02 July, 2015

#BookReview :: Mistress of Honour by Bhaavna Arora

A tale about passionate love and finding your soulmate . . . only to realize you will always come a close second.

When Potnis, a captain in the Indian Army, meets Pansy during Operation Blue Star, he knows he has found the love of his life. Their passionate romance leads them to the altar and blossoms into a beautiful child, Rihana.

History repeats itself when Advik, a wayward boy from a broken family, catapults into Rihana’s heart as smoothly as he conquers the skies as an Indian Air Force pilot. What follows is a night of unabashed love, transporting the couple to heavenly bliss. Where will their unbridled love lead them? Will Rihana remain a mistress to Advik, for whom the love for his country comes first, or will she be able to make a place in his heart that is second to none? This heartbreaking saga of love, courage and sacrifice will leave you asking for more. 

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Mistress of Honour spins the yarns of a tale of love that includes two generations of the same family. First is the story of Potnis and Pansy, who met during an Operation. Their love gives birth to Rihana. Advik enters Rihana’s life and changes it completely. But after Potnis and Pansy’s story – Is Rihana ready for a relationship where she will always come second to the country? And what effect will Kabir have on Rihana’s life?

The most important part of this book that shines through is the reflection of the lives of Indian Armed Forces. The lives of the people who serve our nation and their partners are depicted in a beautiful manner. It is a difficult life for both the person in service and for their spouse. For the people in service, they hold their lives in their hands and ready to sacrifice it without a second thought – it cannot be easy to do that. And for the spouses, it is the never ending tension of not knowing whether their partner will come back home that night and always coming in second to the country. The amount of dedication and sacrifice, the service calls for is paramount. Hats off to the people who show that kind of commitment and are ready to sacrifice everything, including their lives. In India, we really need to show our support such people who give up a lot for the service of the country. And this book is a way to give a small glimpse of what they face and what they give up. 

I loved the characters as they were very individualistic and each held their own in the story. With two men in the Indian Armed Forces, you would think that they would stand out in the story. But Bhaavna Arora has done a beautiful job in portraying the strong women who stand by their men so that they can serve. Pansy and Rihana are just beautiful and strong characters that show us the sacrifices that a woman makes, however indirect it may be, to help serve the nation. The story was narrated well. Keeping in the difficult parts and yet telling it in a graceful way by balancing the sacrifice and the passion just perfectly. The plot is simple and mostly predictable, yet it did not let me put down the book.

This was an interesting and emotional journey…

Review Copy received through Booksense

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