Book Review

Book Review: Once Upon A Reunion by Nithya Sashi


Have you ever sat late into the night, missing an ex, and going over hundreds of ‘what-if’ scenarios?

Have you loved someone to the point of losing your mind?

Like most Indian women who have loved, lost, and settled for an arranged marriage, Nirmala secretly pines for her ex-lover, Suresh, even as she leads a happy, mostly peaceful life with Sreenivas, her husband. Memories of her first love resurface occasionally, disturbing her present life.

Unable to fully love Sreenivas with the insane intensity she had felt for Suresh, she is conflicted and lives in a parallel world, always tormented by the probability of a what-if!

It is at this time that her school friends plan a high school reunion, which her ex-lover, Suresh would also be attending. Nirmala sees this as an opportunity to bring a closure to that chapter of her life. But she is torn by the uncertainty and the upheaval this might cause. She fears that her meeting with her ex-boyfriend might ruthlessly tear apart the delicate fabric of her marriage. And at the reunion, her world turns on its head.


Cover: 3.5/5
Title: 4/5
Blurb: 4/5
Presentation: 4/5
Plot: 4.5/5
Final Rating: 4/5
The cover is simple. I feel it could have been better given the content of the novel.
The title suggests that the story is about a reunion.
The blurb talks a lot about the story. It could have been more precise.
The story basically talks about the relationship of an couple where the protagonist Nirmala still has feelings for her ex-lover inspite being married to someone else. This is the story of many couples these days.
The characterization was really good, they were relatable. The narration was engaging. I just couldn’t put the book down while reading. The story was quite realistic.
I am fascinated by such work. Looking forward to read more from the authoress in future.

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