Book Reviews

The Last Love Letter by Kulpreet Yadav – Book Review

  • Author: Kulpreet Yadav
  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Rupa Publications India (20 June 2019)
  • Language: English

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Akash is devastated when his wife Nisha dies of cancer, leaving him all alone to raise their four-year-old daughter, Sara. He finds it impossible to deal with the void in his life, and coping with the demands of being a single parent makes the situation worse. The crisis affects his professional life as well, which, too, takes an unexpected turn.

Subah is a painter who started hating men ever since she was dumped by her boyfriend for another woman. She runs an NGO that helps women whose lives have been ruined by abusive men.

When Akash meets Subah their lives change forever, but Akash is ridden with guilt as he finds himself getting closer to Subah. Can he be in love with two women at the same time? The Last Love Letter explores the contours of broken relationships and the meaning of commitment in modern India. The book discovers that love is neither about control nor surrender but a blessing that can only be experienced by listening to the heart.

blurb

Scars don’t define the pain you have to suffer, scars are the trophies that celebrate your survival.

Letters are one of the ancient and most beautiful forms of communication. The emotions they held and the manner in which they are expressed is surely amazing. The Last Love Letter by Kulpreet Yadav is yet another manifestation of the timeless beauty of letters.

Akash is shattered after his wife Nisha succumbs to the enormity of cancer. He is left with their daughter Saara to look after. He manages to balance his work and personal life to give as much love and attention to the little girl. Due to sheer serendipity, the father-daughter duo stumbles upon Subah and this chance meeting changes things for them forever.

The book brings out the importance of faith in the idea of love before falling into it. Akash and Subah represent the people who are heartbroken and find it hard to cope with the enormous pain of losing their loved ones. They are in love which brews slowly, takes its sweet time to explore their interests and inclinations, and finally transcends the limitations they imposed on themselves to feel love. How the story progresses with these two is beautiful. Not just them, the side characters also played their roles well to complement the plot.

Though the story wasn’t fresh to me, I liked the free flow of emotions which made the narrative delightful. Akash carrying out his responsibilities so well made him my favorite. Subah working for the betterment of women was worth praising. They were haunted by the demons of their past but still managed to fight them and give themselves a second chance at love.

The writing style was epistolatory at some places while smooth and simple for most of the part. The language, the expressions, the narration – everything made this romance novel appealing. What attracted me the most was the books arresting cover which pulled me out of my dislike for romance and made me finish it in a single sitting. I would recommend it to people looking for some light, simple romantic reads.

MY RATING: 3.5/ 5


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