Only You is a beautiful romantic story, not only for the love smitten, but even for those who tread with caution on the path of love. It is difficult to write a romantic page turner, especially when love stories have become cliché. The boy-meets-girl trope is overdone, but Only You is a book you wouldn’t want to miss; for the actual romance starts ‘after!’.
This is the 5th book in the Destination Wedding Series. I’ve not read any of the previous books in the series, but that didn’t negatively affect my reading experience much. (Only in certain bits, I was a little lost with few characters, but it has piqued my interest to read about them)
It can be enjoyed as a standalone, despite being part of the series.
Love – is it always at first sight, or does it caress the soul in unseen unhurried whispers and find a place in the heart? Is there a second chance at love? ‘Only you’ is a warm, fuzzy and sensuous love story.
This story centers around Ghazal. At 25, she is not a prized marriage material. And to make matters worse, she walks with a slight limp. An educated and working girl, yet her liberties are curtailed. Her parents’ conservative views clash with her modern thinking. To bring her estranged family together, she agrees to an arranged marriage. Hamdaan, a divorcee is her match. The marriage, a union of two damaged goods!
But the marriage ignites a love and opens a world of unexperienced feeling and sensations for both. The love making scenes are steamy and passionate, minus erotica. It is pure passion, certainly a treat to the senses.
Khalil and Kimmy are the brother and sister-in-law every girl would love to have. This duo stole my heart with their loving, caring, and supportive attitude towards Ghazal. Her relationship is with her mother is strained, and bordering on a lack of love. She feels more at home in her in-laws’ place than she has ever felt in her childhood home.
Ghazal is a strong protagonist who doesn’t let her physical disability define her dreams. She gives her all for her loved ones. It’s hard not to fall in love with her!
I loved the way the author has sketched the characters. None of them are ‘perfect,’ they all have their flaws, but it is their tiny imperfections which make them closer to reality and bond with the readers.
With less than 200 pages, it’s a quick read, and I could have easily finished it in less than two hours. But I deliberately prolonged the reading, because I wanted to savor the joy and relish the experience for as long as I could.
Andaleeb’s writing style is simple, yet deep and touching. Having loved this book, I am definitely picking up all the books in this series.
Love, romance, jealousy, scandal, fights, drama – Only you has all the spices, and that too in the perfect proportion!
A must read!
Wordsopedia rating 5/5
|Title: Only You||Author: Andaleeb Wajid|
|Publisher: Kindle||Publication date: March 5, 2021|
|Genre: Fiction—Romance||Format: eBook|
|ASIN: B08R94N6Q9||No. of Pages: 197|
About the Author
Andaleeb Wajid is a Bangalore-based writer. She has written on diverse topics like food, relationships and weddings in a Muslim context. She has spoken about how she wants to challenge the stereotypical representation of Muslim lives through her stories.
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