Book Review

The Runaway Bridegroom

Author: Sundari Venkatraman

Sundari Venkatraman creates simple, down-to-earth, female leads. Sunita Rishi, who became 'The Malhotra Bride' was gorgeous and shy – just to urge those who haven't read it - 'TMB' is my favorite from Sundari's stable.

'The Runaway Bridegroom' starts with a child marriage. The book is not a sermon on the rights or wrongs of child marriage. Instead, one gets a close look at the kind of culture that perpetuates it, and gets a sense of why it still pervades our country. Both the bride and the groom – even though they are not together, and even after they have grown up and gotten themselves an education - continue to respect the religious union, showing how deep-rooted the malaise is. The author has exploited it to create a sweet romance and I cannot find any fault with that.

Sundari creates a lovely female lead, Chanda Maheshwari, who is demure, preferring not to succumb to the charms of any of the several men she meets – but by no means is she timid. Far from it, she goes bravely through life after being jilted by her husband of a few minutes. It helps that she has a very supportive family. 

Ranveer Singh is portrayed as conflicted but caring. Happily, he is not a pushover, standing up quite nicely for himself on several occasions when anybody tries to bulldoze him.

The story revolves around strong family bonds and the primary and secondary characters all have great morals and values – except the villainess of the piece – yes, there is one! Just to keep the story from getting too cloying, Sundari has inserted a wicked-witch who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Does she succeed or does she get her comeuppance? Does the runaway bridegroom return?

Read the book to find out. I should add that there is also a bit for those who like romance stories to be a little spicy. Ha! I am not telling. Go read for yourself!The buy links are given below....

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Chanda Maheshwari’s family is shaken when her thirteen-year-old bridegroom Veerendra runs away immediately after the wedding. The eight-year-old child doesn’t even understand the impact on her life. Unable to face their neighbours and friends, the Maheshwaris move from their village to Jaipur and begin a new life in the city.

Fourteen years later, Chanda is studying in a Delhi College. She takes up a temporary job at RS Software Pvt. Ltd. and falls head-over-heels for the boss of the operation. But what about  Ranveer Singh? Is he interested in her?

Ranveer’s secretary Shikha is desperate to make him fall for her. All she wants is life-long security with a rich man. But it’s nerd Abhimanyu who keeps getting in the way. Abhi is Ranveer’s second-in-command and Shikha isn’t keen on him as she’s eyeing the main chance. 

When Ranveer appears to show interest in Chanda, she’s faced with a new problem. Astrologer Vidyasagar insists that she would get back with her husband Veerendra. Does anyone want to know what she wants? 

Chanda feels torn between the man she has fallen for and the family values that have been instilled in her. Will she ever find happiness? 

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Meet the Author

Sundari Venkatraman has authored four ebooks so far, The Runaway Bridegroom being the latest. Three of her books, namely, The Malhotra Bride; Meghna and The Runaway Bridegroom have all been self-published on Amazon under the banner of Flaming Sun. All three books are regularly seen on Amazon’s Top 100 Bestsellers’ Contemporary Romances list. 

A great fan of Mills & Boon romances over the past four decades, Sundari has always believed in ‘Happily Ever Afters’ and all her books promise happy endings. 

The Runaway Bridegroom talks about ‘Child Marriage’, an evil perpetrated even in the 21st century in a country like India. While a large number of the country’s population live in the cities and lead modern lives, there are many who follow old customs unaware of the negative impact on the lives of the younger generation. 

The book is a work of fiction and of course does not preach. The author has but made an attempt to bring this ancient custom to the eyes of the modern public around the world while bringing a simple solution to the protagonists, the victims of child marriage. 

“I hope you enjoy reading the book as much as I loved writing it,” says Sundari Venkatraman. 

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