The Way We Were by Prajwal Hegde

Myra Rai is living her best life. At twenty-eight, she is a prominent journalist at the precipice of dreamy success and her dating life is the envy of the town. After all, jealous heads stir to probe her almost engagement to Ravi Rao, the gentleman heir to a roaring political legacy! Myra is well on her course. Until comes knocking the broad-shouldered, chiselled-face ghost from her past…

Andrew Brown is a headstrong political activist, unexpectedly back in the city after a winning stint in the US. Set to take over as the executive editor of Morning Herald, he is determined to revisit his past and reconnect with that one feisty journalist at work who hates his guts, hates that he is back, and hates that he never called…

Both Myra and Andrew have lost a lot over the years, including each other. But in the fierce race to best one another while pretending not to seethe in the hellfire of jealousy and suppressed passion, can they keep their barbs (and hands) to themselves? Right from the center of a smoldering passion-fest, Prajwal Hegde tugs compellingly at the heartstrings and delivers a stormy rom-com that is all love (AND a whole lot of lust)!

The Way We Were by Prajwal Hegde is a delightful escape into the world of romance, friendship, and the magic of unexpected connections. This book proved to be a great comfort read, one that I would gladly revisit for its soothing and engaging narrative.

The romance in this novel is a true highlight, as it builds up beautifully without ever feeling rushed or predictable. Just when I thought I knew where the story was headed, the author surprised me with new twists and turns that kept me eagerly turning the pages. What’s more, the romance felt refreshingly realistic, which will allow readers to immerse themselves in a love story that feels both genuine and dreamy.

One of the book’s greatest strengths lies in its character development. Each character is vividly portrayed with unique traits and backstories, making them feel like real people rather than mere figures in a story. I particularly enjoyed the friendship between Myra and Chhaya, which was given equal weight and depth as the central romance. This emphasis on friendship added an extra layer of warmth and depth to the narrative, highlighting the importance of meaningful connections beyond romantic love.

The inclusion of Andrew and Myra’s family history and struggles added a profound layer of depth to the story that I wasn’t expecting. As the narrative delved into their pasts, it became clear how these experiences shaped their present selves and influenced their relationship. What impressed me the most was how seamlessly the author integrated this layer of the past into the story without it ever feeling forced. Instead, it became an integral part of their romance, adding richness and complexity to their love story. By intertwining the past with the present, the author not only created a more nuanced portrayal of the characters but also allowed me to empathize with them on a deeper level. This aspect of the novel elevated the reading experience, making The Way We Were not just a romance but a compelling exploration of how our pasts shape our futures.

Despite my initial concerns that the story might become repetitive or cliché, I found myself pleasantly surprised by the author’s ability to keep the plot fresh and engaging throughout. From start to finish, The Way We Were held my attention and left me feeling thoroughly satisfied with its heartfelt storytelling and well-crafted characters.

In conclusion, The Way We Were is a charming and heartwarming read that seamlessly weaves together romance, friendship, and the timeless allure of love. Prajwal Hegde has crafted a story that lingers in the mind long after the final page, making it a book that I would wholeheartedly recommend to anyone in need of a comforting and captivating read.

I was provided a review copy of this book by Blogchatter.

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