night just because I couldn't let go of Ghazal and Hamadan's story. The book, as all her other books, flows smoothly. The characters are flawed, battling their own insecurities, yet they don't give up on love. I loved the part where Ghazal tells Khalil that she had "Gumption". Gumption is what we all need to survive in the world and Ghazal had bucket loads of it. After reading the book you realise how insecurity can damage your self-esteem and your happiness. I felt as if the author had written the book, keeping us introverts in mind. We, the ones, who are afraid to speak out our heart and battle our imaginary demons have been portrayed very well in Ghazal and Hamadan. The whole "Destination Wedding " series has been a cracker P.S. Now turn for Hamza please,
Another lovely romance novel from Andaleeb! Every time I read one of her Destination Wedding books I wonder who is going to be at the centre of her next book. Was so happy to see Ghazal get her own love story with the broody Hamdaan. I know who I want the next one to be about! :D
Such a pleasant story. It was like looking at a friend's life unfold in words. Simple writing but so profound in making you feel. This would be one of the books I would not mind reading multiple times. A feel good read.
Ghazal and Hamdaan's love story is beautiful, passionate and as real as it can get. Two apparently 'flawed' individuals by societal standards, one emotionally, one physically come together under the whole 'arranged marriage' scenario that has been perfected in our country. How they move on from just entering the relationship as a call of duty and responsibility towards their families to being so love that they complete each other as husband and wife is what 'Only You' is all about.
Ghazal has got to be one of my favourite fictional protagonists - she's bold yet shy, she's emotional yet so strong, she's passionate about relationships and wants to do the 'right' thing always, but not at the cost of her own self-respect and self-esteem. She's told day in and day out by her mother that she is disabled, but in her own eyes, she is just as capable as any other individual. Her beauty lies in her strength and Andaleeb brings that out beautifully.
Hamdaan is the embodiment of the typical 'perfect' Indian male, but he nurses a broken heart and is unable to let go of his past. But he is willing to give himself a second chance at love, at building a beautiful relationship and that's what redeems his aloofness and brusqueness in personality. He's respectful of Ghazal and endearing towards her too - but how does that eventually translate into fiery love?
Well, you have to read and find out!
Besides the central love story, I absolutely love the brother-sister bond as depicted by Andaleeb through Khalil and Ghazal. Such relationships are precious and their intertwining amidst a love story makes their importance stand out so much more.
Only You is the first book I’ve read by Andaleeb and she’s opened up a whole new world for me. My TBR pile has just expanded to include all the rest of the Destination Wedding series books. Only You is Book #5 but can be read as a standalone story.
Andaleeb’s writing is open, unpretentious, and authentic. It feels like she’s writing the story of someone close to her. She reveals tiny details bit by bit, gradually making the picture clearer for the reader. This device kept me hooked throughout the book.
I loved the theme of two people, considered “damaged goods” by society, helping each other glue their broken pieces together. As characters, Ghazal and Hamdaan are flawed enough to be real people.
Ghazal’s brother and sister-in-law deserve special mention here as the only characters who mostly kept a cool head around the “scandals” that kept threatening to tear the family apart.
I thoroughly enjoyed Andaleeb’s version of boy-meets-girl, especially because most of the drama happens AFTER marriage, which complicates things because now there are families, egos, and emotions involved.
In conclusion, Only You takes turns being bitter, angsty, sweet, heartwarming, and spicy. It’s written with a refreshing focus on the girl’s state of mind and flux of emotions. And it celebrates the blossoming of love despite suffocating customs and rituals, prejudice, and misunderstanding.
(I received a copy of the book via Blogchatter with a request for an honest review.)
I have always been a huge fan of Andaleeb's writing skills, the way she plays with words, her way of telling stories has always occupied my mind and heart for longer period of time. And talking about the destination wedding series she has brilliantly done it. I have read the all 5 stories of the series and trust me it's just mind blowing.
Gazal and Hamdaan are the characters which I feel we all could easily relate. The way story builds up and the twist is just hell intresting. They are such an adorable couple with their fears, poles apart characters and the chemistry they share. The story has everything love, trust, betrayal, truth, hurt and ever lasting love n relationship. Every bit of this novel is pure love and commitment. Also the author has beautifully crafted the sibling bond whether it's khalil n gazal or Hamdaan and Hamza it's just commendable. Overall an excellent read. I enjoyed every word of it and I m sure you will enjoy it too.
I just loved the way Andaleeb has weaved the story in a such romantic way. It’s predictable but still has its charm. I have read all the 4 books in this series. I must say every story has its own enticement for the readers. U cannot really compare. Of course Ghazal was a lovely character but I was more impressed with Khalil & Kimmy’s way of dealing the situations & their poised behaviour. Khalil was such a wonderful brother & author has done full justice to reflect the beautiful bond of siblings whether it is Khali & Ghazal or Hamdaan & Hamza. Their banters reflects their immense love & care for each other. The best thing what I like about Andaleeb’s writing is that it’s very simple to understand & flow of events are really smooth. U start relating to the story & when u can relate u actually enjoy it. 5 star to Andaleeb. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I have read the other 4 books in this series and was so looking forward to this one... And this is just as good as the other 4... Ghazal and Hamdaan are perfect for each other... The story flows so smoothly and beautifully that you can actually feel the pain and happiness that the characters feel... The love between both set of siblings and the bonding in Hamdaan's family is amazing...I love how Khalil and Kimmy are so sorted
Looking forward to Hamza's story next followed by Mayb Anaya's story 😀