"At once heartbreaking, delightful, and completely unexpected. A must-read!"—Sonali Dev, award-winning author of The Bollywood Bride
“Promise me you’ll learn to cuss, learn to love again. Live again. Promise me you won’t give up on each other.”
Simi Desai is thirty years old and her husband is dying of cancer. He has two last wishes in his final months: first, that she’ll have his baby so that a piece of him lives on, and second, that she’ll reconcile with her old flame, who just happens to be their mutual best friend. And so over the course of their last summer together, Simi’s husband plans a series of big and small adventures for this unlikely trio, designed to help them say goodbye to each other and prove to Simi that it’s okay to move on without him—and even find love again.
Beautiful and poignant, Falguni Kothari’s My Last Love Story will pull your heartstrings as only unforgettable love stories can.
Nirvaan and Simeen Desai are happily married and trying for a baby at the start of Kothari's ambitious but deeply flawed contemporary romance. Simi is conflicted about the idea of having a child and not looking forward to the long process of artificial insemination, which is necessary because Nirvaan is dying of cancer and no longer fertile. She finds it understandably difficult to deal with his treatments, let alone undergo a possible pregnancy and childbirth at the same time. Luckily, their mutual best friend, Zayaan, is there to support them through Nirvaan's illness. Simi's attraction to Zayaan, his to her, and Nirvaan's hopes for the two of them get tangled up with complicated issues in Simi's past, as well as the pain, fear, and grief of the anticipated near future. Kothari (Bootie and the Beast) treats her subject matter with respect and honesty, but the actual romance between Simi and Zayaan follows standard romance-novel beats far too closely while the story of Nirvaan's slow decline is full of raw, honest pain, creating an uneven tone with unfortunate spikes of melodrama. The book's highs are very high, but the lows are pure soap opera.
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My Last Love Story, Falguni Kothari
Make sure you have a few hours to cozy up to a great read when you open up My Last Love Story! Falguni Kothari’s writing will grab you from page one, and you won’t want to put it down until you’ve read ‘The End’.
Ms. Kothari weaves an intricate story about three best friends and their unique love for each other. Not your run-of-the-mill love story, My Last Love Story investigates the nuances of a love triangle we don’t usually see.
A definite addition to your at-home library, as you will want all your friends to read it so you can have someone to talk to about it!