Title: A Quest for Spring
Author: Monica Majumdar Dixit
Publisher: Notion Press
A Quest for Spring traces the journey of Amolika and Raehan from being friends to soulmates. Raehan and Amolika both come from very different backgrounds. While Amolika hails from a family of Army officers, Raehan belongs to the beautiful but dangerous valley of Kashmir.
Amolika is raised by her uncle after her parents’ death and Raehan is raised by his grandfather after his parents’ separation. The two meet for the first time in their college where they are both pursuing the same course. Amolika is sent to this college by her uncle to spy on Raehan, who comes from a political family. While Amolika gets close to Raehan to get information from him, unbeknownst to herself she falls in love with him. And Raehan loves Amolika too.
But the course of their love story cannot run smooth and on the last day of their college, Raehan is compelled by Amolika to leave and not to look behind. The clock keeps ticking and life goes on. 16 years pass and destiny once again brings them face to face with each other. But things have changed now. Raehan is now the chief minister and has a family of his own. And Amolika having escaped from an unhappy marriage has become a reputed journalist in London. But the wounds of the past have not healed yet.
Raehan and Amolika’s lives are dry and cold as winters. But if winter comes, can spring be far behind? Transcending social conventions, religious bounds and political turmoil, A Quest for Spring is a celebration of the union of two soulmates after a long wait of 18 years.
The book, although a romance, has a lot of different elements like espionage, religious differences, political commentary, patriotism, suspense, conspiracies, love triangles, envy and jealousy. The main plot follows the simple pattern of love, separation and reunion. But that’s not all about the book. There is much more to it. And I really admire the author for presenting a fine blend of all the different elements. Nothing seemed out of place or forced by the author.
Divided into four parts, the narrative focuses on four different time periods in the lives of the main characters. The story is told from a third person point of view that closely follows Amolika and Raehan’s perspective. There are a lot of characters in the book but there was no confusion regarding them. Each character has a clear and distinct image. But I couldn’t relate much with the characters. I could sympathise somewhat with Raehan but I cared little for Amolika and rest of the characters. I really wished the story or the dialogues to be more poignant.
I liked the overall story of the book but at times it was repetitive. Certain phrases are repeated many times which irritated me slightly. Besides that there were also some clichés. But the author manages to hold our attention throughout the book with her engrossing writing style. It is her beautiful writing style that kept me hooked up and held my anticipation from the first page to the last one. I also appreciate the fact that there is very little use of Hinglish in this book.
I felt that book was a bit stretched and could have been completed in lesser number of pages, maybe around 300 pages. At times the pace was really slow and at other times it felt fast. Out of the four sections, I enjoyed the third section the most. I attribute it to the suspense element of that part. And I certainly feel that the author has a lot of potential to experiment in different genres especially thrillers.
Keeping in view the fact that this is a debut book, the author has achieved a lot and has to be commended. I’ll be looking forward to what comes next from her pen. Had this book been a bit shorter, I would have rated it 4 stars. But for now, my rating is somewhere around 3.5 stars. I would recommend this book to all the lovers of romance genre.
This book was, in a way, important for me. I was considering removing Romance from the list of my preferred genres. And I had made my mind to make a final decision after reading this book. And now I feel that I need to keep it there.
My Rating: ***(3.5/5)
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*I was sent a copy by the author in exchange for an honest review. Views expressed are entirely personal and unbiased.*