The third and final book in The Jasmine Villa series, Three Times Lucky by Andaleeb Wajid is a fast-paced, albeit slightly predictable story spun around romance, familial ties, and marriage. The series revolves around three sisters, Tehzeeb, Ana, and Athiya. I read Wajid’s Only You in 2021 and loved her style.
The moment I saw this book was up for review on Blogchatter, I applied for it immediately. And thanks to the powers above, I got it! Let me share a little secret… By mistake, the publisher sent me all the three books and I can’t wait to read them! Guess I got Three Times Lucky, too!!
Set in Bangalore, the story focuses mainly on the romance between Athiya and Farhan, two opposite characters. While Athiya is a firecracker, known to speak her mind, Farhan is a composed and self-assured businessman who is careful with his words. Unlikely circumstances bring the couple together and together they navigate through various hurdles and come out stronger.
There are many aspects I loved about this story.
Firstly, the women characters. They are strong, modern women who are relatable, sure of themselves, balance their professional and personal lives with ease, and are not scared to make the first move for expressing their love physically. The men, for once playing the secondary characters, are equally well etched too.
Even though this is the last book in the series, I could relate to the characters easily.
The steamy romance between the various couples is tastefully written. Though this is a love story, and there is enough chemistry between the three couples, what I liked more is the bond between the three sisters. So heartwarming!
I liked how the author refrains from stereotyping the main characters,their lives, homes, and even dressing style. Bollywood has ruined us enough with kohl-eyed men carrying long hennaed beards and submissive women. Reading this book was a refreshing and much-needed change.
Wajid is a superlative writer, and the transition between chapters is the perfect example of her exemplary skills. The ease with which she sets the scene and gives a candid glimpse of various character’s thoughts and action processes amazed me. With a simple and effective vocabulary, the author has created a memorable experience for her readers.
However, the circumstances and reason behind Athiya’s rushed marriage seems contradictory to the character sketch. On one hand, the three sisters are confident characters, but they agree to Athiya’s wedding to a man much older with no protests.
Pick up Three Times Lucky if you are looking for a fast-paced, sweet romance. Believe me, you won’t regret spending time with Athiya and her loved ones. You can read this in order or even as a stand-alone book.
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Wordsopedia Rating 4/5
|Title: Three Times Lucky
|Author: Andaleeb Wajid
|Publication date: Feb 6, 2023
|Genre: Fiction—Contemporary Romance
|No. of Pages: 286
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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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