Sunday, August 10, 2014

#83 : A Prayer Heeded by Samreen Ahsan





A Prayer Heeded: A Prayer Series II

BOOK TITLE: A Prayer Heeded

ISBN: B00IDVBPAM

AUTHOR: Samreen Ahsan

GENRE:  Fiction - Romance

NUMBER OF PAGES: 281

FORMAT: Digital

SERIES / STANDALONE: A Prayer - 2

REVIEW BY: Shree Janani

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK:  After reading the first book, I loved the book so much that I wrote to the writer asking for a review copy of this book as well in exchange for a honest review. Thank you Samreen!

SUMMARY :Adam Gibson is a multimillionaire who is not searching for God--or demons--when he finds love with a beautiful woman. Unfortunately, Rania, the one who has captured his heart, has a tormented past. Adam is unaware of his powers, how God makes sure his each prayer is heeded due to his virtue of charity. Adam knows Rania is still the answer to all his silent prayers. But now only time will tell if her soul is destined to be his once again.
REVIEW:
The previous book left me high and dry. The romance between Raina and Adam is the previous book was portrayed truly beautifully, so I knew what to expect in this book. But then this book was everything I didn’t expect. The writer in her mail did warn me that this book was slightly different, but little did I know what I signed up for.

In the previous book, the readers are given glimpses of Raina’s violent past. And here I was expecting a past to be filled with normal “violence”. The story took a paranormal turn there. Paranormal wouldn’t be the apt word – mythical fits better. The whole story line suddenly transformed into a paranormal romance filled with references to Mythical creatures – Jinn or Satan as I’ve known for long.

Having never read much about Muslim culture or practices, this book proved to be an eye-opener for me. Raina’s violent past and her present with Adam has an unfortunate connection to particular obsessed supernatural element. The story is about how Adam breaks that supernatural connection to love Raina with all her heart and soul.
The story proved to be a tear jerker – a syndrome that occurs once in a blue moon to me. To write a book containing references to a particular religion’s spiritual belief without offending practitioners of that religions as well as people from other religion is not easy task. In fact I many writers would steer clear of such delicate subject. This writer has done a brilliant job in that department.  She has explained many beautiful intricacies of the Muslim religion of which I wasn’t aware of. For example, I really didn’t know why Muslim women wear Burqua (Read the book to know why :-P)

There is fine line between romance and eroticism. Many writers tend to unintentionally cross that line. Thankfully for me, this writer managed to stay in that boundary.

To sum it up, this book opened me to a whole new world of a different culture in spite of certain parts of the book reminding me of 50 Shades of Grey.

VERDICT: Must read. Beautiful Story line with deep and rich characters.

RATING: 4.5 on 5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: History, art and literature are her passions. She  loves digging out information about prophecies, divine miracles and paranormal events that are mentioned in history and holy books, that don’t sound possible in today's modern world.

Since childhood,she has been into reading and writing—and yes, it can’t happen without imagination, which luckily has no boundaries. Dance and music are also pastimes she enjoys, as well as reading romance fiction. she loves to travel and explore historical cities. 

EDITIONS AVAILABLE: Paperback, Digital

PRICE: Rs.223 (Kindle)

http://www.amazon.in/gp/product/B00IDVBPAM/ref=x_gr_w_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=goodreads_in-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00IDVBPAM&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2


Note : This review was first posted in Readers' Muse
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