Thanks a lot to Travelling Pages Tours and the author for granting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
“Rahil is a car geek and attributes his desires to the four wheels of the car.
Amy is hungry for happiness as her career has hit the brakes.
Joan is on the lookout for a meaningful relationship as her unpleasant past gives her nightmares.
Tara was living a fulfilled life until her wheel of health gets a puncture.
When the four of them go on a journey of a lifetime, can each of them endure the travel while keeping their wheels balanced, or will their car lose its momentum along the way?
The Car with a Soul is an emotional, uplifting story of love, heartbreak, laughter, and friendship.”
This is a literary fiction about 4 people who are trying to get the best of the life they chose to live, their struggles through it and how their stories intertwine. The complexity of feelings and life itself are perfectly portrayed in their stories. I’d say it’s a character driven story in which psychology makes total sense.
Characters are believable, real and so relatable it’s impossible not to feel attached to any of them in their differences. I felt closer to Joan, the one who pushed everyone away from them because they couldn’t take rejection, humilliation and pain from human relationships any longer. Although she had her long-term friends to get through hardships, she tended to keep things to herself and somehow isolate from others.
The guiding theme of the story is the comparison between human life and a car. I loved the parallels I would have never throught of, the tyres being key aspects of human relationships and how easy and logical it seemed to compare both.
The writing style made this a really quick and easy read that I could not close. Had to read it in one sitting! There was only one issue I found in it; the characters’ thoughts. Let me explain myself. In many occasions I thought they were designed so the reader would know certain things, but I found that’s not how you talk to yourself. For example, at some point one of the characters is reflecting on the clothes they were wearing and detailed them as if thinking to themselves they didn’t look good, but I believe if you’re talking to yourself and thinking about it you’d say something like “Oh, these clothes look terrible”, but would not specify what they are; you’re looking at them.
But let me introduce you to the author:
Ruchira Khanna, a biochemist, turned writer, left her homeland of India to study in America, where she did her Master’s in Biochemistry and a certificate course in Technical Writing.
Her love of writing grew, and she started working on her books. After four years of freelancing, Ruchira published her first book, a fiction novel for young adults called Choices.
Ruchira Khanna draws inspiration from the issues that stalk our minds, she addresses such matters through her tales of fiction. Her character’s undergo a contemplative arc she hopes her readers will, which is why they classify each of her novels as, “one that will make you ponder.”
She blogs at Abracabadra which has been featured as “Top Blog” for three years. Many of her write-ups have been published on LifeHack, HubPages to name a few.
I’m so glad she started writing fiction!!
If you’re curious, you can find her here:
If you like contemporary books focused on the characters and their emotions, this book is for you! I’d highly recommend.
Finally, I have a surprise if you read this far. There’s a giveaway!!
I encourage you to enter because you can get money for books! So, this is the link:
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