What if you fall in love and your family thinks you are crazy? Sonia too gets in a similar situation.
Sonia, a submissive and people-pleasing girl falls in love with the chirpy girl Esha. Their common passion for painting brings them closer. Sonia realizes that no one in her family will accept her relationship with Esha. But her heart and emotional state are beyond the control of her own mind. At first, they keep their relationship on the hush. Unfortunately, their secret comes out in an ugly way and havoc breaks loose. Will Sonia stand up for herself and withstand the pressure of not following the cultural norms? Are they destined to meet? Can Sonia and Esha live happily ever after?
Breaking Norms is a captivating and engrossing tale of love, agony and tolerance.
~ My Review ~
I must admit that when I was first approached to read this book, I was apprehensive. I've never read any LGBT love story before and I wasn't sure what to expect.....and whatever it was that I thought I was expecting flew out the window as soon as I read Sonia's words. Given her Indian culture and background, I'm sure Sonia would be just as confused about her feelings towards the same sex but she knew what was love and for who....and from the beginning, she was sure this was the person she was meant to be with. Love is love is love. If you took out the LGBT aspect of this story, you are presented with a touching romance between two people who had to overcome familial pressures and cultural ideals. When you add in the LGBT aspect of it, you get a beautifully painted love affair between two women Breaking Norms. Well done and congrats, Mita Balani on your debut! Your words crafted a touching love story.
About the Author
People around Mita Balani say she is a cheerful and genuinely happy person. She believes that she is a hopeless romantic at heart. Her kids say she is the best mom ever while her husband calls out that she scares the heck out of him when she is angry.
Mita writes contemporary fiction on relationships, love, and social issues. She enjoys crafting stories about family, friendship, hurt, and characters who face challenges and find the way out. She loves to bring out the strong side and sad emotions of those characters during their struggle. No matter how much agony the characters go through, she loves to see them happy at the end.
Mita was born in a small town of India and has been living in the United States for several years. Growing up, she cherished writing stories and reciting poems. In engineering college, where most of her classmates published technical papers, she enjoyed taking part in storytelling contests, debates, and poetry competitions. Today she has a successful career in Information Technology, but she still loves writing stories and poems. Breaking Norms is her first foray in writing a novel.
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I use Goodread's rating scale
1 star – didn’t like it
2 stars – it was OK
3 stars – liked it
4 stars – really liked it
5 stars – it was so amazing, it's on my reread pile!