With You I Dance is a tale of heartbreak, love and flawed people who come together to make perfection. It is a love story full of passion, perseverance, and fighting for love. Meera and Abheer make the perfect couple yet they fall apart, find each other again and they keep working to be good enough for love and for each other.
Meera has her dance and that is what soothes her and scares her. The author has struck a near perfect balance with the conflict which envelopes Meera and the love and support that surrounds her as she tries to find her anchor and overcome her debacle. Almost like a phoenix she rises and her grit is what kept the story moving. I felt her pain, helplessness, and hunger in her to win. Aarti has penned a very emotional story, almost as if she has laid her heart out along with the words.
Abheer with his love and faith in spite of his baggage and the treatment meted out to him made him a real hero for me. The beauty of the characters is their shades of grey, like real life no one is perfect and that is alright. I loved reading about the failings and failures of people very much like us.
Zoya is the perfect, beautiful, hot and successful friend – the one that you can go to with no matter what. She is the bright light in the gloom that surrounds Meera as she tries to find her balance. I wanted to know more about her. I wish Aarti would write about her, maybe another book? What makes Zoya tick? 😉
And the best part of the book apart from all the love flowing around is the love between the Sagar siblings. Bullet, the younger brother is one hell of a guy. He needs his own love story, in fact I think he must be giving Aarti quite a few sleepless nights to get it done. I know I will eagerly await his book and Zoya’s too. That bombshell, rock solid babe, Zoya needs a rock star by her side.
I had loved Kingdom Come and was eager to read this book and even though this book has no bullets flying and bombs exploding it is an equally hot read. With You I Dance has made a lifelong fan of Aarti’s writing as I fell in love yet again.
The parents add reality and depth to the story even when we think that ballet is so far removed from the mind of an average Indian. Yet it could have been any profession and the struggle would have been equally real. I savoured read this book and took my own sweet time in reviewing it but I had loved the cover and the title and indeed Aarti did make me dance with Meera and Abheer.
#WithYouIDance is a book that will stay with me and remind me that there is always hope when there is nothing at all. Love, faith, and hard work make all things possible – not easy but just a bit possible.
With You I Dance
Meera Sagar had everything—the perfect job as a principal ballerina (for a prestigious New York ballet company) and a man who loved her as much as she loved him. But tragedy struck on the night before her biggest performance, forcing her to do the one thing she never wanted to do—come back home. To Mumbai.
Now, a year later, Meera is still trying to pick up the pieces, while fending off marriage proposals from her well-meaning but traditional Gujarati family, and figure life out all over again. By starting a ballet school in Mumbai.
But she has two problems. One, she doesn’t know anything about running a business. And two, she can’t dance. Not anymore.
Enter . . .
Abeer Goswami. Hotshot junior partner at a South Bombay law firm and a man nursing a broken heart. When he meets Meera again, the woman who left him, he tries his hardest to be her friend, to help her . . . and not let the past get in the way.
And then . . .
There is the sexy Zoya Sehgal. Meera’s only friend in the city and the woman Abeer is currently seeing.
They say triangles have pointy edges, for a reason.
Will Meera find a new dream in her ballet school? Can Abeer and Meera find their way back to each other again? And, most important, has Meera danced for the last time?
With You I Dance is a warm, funny, at times heart-rending, love story of second chances, true love, and finding yourself when your dearest dream has vanished.