Thursday, 5 April 2018

Book: Road to Cherry Hills: A Motivating Story


Title:  Road to Cherry Hills
Author: Sohini Bagchi
Publisher: LiFi Publications
Pages: 176
Price: Rs. 225 
My Rating: 3.5/5

Road to Cherry Hills takes us into the world of Rimjhim, as she walks down the memory lane to her campus days where she meets Ankit, falls head over heels for him and thought her life has changed forever. Of course it did, but in the most unexpected ways, as she soon finds her life taking a completely different turn. Rimjhim, now a single mother and a successful professional, moves on to fight her own battle. She didn't need special power to do so, but a strong willpower to overcome difficult times. That willpower which we all have but we are only one step away to realise it. The story narrates her trials and tribulations, her dilemmas and achievements, her darkest fears and her deepest desires as she embarks on a journey of self-discovery.

As I started reading through the initial pages of the book, I was mesmerized by the natural beauty of Cherry Hills as it is so beautifully depicted by the author. The initial pages made me wish for a vacation... [sigh!]

The story revolves around Rimjhim's life and how she coped up with every situation. It is a motivational story showcasing how life threw so many issues at Rimjhim and how she stayed motivated and found her footing.  While reading you tend to wonder 'does so many bad things happen to one good person?' - answer obviously is yes and not just in a story but also in real lives.

It is a beautiful story and so well-narrated that you feel and endure everything with Rimjhim and feel depressed at times. Hence it is not for people who only like to read happy-happy stuff :)

Talking about characters, Rimjhim's character is built overtime and while reading you learn all about her. However for all other side characters, a bit of background and additional narration is required. As a reader I could not relate to anyone except for Rimjhim.

What I found lacking in the story is Rimjhim's relation with her daughter. The birth of her daughter was a pivotal point and their relationship should have been explored more.

The climax of the book is just as per expectation. 'What goes around, comes around' is a popular phrase and it was kind of expected to happen. To some people it is 'way too optimistic' but I believe in Karma and it is well depicted here.

Overall I liked the book and my rating for it is 3.5/5

Do give it a try.

Lots of love

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