Sunday, September 9, 2018

#619 : Groomnapped by Sundari Venkatraman : Review


Groomnapped - What an intriguing title. The protagonist  Ameya - Millionaire, falls in love with Surekha, the eldest daughter of a carpenter. Surekha's family cannot really afford the wedding or the dowry with their measly income. Ameya has no other choice but to resort to extreme means to marry the love of his life. 

The story is quite fast paced and well thought of. However, it just scrapes the outer layer of a very serious issue. Such a story line offers a wide scope to play with some serious emotions, nevertheless, the writer has chosen to keep it a simple read without bringing in the heavy emotional baggage that this story line has to offer.  

To cope up with being a simple story, the writer has ensured to keep the characterization simple and straightforward without adding layers and complexity. 

This book is a perfect read if you are in a reading slump or have just completed reading an emotionally heavy book. 

(The Groom Series #1)
Sundari Venkatraman


The lovely and feisty Surekha is the eldest of three daughters of a carpenter from the wrong side of the tracks. She teaches science and maths in the Bihar Public School. 

Ameya is the only son of a millionaire farmer-cum-builder and over and above that, he’s educated too. 

They meet and fall in love quite easily, the drawback being the dowry system prevalent in Bihar. With Ameya’s parents expecting a huge dowry and Surekha’s parents having a tough time eking a living out of their humble income, it seems like the match between the two lovers is one made in hell. 

Ameya isn’t one to take things lying on his back. But when the parents who adore him otherwise are so set against the marriage, will he be able to make Surekha his? 

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About the author

Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 31 titles (27 books & 4 collections) to her name, all Top 100 Bestsellers on Amazon India, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada and Amazon Australia in both romance as well as Asian Drama categories. Her latest hot romances have all been on #1 Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month.

Even as a kid, Sundari absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome as she grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on, Phantom comics, Mandrake comics and the like. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end. 

Soon, into her teens, Sundari switched her attention from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising what would have happened if there were similar situations happening in India; to a local hero and heroine. Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years. 

Then came the writing – a true bolt out of the blue! And Sundari Venkatraman has never looked back.

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  1. Sundari ma'am is an inspiring woman. Having read few of her other books, I really liked the unique perspective that you brought in this review. Well written.

  2. Nice review. It is always difficult to reconcile the difference when two people coming from two contrasting family background, in this case financially. One person has to adjust, we expect the girl to be adjusting. Given Surekha is a woman who is unlikely to take things lying down. I am anticipating the book to be a cracker. The review raises my anticipation.

  3. I quit agree with you in terms of not having too many layers in Sundariji's writings. Its not just this book, but all her works make for simple enjoyable reads. But yes, they are good to get you out of your reading slump, because she does pique your interest and forces you to somehow lay your hands on her next work. Like I am eagerly waiting to read the sequel to this book, that's going to be about Ameya's reporter friend and Surekhs's sister next-in-line ;)

  4. Quite intrigued by your review and wanting to know more. Seems to be a simple relatable story line.
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  5. I have never read this author. I think I should. Thank you for the review. I will read this one soon ☺️

  6. With the book title I was expecting a heavy emotional drama. However, it seems like a simple and fun read on a lazy noon. I would try it out.

  7. Well reviewed. Will check out the book soon.

  8. Guess it's the perfect book for me to get out of the reading slump. Will look it up.

  9. Blurb seems interesting. Nice review