The quality of life was so enhanced when individual strands intermingled to create a rich tapestry of shared life experiences. – Skeins by Richa Gupta

I love reading women’s fiction and moreover I love it when books surprise me. I hardly ever read a blurb before diving into the book. So when I dived into Skeins by Richa Gupta, a few pages read and I knew this was a strong narrative I was reading.

The book follows the story of 16 women who embark on a tour of Spain and Portugal. Each of these women is broken in a way and this tour is going to be a life changer for all of them. They not only bond but are mended during this tour.

“It’s not easy to populate blank pages with a meaningful and believable narrative. One has to feel strongly about the subject and create realistic characters.” – Skeins by Richa Gupta

The book follows a linear narrative. There are multiple characters and to balance them all, to sketch them to perfection, is what the author does well and with elan. These characters are quite relatable and come in varied shapes and sizes. I can say that this is a narrative with varied threads knit tightly by the author and their tangled lives are shown to gradually untangle – this without compromising on the pace, language or the story.

The language is sure sophisticated but there is much ease in the language. And the book is fast paced. The author packs emotions, actions, quests quite intricately in the narrative. So when I say emotions there is an abusive husband, a philandering husband, a spineless boyfriend, an Alzheimer’s ridden husband etc. The book is layered and every layer is unveiled at a regular interval. And to keep the readers hooked to the book there are twists galore.

Overall, this book packs a punch with every character asking some thought provoking questions. It is a wonderful tale about women and how their fabric of life changes to give us a story that’s tasteful and inspiring.

Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
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