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Amby quits her job just after a month working in a very respected bank. She's a Maths Whizz but the job just sucked the fun out of her Maths Love.
So on a drunken night out with her friends she decides that she needs a change... and that comes in the form of becoming a Shadow Tweet Writer for the Famous KayKay Kollywood Superstar.
As much as she loves her job writing for KayKay something just seems to be missing.
Her passion is creative writing and she has always wanted to write professionally.
So when she sees an Ad for a writers retreat in Greece she is instantly curious.
So she makes the big decision to sign up.
I mean what has she got to lose!
For me this is when the story gets going, as we follow Amby on her journey of discovery, the friendships she forms, the funny moments, the Romance.
Amby meets Mini, a children's book Author desperate to spice up her writing by exploring Erotic writing. A huge jump from her 'norm'.
She also meets Bobby, who is very established in the Advertising world, but longs to write about Travel
The three of them soon become really good friends and so begins their journey together.
I loved Amby and learning all about her life and family, she breaks away from what is expected of her by her family and throws herself into discovering her writing.
It was such a joy to see her grow.
The Writers Retreat is a warm, feel good Entertaining read. That has a self discovery feel. The characters are all so different yet their love for writing shines through.
With a humorous writing style and a sprinkle of Romance, this is the Perfect Summer read.
I received this book from the Publisher in which I voluntarily reviewed.
Like Amby, I had grown up in Chennai, like Mini, I was originally from Kerala and like Bobby, I had been a copywriter. Before I knew it, I had enjoyed a sandwich and three cups of coffee along with the characters. By the end of it, I longed for Chennai or rather the Madras of my youth. I longed for the once glamorous job of advertising and mostly, I found myself wondering how my life would have turned out had I had an arranged marriage like the one Amby’s parents hope to see her settled in? The book made me wistful, the book made me grin and nod with writerly sympathy at wanting to write full-time and the book had me wishing that I could share with the three young writers in it and the other writers in the book, my very own ideas for a writer’s workshop. Years ago, I had wanted to start my own writer’s retreat style holidays in the Maldives. I wished just like the three girls to write my novel and to only focus on it. While life doesn’t let you choose such options without poverty often being thrown into the mix, it’s nice at least to be able to slip into such a world where you live to write and write to live and are young and hopeful. Bliss! So thank you to the writer for giving me that. And yes, I would recommend it. It’s a rollicking, escapist read, a guide to Chennai and a sales brochure for all writer’s retreats. I might still open mine. Who knows? After this, I am certainly tempted…
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