Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Book Review -- Society of Benevolent Strangers by LA Parker


Society of Benevolent StrangersSociety of Benevolent Strangers by LA Parker
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was intrigued by the choice of the book cover and the colour theme - the silhouette and the looming dark tones that spark off thoughts about a looming mishap or melancholy, and the lonely bird that awaits someone.

The story itself revolves around Dr Kate Hastings, the neurosurgeons recently diagnosed with an illness she had been specialised to treat. She has mixed feelings about being on the other end of the table - fear, fascination and the feeling of being shunned by her own colleagues. At this juncture, she attends a reunion of her high-school batch, with the hopes of getting to meet her once-beloved Clayton Beech. Still harbouring feelings for Clayton, she hopes to meet him and rekindle what was once a strong love story. Clayton fails to turn up at the reunion, and the reader, along with Kate, learns Clayton is in East Africa on a very important mission. Having always been an idealist and intent on saving the world, Clayton, although deeply in love with Kate, is not willing to let Kate, or any other distraction come in his way. Travelling away on an impulse to meet Clayton, Kate learns about some shattering truths from the past. Will Kate and Clayton be able to put their pasts behind, or amend the mistakes done, or do they decide to best go about their ways alone, is what the book takes us through.

I found the book a good casual read, with an easy and smooth flow. The plot, although slightly knotted at times, was interesting nevertheless. The pace of the book was correct at many points and slightly dragging in a few instances. I wish we had more to read on the idealogies, philosophies and value systems of Kate and Clayton, which might help the reader better associate with the secrets from their pasts. That said, the author does a good job of analysing their present-day mind-frames which helps the reader empathise with the characters to a large extent.

I would recommend this to lovers of contemporary romance.

My rating for this book: 3 stars


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