Unbeknownst to the both of them, there lies a leviathan of espionage that eventually consumes the bond they share, driving them apart by force.
Sixteen years pass, when fate decides to rekindle their bond – only this time, the challenges are exacerbated by the unresolved baggage of the past. Do the two of them find each other? Does the dull, grey, long-standing spell of winter rise to give way to spring?
Cover and Quality:
The cover of the book is simple yet attractive. The overall size of the book is large and slightly fat, which makes it delightful to hold in hands while reading. The font and quality of pages is top-notch.
Plot and Narration :
A Quest for Spring is a story of Amolika and Raehan who somehow end up studying in the same college, their friendship blossoms, though there are some secretive motives behind that friendship, the bond is true. But sometimes Destiny has other plans, as their world changes, one ends up being a Journalist whereas the other becomes Chief Minister. What would happen then as 16 years have passed since they last met. Will the soulmates come together?
I felt that Raehan and Amolika’s chemistry is described well, you experience the innocense and perplexity of their bond. I liked how the relationship and attraction slowly builds up between Amolika and Raehan, I never felt as if the Author is trying to rush things up, which mostly happens in Romantic Novels these days. Amolika’s character was strong headed. Raehan was mysterious at first but later I connected with him well as a reader.
One of the things I liked about this book is that Author doesn’t let the story be monotonous at all. Though the story mainly revolves around the protagonists, the situations, Time Lapse, their changed perspectives over the years, everything constantly keeps you engaged.
Also, the initial part of the book is set up in 1997, and the attention to detail is commendable, as the Author takes you decades back to narrate this story, the references to Princess Diana’s death to Srk’s new movie Yes Boss, Listening to walkman, calling from Public Booth, etc all help in actually taking you back in those times.
The narration of the Author is simple and yet very engaging. Description of some scenes is beautifully done. Though few chapters in the later half felt slightly dragged. For a debut novel, the writing style is impressive.
Characterization is also great, Amolika’s character feels real after few chapters. She’s headstrong and emotional. Raehan is mysterious but slowly reveals different shades of his personality. There are other characters too like Millie, Vikram, etc which are written well.
The LazyScoop Verdict:
Overall, ‘A Quest For Spring’ is an entertaining book which takes you on a romantic, emotional and nostalgic ride. The story jumps between decades, and you feel emotionally connected to the characters. There are some books which can make great movie adaptations, I think this book is one of them.
Cover: 4/ 5 Stars
Plot: 4/ 5 Stars
Narration: 4/5 Stars
Characterization: 4/ 5 Stars
Entertainment: 4/ 5 Stars
The LazyScoop Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘A Quest For Spring’ by Monica Majumdar Dixit, absolutely recommended by TheLazyScoop!