Blurb: What forces an innocent girl to become a sex symbol? Her desires? Or cruel fate?
Is a lifetime enough—for avenging a betrayal? How do you hide secrets that never stopped haunting you?
Can vengeance and secrets of your past devastate your present? How can long-buried crimes of yours suddenly raise their head? Can sinning be saving?
Is your spouse your soulmate? What if they never understood your feelings? Can you still live with them?
Lastly, does life give only two options? Live or die? What if there is a third?
In her debut anthology, Rubina Ramesh tries to find answers to these questions that are often from the heart and yet makes the mind ponder over the solution. Or is it the other way round? Either way, Knitted Tales is a bouquet of emotions that is bound to touch both your head and your heart.
Review: Reading a collection of short stories that are diverse in nature is a nice way to keep my mind occupied and hooked to the various characters, the genre of stories and the emotions that they bring out at the end. And Knitted Tales is one such book. Right from the start, the book kept me hooked, first with the cover and then the 12 lovely short stories. All the stories rose to me in a way that I could not forget even days after reading the stories. They have stayed with me and probably will for few more days. That’s the power of Rubina Ramesh’s Knitted Tales.
All the stories are completely different from each other with a connecting line of emotions. Yes, I made me emote. Some of the stories are such that it will make you bite your nails in anticipation of what will happen next, whereas some of them will make you sit up and enjoy the drama unfolding in front of your eyes.
The characters are all simple and relatable to people in general. Each and every story have an apt no. of characters, perfect for building up the story. Not once did I feel that a character was wasted. That goes to show the amount of thought that have gone into writing these stories and also the editing.
The writing is clean and crisp in a way it kept me hooked, as I said earlier. In some of the stories, especially, Lolita and Cliffnotes, the writing with apt choice of words, is what makes the story all the more interesting to read. Also, I did not find any proofreading errors as well.
Out of all the stories, here are a few which left a mark and have loved it from the heart:
1) Forgive Me, For I Have Sinned – Is a story about a successful movie director, the secrets and the pandora’s box that is soon going to come out in the open.
2) Lolita – It is a story of a diva who had to go through so many things to reach at the top and the price to be paid for it.
3) Little Godmother – Is a story for all the parents out here. Go read and figure it out what it has for you. You will definitely think more on this subject.
4) The Other Woman – A story of a 14-year-old girl and her parents.
5) Daddy Hear Me Out – A story about the struggles in our life, finding for that perfect thing to do and then finding it eventually.
Overall: I would definitely recommend book lovers to buy Knitted Tales, as it is woven neatly for you and packed with much love, affection and all the emotions to keep you hooked and entertained throughout.
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