She Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
by Zeenat Mahal
Zoella didn’t know whether she was devastatingly
happy or happily devastated.
Zoella has been in love with Fardeen Malik, her best friend’s gorgeous older brother, since she was ten, but he’s always seen her as a ‘good girl’—not his type—and he can barely remember her name. Besides, he’s engaged to a gorgeous leggy socialite, someone from the same rarefied social strata as the imposing Malik family. In short, Zoella has no chance with him.
Until a brutal accident leaves Fardeen scarred and disfigured, that is. Suddenly bereft of a fiancée, Fardeen is bitterly caustic, a shell of the man he used to be, a beast that has broken out of the fairy tale world he once lived in. And a twist of fate lands him his very own beauty—Zoella.
This man, however, is a far cry from the Fardeen of her dreams. Stripped of her illusions, Zoella creates her own twist in the fairy tale, beating him at his own game.
Zeenat Mahal explores themes of love, longing and arranged marriages in this modern, unusual interpretation of the old-age fairy tale.
Zoella is a sensitive soul, and I was immediately bonding with her. The relationship between her and Fardeen is anything but smooth. It's a rollercoaster of emotions that kept me on the edge of my seat in tears most of the time.
There are so many twists and turns in She Loves Me, He Loves Me Not. Some of them were so unexpected, but added beautifully to the story. Mahal was able to keep my interest easily and turning the pages as quickly as I could to unearth what would happen next.
This book invites the reader into not only the character's lives but Pakistan, as well. It was a wonderful representation of a beautiful country. I hope that romance fans regardless of where they're from will flock to such a sweet and touching story. I cannot wait to read more from this delightful author!
**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.