A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.

Some novels make you believe in this quote.

A Quest For Spring by Monica Mujumdar Dixit, published by Notion Press is a romance novel.

The novel follows the story of Amolika and Raehan. Raehan belongs to Kashmir. He is reserved and doesn’t have many friends. Amolika not only becomes his friend but a confidante and his love. But behind the facade of friendship lies a secret which leads to their separation. For them it is not just the caste barricade but the difference of states that intervenes.

I don’t know if this summary has done justification to this uber exciting love story. But I tried.

The novel runs in a flashback. It has multiple twists and turns. It is divided into different phases. These are Amolika and Raehan’s phases of life that you read. What is consistent throughout is their love. Neither is it forgotten nor does it diminish. It acts as a catalyst for this story. It is acts like a character. When destiny separates you your faith in love will bring you together. It is this faith, this religion that the author worships throughout.

Amolika and Raehan are not just characters, but author makes us live their life! For once you are pulled into the novel there’s no turning back. You wouldn’t be able to put it down. The language is lucid and chapters short. You will fly through the novel and still stay with the story. The conviction voiced is so strong that you start believing in this make-believe romance.

This is second novel I read based on the conflicts in Valley that has interested me and kept me hooked. I loved how the author made the presence of the conflicts felt, almost making Valley another character in the novel. There are a few characters and yet everyone has a role to play. The characters stayed with me even after closing the book.

For starters, this isn’t the cliché romance that you will read. Yes, it felt like a motion picture yet it was convincing. I was 60 pages into the novel and fell in love with it. It rapidly captivates you. By 100 pages it became unputdownable. Transitions in the characters lives weren’t knee jerk. Everything was smooth and neatly done. This is one easy-going yet difficult romance come to think of it. The author was careful yet carefree in her usage of Valley as a theme.

Yet another perfect read for Valentine’s day.

Do pick it up. You won’t be disappointed.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
Publisher: Notion Press
Available on: Amazon, Flipkart

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