Book Review: #JustRomance by Jyoti Arora (Short Stories)

#JUSTROMANCE
by
Jyoti Arora
My Review of Jyoti Arora's #JustRomance

The title and the cover art of #JustRomance perfectly portray the fact that the stories in there are a celebration of love and make for a relaxed reading that one can escape into.
Besides the common theme of romance that the seven stories share, there is a central female character in each struggling against pressures from society and family and at times, even within. Each tale strikes a balance between ambition, familial priorities, and romantic relationship.

Not all is blindly fair in love, but there are other factors that matter. And this is what makes the stories relatable. What is aimed at is a balance. The craziness of love is not of foremost importance. Love does conquer all though...

Each story starts with a few poetic lines, all of which are delightful and some of which are a little cheesy too.
"Oh darling, don't you see? You are my spacebar. No matter what words I use, my story means nothing without you. I need you all the time."

Are all the authorial comments always universally true? Well, there is much to be said about the universally acknowledged truths, such as this one from Drunk on love in #Just Romance
"Deep inside the heart of even the quietest, simplest, plainest, most morally-culturally-socially-legally-politically-correct good girl hides a mischievous goddess yearning to break free." 

The characters of #JustRomance rebel, but there are boundaries to the rebellion too. These boundaries are at times chosen, and at other times, circumstances help. The choices made are not solely over 'just romance' and for me, this adds to the charm of #JustRomance.

Despite the many commonalities among them, each of the stories is very different too. Some are about discovering self, others about letting go of oneself. There are stories of thrill and mystery, and also of emotional turmoil. The locales vary from metro cities to remote islands.

These are simple, sweet, relatable, true-to-life, and so-very-possible stories of the modern, urban young adults.

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Blurb


7 heart-warming love stories to make you smile

You raised a song in my heart
That I never knew before.
Now kiss me, Love,
For I yearn to know
What a dream must taste like.

Luxury adds glamour to romances, danger adds thrill. But it is real emotions that turn love magical. And when love casts its magic, even ordinary people can have extraordinary love stories.

It is seven such delicious and relatable Indian romances that this book brings to you.

With realistic characters that will live in your heart. With romance spanning across mountains, forests, glowing beaches, or coming alive in roadside dhabas and buzzing city streets. With myriad gripping emotions of friendship and love, these feel-good love stories are sure to touch your heart with delight.

If you are in love with love,

then these beautiful romances are a must-read for you!

Seven couples, seven clean contemporary romances, one delicious book.

#JustRomance

Because nothing matters more than love.
     
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About the author


Jyoti Arora is an Indian novelist and blogger. Besides her books, her writing achievements include several wins in blogging competitions, over five years of freelance writing experience, developing books for kids and abridging 30 English novels like Jane Eyre, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, etc. 

Jyoti’s first novel ‘Dream’s Sake’ was published by V&S Publishers in 2011. It tells a beautiful love story revolving around the troubles of physically challenged people. Her second novel ‘Lemon Girl’ is based on the theme of gender crime against women and victim-blaming. It is featured in Ezvid’s wiki list of 9 Well-Written Novels That Put Women Front & Center. It also received appreciation from Ms. Maneka Gandhi. Her third novel ‘You Came Like Hope’ talks about the opposite side of the issue discussed in Lemon Girl. That is, it talks about the fake cases filed by women. This too is a case of gender crime and victim-blaming. But in this case, it is the man who suffers. The book received much appreciation for its unique theme and heart-warming love story. All three books are intense and based on serious social issues. For her fourth book, Jyoti decided to write something lighter and happier. That’s what has resulted in #JustRomance, a collection of happy love stories. 

Books have always been Jyoti’s best friends. In fact, books so fascinated her from early childhood that she learnt to read by herself even before she started going to school. And she considers herself fortunate that she is able to pursue her dream of being a novelist and work at what she loves best.

However, if books are her first love, the thrilling and steadily advancing world of technology also fascinates her. As a result, one of her blogs is a technological blog called TechnoTreats. One of her posts in this blog even won her the title of Samsung Mobiler in 2011. After that, she has won several other blogging competitions too.

She is a patient of Thalassemia which forced her to drop out of school too soon. But she did not let that defeat her. She studied on her own and completed her schooling through correspondence courses. Then she went on to Jyoti study BA English (Honours) from Delhi University and then achieved postgraduation degrees in English Literature and Applied Psychology from Annamalai University.

For her determination and achievements, she has received appreciation from several eminent dignitaries and her life story has been covered in various TV shows, radio programs, newspapers, magazines, and websites. In the year 2016, she was one of the 100 special women achievers of India that were invited as special guests to attend the Republic Day parade in Delhi. 


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