I think I have had my share of chick-lit reading for this year. I am glad that it ended with, "Tea for Two and a Piece of Cake" by Preeti Shenoy. Preeti Shenoy writes with urgency - almost like she has to catch the next bus and will miss it, but it is that urgency that gives the book its much needed tone and pace.
The plot is about starting again. Nishas life is not the perfect life one would want. She is plump (and well there is more than one reference to that in the book), plain-looking and but obviously single. She has had her heart broken once by being in an eight-year old relationship with the suave and charming Samir Sharma and being dumped at the altar. Enters a younger man Akash and the promise to start all over, knowing that it could or could not work out. Chances need to be taken and this time Nisha would have to take them all over again, though being guarded and apprehensive. The question is: Will she or wont she?
The book has its secondary characters in the form of Nishas family, friends and colleagues, dispensing advice and sometimes just being there for her. For me, "Tea for Two and a Piece of Cake" worked Tea for Two Tea for Two and some places it did not. The writing is very well executed. You can imagine the setting and it is more conversational, which worked for me.