Review: The Scarlet Promise by Sangeeta Kathuria

The Scarlet Promise is a self-published novel by author Sagneeta Kuthuria and was my attempt at reading something different. I got a review copy through Publishing Push as I thought it was time to read outside my comfort zone for a time. It turned out that The Scarlet Promise was a little too far outside my comfort zone. It took my several tries over the course of several months to read this book. This doesn’t mean this story is terrible, it’s more that this story was not for me.

So what is The Scarlet Promise about? The story is about a woman with her feet in two totally different cultures and explores the theme of being a woman in today’s society, love, marriage and abuse, but also second chances. It certainly is the story of a strong woman who hasn’t had it easy and is caught in two different worlds.

I thought the story was well written (told through a journal-like tale) and very thoughtful and well thought through, but for me it moved too slowly and there were certainly times I wanted to shake some sense into some characters.

The Scarlet Promise has a literary quality to it and it’s a story you’ll either like or, like me, find it’s not for you. Even though the story was not my cup of tea (I’m more of a mystery and fantasy girl), I’m glad I tried this book.

The Scarlet Promise Book Cover The Scarlet Promise
Sangeeta Kathuria
Drama, contemporary, discovery
Xlibris UK
April 6, 2018
A copy was provided through Publishing Push

"An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstance. This invisible red thread will never break and you will either find your way back to me somehow, or me to you."

This is the promise that Jack makes to Esha at the end of their precious week together in London. Esha has to return to India for her wedding to Dev, which has been arranged by her wealthy parents. Aware of her cultural commitments and knowing in her heart that they cannot have a future together, their separation is marked with a single promise. The turbulent years that follow are recorded in Esha's journal, in the form of letters to Jack, which eventually find their way into his hands and which rock his world to the core. The rigid traditions and formalities of the social world of Amritsar, in which Esha is trapped, and to which Jack has no access, may well stretch their scarlet thread to breaking point. Can a single promise made seven years ago bring together two star crossed lovers in this gripping tale, spanning two cities?

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