Book title: The Last Seychelles Flame
Author: Medha Nagur
About the author: Medha Nagur is a blogger and a writer. You can read her blogs on http://medhanagur.com
About the book: The romantic story is about Adrija Agte, 32 years old who sets off to Mumbai to chase her dream to become “the best fashion photographer of the country”.
Review: The die-hard romantic in me was happy to review this love story. The story takes off with a dramatic beginning, we find Adrija living with her parents. Soon we learn that her parents haven’t been very supportive of her and now that she wants to make it big in a metro city, she is told by her parents “You leave the house today and you leave us forever. I am not taking you back ever again”.
Adrija does not let her parents marry her off like rest of her friends. Her parents are unsupportive yet she doesn’t let it be detrimental in following her dreams. She leaves her town in the prospect of a photography job in Mumbai. Adrija reaches Seychelles after just 2 days in the job. She lands in the beautiful place, yet her demons of the past have a way to follow her to any corner of the world. Adrija meets Om aka Jabber Jackson and soon finds herself head over heels in love.
At the start of it, you predict it to be another run off the mill damsel in distress being saved by the knight in shining armor sort of story. Yes, she is petite, delicate and she gets rescued a few times by her man. But there is more to her than that.
Characterization of Adrija’s is believable. She faces her fear, her demons. She chooses to fight in the flight-or-fight situation. She dreams of having a happy ending but she wants to earn it with dignity. Though Roonie’s insurmountable deceit and cunningness are not substantiated with any genuine reason. The readers, however, will be taken in with Om’s mannerisms crafted well by the writer.
What I liked about the book-
1- Adrija is shaken by her past, yet she doesn’t succumb. She doesn’t go running into her prince charming’s arms to be rescued. For once, she has a plan and she succeeds.
2- The romantic scene where Om proposes, is my favorite scene from the story. Though, I won’t spoil it for you.
What can be worked on-
1- The book requires editing. Some paragraphs are too small which breaks the rhythm and momentum of reading. The grammatical and spelling errors distract the reader from enjoying an interesting plot.
2-There are moments when the writer tells how brilliant Adrija’s photography skills were. However, as a reader, I needed to see it in order to believe it. More research could have helped to make the protagonist’s profession more credible and enjoyable for the readers.
It is a fun romantic story with plenty of drama which keeps the plot engaging and moving at a rapid pace. The characters develop and mature beautifully. With the romanticism hidden subtly between the lead characters, they try to resolve the issues together.