Book Review – A Way Back Into Love by Veronica Thatcher

OK, so I have returned to my blog (that was dead for exactly 2 years!). I have to thank book review tours for this. I have been reviewing books with them for a while now (on Goodreads and Amazon), but it’s only now that I thought of writing the review on my blog (and revive it at last).

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A Way Back Into Love

Disclaimer: This is going to be solely my opinion and observation about the book as I had received a complimentary copy for an honest review.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

My rating: 3.5/5

The story is about Emily Stevens – a cheerful teen and her best friend since kindergarten Derek Thorpe. The friendship of fifteen years takes a different turn as Emily realizes she is in love with Derek. But as fate would have it, one night something happens which changes Emily’s life completely. Heartbroken and dejected on learning that the feeling is not mutual, Emily decides to leave for Boston in the middle of the term – away from Derek, away from the place and away from everything. Derek is clueless about Emily’s drastic step. But she cannot run forever, and so when she finishes her med school and returns home – she is back to all that she had once left behind.

Five years is a long time to change people, but Emily’s feelings for Derek haven’t. She has to get over her heartache, for Derek is engaged to marry her sister Emma now. But life once again brings them closer as they start working together at a hospital. Over time, more life-changing, fate-changing events take place in both their lives. Does Derek finally learn why Emily had left him 5 years ago? Does Emily learn what Derek truly feels for her? Do they finally know what exactly went wrong between them that changed both their lives?

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My Review

I seldom read romance novels and it has been a really long time since I read one, so I decided to read this. Though the plot was simple, the author managed to keep the readers interested with the flashback-styled narration that switched between different times in the lives of the characters. The book didn’t exactly keep me hooked, in fact, I took quite longer than usual to finish a book. But that’s just me, maybe those fond of romantic novels would disagree with me on this. Overall, it was an okay book for a light read. My best wishes to the author for her next book(s).

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Let the countdown begin!

Before its time to say adieu 2014, a quick recap of how I lived it 🙂
Traveled to some beautiful places
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Read some awesome books

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Started and discontinued fitness regime 😦

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Met some new people (and a lots on WP, thank you!)

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New Pppl

Loved, and got loved
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Fell in love all over again

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Got bitten by the creative bug

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Reconnected with some old friends

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Started and discontinued fitness regime (again) 😦 (>_<)

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Missed some dear ones

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Got little better at cooking
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Thanks to every single one of you for being a part of it and making it awesome!!

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Looking forward to read more, travel more, live, love and laugh more in 2015 🙂 🙂 🙂

Pictures from Travel Diary #7

This entry in the travel diary is one of the most unforgettable journeys – to the desert valley of the mighty Himalayas and to the lake of moon – Chandrataal (visited in September-October 2014).

I traveled and brought back with me the happy memories of blue skies, dusty brown mountains – some flaunting their snowy peaks, kindest people with warm smiles, scary and difficult roads, exhausting trek in dirt (no-tar) roads, camping in sub zero temperature, surreal landscape, cold mountain winds, night sky of zillion stars, musing meadows, mesmerizing blue-green waters of the lake of moon – their colors changing, casting spells and mirroring everything that touched it.

Left my heart behind in those mountains — left to return soon, very soon!

To Chandratal

Trek path to Chandrataal

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Many colors at Chandrataal: Lake of moon

Pristine water

Beautiful reflections

She calls me Zeba

I lay on the prickly brown-green grass, reading a book. I have a lot of time here, in this dream. This little town in the lap of mountains, pampers me. I feel like a baby again in possession of peace and happiness. I don’t worry about the bills, the job, the monies, the false friends and even the repercussions of being ‘myself’ with a kin. I am far away from all that – I’m with happiness here.

It’s a cold day. The sun doesn’t let me out of its sight even for a second. My fingers are cold and pale. I turn them carefully with my numb fingers – the old, fragile brown pages of the old book. I love its smell.

Not very far from me, is a small hut, smoke escaping its top and floating in white unshapely globs. The clear blue sky looks a shade lighter through them – I like that shade. I remember the cotton candy and hallucinate of a sweet taste. The fire should to be kept alive all day long. I love this house – it is warm and cozy even on the coldest day. It is very small though.

A very kind old lady owns the pretty house and I adore her. She has allowed me to stay in there. We don’t speak each others language and communicate in signs and smiles. I don’t know her name, she never tells me, I call her khala. She never asked my name but she calls me Zeba.

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(Image: Google images)

23 things Disney movies have taught me :)

All those who say Disney movies are only for kids, are wrong. The characters even though, born on paper, say and do things that are not just entertaining but also wonderful and inspiring. In this post, I’m listing a few:

1) Believe in your dreams

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~ “A dream is a wish your heart makes.” – Cinderella ~

(yes, the consistent Disney movies theme, and I love it)

2) Nothing’s better than friends

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~ “Nuffin’s  better than a friend!” – Thumper, Bambi ~

(Well said, you cutie fella!)

3) Listen to your heart

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~ “Tell me, Princess, now when did you last let your heart decide?” – Aladdin ~

(mmm… OK yeah, may be not all the time though)

4) Be polite

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~ “Say ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you’ even if you’re feeling grumpy.” – Snow White ~

(Easier said than done, but yeah – I need to practice this)

5) Be patient

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~ “Even miracles take a little time.” – Fairy Godmother, Cinderella ~

(God, give me patience and give it to me now)

6) Never give up on hope

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~ “When the world says ‘give up’, hope whispers ‘try one more time”. – Ariel, The little mermaid ~

(Yup… tried and tested *thumbs up*)

7) Be crazy

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~ “You’re mad. Bonkers. Off your head…but I’ll tell you a secret… all of the best people are.” – The Mad Hatter, Alice in wonderland ~

(Wow! Justifies my awesomeness *winks* Thank you Hatter)

8) Be adventurous

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~ “Adventure is out there!” – Up ~

(Adventures – without them, call me DEAD!)

9) Be focused

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~ “I never look back darling. It distracts from the now.” – Edna, The Incredibles ~

(Right! So I was saying … *Whatsapp ping” … oh hey who’s that? *starts chatting*)

10) Choose wisely

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~ “Oh yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it you can either run from it or learn from it.” – Rafiki, Lion King ~

(Some words of wisdom from the baboon – always try to remember them)

11) Keep working towards your goals

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~ “Just keep swimming” – Dory, Finding Nemo ~

(This is my fave movie & I totally love Dory)

12) Keep promises

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~ “And when I promise something I never ever break that promise.” – Rapunzel, Tangled ~

(ahem… ahem… yeah OK I remember I promised to blog regularly, come on, I’m trying, really  *puppy face*)

13) Nothing’s beautiful than a beautiful soul

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~ “Like so many things, it is not what is outside, but what is inside that counts.” – Merchant, Aladdin ~

(This is deep, like, literally)

14) Believe in yourself

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~ “The things that make me different are the things that make me.” Winnie the Pooh ~

(Someone very close to me keeps me reminding of this, thank you H)

15) You’re never too old to dream

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~ “You’re never too old to wish upon a star.” – The Princess and the frog ~

(Dunno whether any wish I wished upon a star ever came true, but I still continue to do that *chuckles*)

16) Follow your heart

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~ “I just needed to get out on my own, live my own life. And I did, and it’s great.” – Simba, Lion King ~

(Been there, done that. It does feel great. High-five Simba!)

17) Miracles happen only when you believe
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~ “All you need is faith, trust and little pixie dust.” – Peter Pan ~

(Faith – check, trust – check, waiting for some pixie dust 😀 )

18) Age is just a number

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~ “You’re never too old to be young.” – Snow White ~

(Hope I remember this when I do grow old)

19) Be strong, stay beautiful

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~ “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” – Fa Zhou, Mulan ~

20) Never stop believing in your dreams

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~ “No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.” – Cinderella ~

(Keep believing, keep wishing, keep dreaming!)

21) ‘LIVE’, don’t just ‘SURVIVE’

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~ “I don’t want to survive, I want to live.” – Captain, Wall-e ~

(This one is profound!)

22) A well spent ‘today’ stays forever as a happy memory
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~ “Today’s special moments are tomorrow’s memories.” – Genie, Aladdin ~

(Love this big guy!)

23) Last but not the least – Forget all your worries.

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~ “Hakuna Matata. It means no worries for the rest of your days.” – Lion King ~

*humming*

*starts singing* OK gotta go watch the song now!

(Picture courtesy: Google images)