Midnight’s Star is an emotional book and one that reminds us that the world is not equal for all of us.
A hero who is disabled and a heroine who has enough emotional and financial issues to bury a town under make an unlikely pair in Midnight’s Star. This is the first book in the series of Shades of Night #1 with characters who have a quiet resolve and determination that makes them stronger together.
The book opens and sucks you in from the first page. Avni has just been dumped and Dev’s mother is trying to get him hitched in an arranged marriage on surprise dates!
Storyline apart, the language of the book is evocative and emotional. Shilpa writes with her heart and with each book her prowess to pull out heartstrings is increasing. Avni and Dev make me believe in true love, happiness for all, and victory for the underdog. The one point I felt was a bit hurried was the ending when Avni and Dev meet and the mother just melts into the background. I wanted a bit more, maybe something from the mother or an acknowledgment of their decision since Avni’s father has an active presence in the book.
Handsome, kind, and successful Dev feels comfortable and cocooned with Avni. She feels wanted, needed and yet their insecurities drive them apart. Even after seeing how much, they mean to each other they can’t seem to get together. Independence is important for both of them yet they don’t understand it when the other needs it. Hardworking, cute, and all heart, Avni feels insanely attracted to Dev. However, circumstances make her feel inadequate.
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Midnight’s Star is a fast, funny, and emotional read. I enjoyed the ARC sent by Shilpa Suraj, so glad to be able to read the book before others. I am eager to read the rest of the books in this series. Shilpa’s writing is becoming stronger, evocative, passionate, and hilarious with each new book. Not to forget the sarcasm and rib-tickling funny moments of family fun. I am a fan of all her books right from the first one—Rescued by Love
I loved how the author handled the disability in the book. It wasn’t just an eyewash but she actually had some positive used to make it realistic. The moment when Dev realises that he is unable to see Avni dressed up for him was so heart-breaking. But is not just this, the book is filled with such moments. It is done with sensitivity and presents a realistic view of both the positive and the negative views.
The author has the three friends Avni, Sehar and Diana who manage to create an equal amount of chaos and support as do Dev, Rishi and Manav. The camaraderie and bonhomie make for a shining example of why we agree, ‘friends are the family we choose’.
I enjoyed reading Midnight’s Star and finished it in a day, the only problem was that I wanted to read more!
I recommend this book for all readers, more so if you want to read an excellent romantic, contemporary fiction based in India.
I received an ARC of Midnight’s Star, review my own opinion.
Meet Dev Arya & Avni Desai
Visually impaired author and current flavour of the Indian literary scene, Dev Arya, has not just triumphed against the odds in his life, he’s annihilated them. He’s got fame, fortune and floozies in abundance. And yet, he’s lonely.
Cafe owner and only child to her differently abled father, Avni Desai is broke, heartbroken and a true survivor. But no matter how hard she hustles, she’s still struggling to stay afloat.
And then, one day, Dev walks into her cafe… and everything changes for both of them. From excellent tiramisu to earshattering singing, from dramatic friends to accident prone sexcapades, they embark on the ride of a lifetime.
Will it all be worth it though? Will two broken souls find a way to heal each other? Or do the fractures go so deep that there is no way for either of them to find the love they so deeply crave and yet can’t seem to have?
Read an Excerpt from Midnight’s Star
About the Author:
Shilpa Suraj wears many hats – corporate drone, homemaker, mother to a fabulous toddler and author.
An avid reader with an overactive imagination, Shilpa has weaved stories in her head since she was a child. Her previous stints at Google, in an ad agency and as an entrepreneur provide colour to her present day stories, both fiction and non-fiction.
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