Thursday, August 20, 2015

Book Review: "Kaleidoscope of Hopes" (Devika Fernando)

Those who say hope keeps someone moving forward haven't lived in Nadia's shoes. She's out the family fortune, courtesy of her prodigal younger brother, and living paycheck to paycheck in a cramped apartment building, working a dead-end job at an advertising agency that is going downhill at a rapid clip.

Hope seems overrated, especially when Nadia has an unexpected run-in with the new family from the building next door, and then discovers, to her chagrin, that the cold, almost surly father figure is also her new employer, and bent on streamlining the company such that her job might become expendable.

When his little daughter attaches herself to Nadia, the girl's father makes Nadia a business proposition to act as a nanny. Little do either of them realize, though, that constant close proximity changes things, and that hope has a funny way of niggling back to life again.

Romance author Devika Fernando presents her contemporary romance Kaleidoscope of Hopes, a "Second Chance Workplace Romance" novel.

The work is beautifully written, in something of an older style that hearkens back to the age of Anne Shirley of Green Gables, or Emily Starr of New Moon. The style, with its careful diction, proves charming on the page, just right for the sweet contemporary romance taking place.

And a sweet romance, it is. You won't find heated erotic content here --- at least, not of the literal variety. Plenty about the character interactions is erotic, to be sure, but in a more subtle, less in-your-face way than is offered by many modern romance authors. The restraint and delicacy are truly refreshing and border on tenderness, making the physical attraction do double-duty very organically with an added emotional intimacy.

Nadia is the focal character of the work, and her devotion to her simple lifestyle, her dedication to her work, and her passion for her heritage make her a wonderfully complex heroine, someone really worth believing in and cheering for, especially in the face of so many challenges, heartbreaks, and difficulties.

But who among us cannot point to past devastation as catalyst for our current strengths?

It was absolutely a pleasure to read and review this work, and I can't recommend Fernando and her other titles highly enough.

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Author: Devika Fernando
Title: Kaleidoscope of Hopes
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the author in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


  1. Thank you very much for this wonderful review!

    1. My pleasure, certainly, and thank YOU for writing such an entertaining, enjoyable read!


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