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REVIEW OF THE BOOK- In Love and Free: The tale of a woman caught between two men
By- JAGDISH JOGHEE
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Notion Press; 1 edition (10 September 2015)
THE PLOT AT A GLANCE-
Shruthi has everything going in her life with great education, incredible romance, a wonderful husband, and two adorable kids. There is plenty of laughter, joy, and love in the cosy nest that Shruthi has carefully built. All is well till that fateful Diwali day when passion gets the better of reason. One momentary lapse threatens to uproot the entire foundation of her beautiful life. The stakes are too high as Shruthi runs the risk of being abandoned by her husband and losing her children too. And there is no one to blame but herself. Caught in a cesspool of blackmail, ransom, revenge and remorse, Shruthi is on the brink of collapse. She can run but cannot hide.
The title is pretty apt and it clearly gives us a glimpse of a love triangle as we say. Being faithful and monogamous is not natural for human beings. It takes work. Deep down we all know that. We have all been tempted to stray at some point or another. Even when it was only a fleeting thought and we didn’t act on it. Every time we acknowledge that someone of the opposite sex is “attractive” or “sexy” we are doing nothing other than pointing out that they would be a suitable mate. Not acting on that natural impulse to want to mate with a viable mating partner requires a conscious decision. It’s a constant struggle between what your body wants, and what the civilized part of your brain says you should do, in order to avoid the negative consequences of cheating on your spouse and ruining your long-term relationship. That’s why affairs, and extra-marital sex, are often referred to as “a moment of weakness. Keeping extra marital affair in the backdrop, I feel the title is perfect.
REVIEW OF THE BOOK:
Shruthi’s life was moving like an adorable journey. Starting from her academics till her conjugal life, everything seemed fine. But things changed as she got involved in an extra marital affair with Rahul. Sometimes you want to say, “I love you, but…” Yet the “but” takes away the ‘I love you’. In love there are no ‘buts’ or ‘if’s’ or ‘when’. It’s just there, and always. No beginning, no end. It’s the condition-less state of the heart. Not a feeling that comes and goes at the whim of the emotions. It is there in our heart, a part of our heart…eventually grafting itself into each limb and cell of our bodies. Love changes our brain, the way we move and talk. Love lives in our spirit and graces us with its presence each day, until death.
The plot turns out to be more interesting when the theme of blackmail and conspiracy dips in.its true that The desire to love someone always exceeds the desire to be loved by someone & that’s exactly why we end up loving the person who doesn’t deserve that LOVE. Shruthi finally understands Rahul’s game, but by then her husband gets to know the details. Almost every married person has faced marriage problems one time or the other. It would not be an exaggeration to say that there is no marriage without marriage problems even if the partners truly love each other. The reasons of marriage problems could be any and many.
It would be incorrect and insulting to married women if the answer were a simple Yes. It needs to be qualified. Let us put it this way that there are some married women who do have extra marital affairs or extramarital relationships.
It may not be possible to quote statistics from some authentic research or survey on extra marital affairs involving married women as it would depend from place to place and time to time. But it is safe to presume that the percentage of cases where married women are cheating on their spouse is increasing and the absolute numbers are also alarming. It would be safe to say the percentage of infidelity cases has already crossed the double digit. The analysis of same estimates may also show that younger to middle aged people are more likely to have an affair than older married persons. Adultery is as old as the mankind and infidelity is as modern as the latest mobile phone model. Unlike the more careful and self restrained women of yester years, the women are not bothered about their neither image nor are they concerned what others think about their cheating. They know very well that an extra marital affair or more is not going to get them a social boycott or disgrace in the society. They confidently do what pleases their senses and is OK with their morality, even if it is called infidelity.
Society may denounce it morally — but people overlook it, time and again. We condemn it ethically — but often quietly forgive it to be practical.
“Infidelity is the ultimate crime in a marriage,” says Whitman private investigator. And yet there are stories and gossips everywhere proving that the shame of stepping out has faded. Public figures, famous professionals and celebrities bounce back unscathed.
“Life is short. Let us have an affair” seems to going well with everyone who gets a chance. Nobody would like to miss a chance to have an extra marital affair.
To add on, as the marriage gets older, the mutual attraction begins to fade away. The love birds become two wheels of a cart called the family. The romantic emotions, physical attachment and love etc. are replaced by a mechanical life full of roles and responsibilities for both the partners. In their middle ages, many women tend to feel unwanted and not praised by husband and kids. Enter a colleague or a neighbour in the lady’s life who showers her with compliments and affection. It suddenly feels like oasis in the desert, especially for the sensitive women who are starved for praise, compliments but get indifferent and bored looks from kids and husband.
Many women don’t mind exploring adult dating websites and with it come scores of men who find them attractive and sexually desirable. Through discreet extramarital affairs with new partners women are able to revive and re-live their past when they were found to be charming, beautiful and sexy.
This book will really engulf you into it. There are shades of love, deception, betrayal, forgiveness and cheating. I really loved the way the author has amalgamated love with a thriller. What happens to Shruthi after she realizes her mistake? What happens to Rahul? What is the thrilling climax behind the plot? To know the answers you need to read the book ‘IN LOVE AND FREE’
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WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK-
VERY INTERESTING AND A TRENDING THEME.
BEAUTIFUL CHARECTERISATION ESPECIALLY OF SHRUTHI’S
AN EMOTIONAL JOURNEY OF LOVE, DECEPTION AND FORGIVENESS
Drawbacks (believe me, the negative points are negligible if you compare to the positive aspects)
The blurb could have been made more interesting and a bit elaborative.
The cover and illustration are very common. Maybe it could have been made more unique and attractive.
A great piece of story weaved with emotions throughout.
The feeling of There is nothing inherently painful about being cheated on will engulf you
Overall I would like to rate the book 46 on a scale of 50.
5 stars out of 5
Originality of the plot and sub plots- 10/10
Net emotions in the story- 10/10
Usage of words and phrases-9/10
The title, cover and the illustration-8/10
The net impact on the readers- 9/10