Friday, February 21, 2014

#BookReview : Seoul-Mates by Pamela Q. Fernandes

On the jacket:

Jilted by the man she followed to Seoul, Katia has hit rock bottom. But within months, her whirlwind romance and marriage to Jihan has everyone talking.  Jihan is the heir to the Kwan business empire while Katia is a foreigner, an Anglo-Indian who has no business ensnaring Seoul’s most eligible bachelor. No one knows that their marriage is based on a contract, and that they have come together for their own ulterior motives.  Together in chic, metropolitan Seoul the two forge a relationship that is tested by intrigue, jilted lovers and a hidden nemesis.  Can their newfound love survive the forces ranged against them? Or will the vows they took be in vain?


A woman can never have enough love stories to read, and every love story has it's own tales of trials which tug the reader's heart strings mercilessly, yet, leave with them with a happy, mushy feeling. Seoul-Mates is a love story based in Seoul and that itself has such a fairy tale ring to it, doesn't it? I mean, I haven't read any plot framed around Koreans, before this.

A story about Jihan, heir to a business empire in Seoul and Katia, an Anglo-Indian girl who has followed the man she loved, Junki, all the way to Seoul, only to be dumped mercilessly. Jihan and Katia get into a contract marriage, Jihan because he didn't want his father to decide who he marries, and Katia, because, well, perhaps on rebound. 

Despite being in a contract marriage, and vowing never to bring in emotions, both fall in love with the other. A whole lot of incidents take place, some romantic and heart warming, some touching - until they both accept that they are in love and confess to each other. A whole lot of misunderstandings take place, in between, and these have been spun in the plot so cleverly, I was left biting my nails in anticipation.

An extremely good effort at portraying a tale of the hearts, peppered with deceit, cheating, misfortunes and heartbreaks - Seoul-Mates is an ideal read for your weekend afternoons.

Rating: ****.5/5

[This is an author request review, however, the opinion is all mine.]

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