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A Distant Heart // Review

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Her name means “miracle” in Sanskrit, and to her parents, that’s exactly what Kimaya is. The first baby to survive after several miscarriages, Kimi grows up in a mansion at the top of Mumbai’s Pali Hill, surrounded by love and privilege. But at eleven years old, she develops a rare illness that requires her to be confined to a germ-free ivory tower in her home, with only the Arabian Sea churning outside her window for company. . . . Until one person dares venture into her world.

Tasked at fourteen-years-old with supporting his family, Rahul Savant shows up to wash Kimi’s windows, and an unlikely friendship develops across the plastic curtain of her isolation room. As years pass, Rahul becomes Kimi’s eyes to the outside world—and she becomes his inspiration to better himself by enrolling in the police force. But when a life-saving heart transplant offers the chance of a real future, both must face all that ties them together and keeps them apart.

As Kimi anticipates a new life, Rahul struggles with loving someone he may yet lose. And when his investigation into a black market organ ring run by a sociopathic gang lord exposes dangerous secrets that cut too close to home, only Rahul’s deep, abiding connection with Kimi can keep her safe—and reveal the true meaning of courage, loss, and second chances.

Infused with the rhythms of life in modern-day India, acclaimed author Sonali Dev’s candid, rewarding novel beautifully evokes all the complexities of the human heart.

 

~REVIEW~

This is my first Sonali Dev book and surely not my last wow!!! I’m still thinking about this one days later. What a fantastic ride this was. I didn’t read the book before this one, A Change of Heart, and was still able to follow the events with ease.
The story’s told by switching between present day events and Kimi and Rahul’s past and it was done so effectively. I love a good flashback and the author has chosen some really key events in Kimi And Rahul’s pasts that have shape who they became as adults. We really get so much depth of these characters by seeing their relationship from how it began to what it is at present.
Rahul and Kimi meet after Rahul’s father, who was a police officer, took a bullet for Kimi’s father, and this is the beginning of Rahul being thrown into Kimi’s orbit. He hates the man who the bullet was meant for, hates that his father took the bullet for him, but Kimi’s father is wealthy and offers to help Rahul’s family, by seeing that he and his siblings get to school, and even comes to help Rahul when his sister falls ill. Rahul being his stoic self eventually offers to work for Kimi’s father, to try and pay back the debt and this is how he meets Kimi.
I loved Kimi and Rahul so much. Well fleshed out, complex characters.
Rahul, my stoic son I loved him so much. Tragedy has followed Rahul from his young life, his father’s death then his sister’s when she falls ill, and the author does such an excellent job of portraying him as someone who feels he has the weight of the world on his shoulders. Every time we got his POV I just felt so much for him.
And Kimi, she’s been isolated a lot because of her illness and I love the bond she made with Rahul because they’re so different, personality wise, and just from different backgrounds in all the ways, but they just fit so well .
I was on edge reading the entire time and a ball of emotions. While we were getting the characters’ budding relationship over the timeline of about ten-ish years, there are sinister activities going on alongside alll of this., which are all tied to Kimi’s heart transplant. I don’t want to give away the intricacies of that but I was just a ball of nerves and emotions throughout!!
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I loved this book so damn much, the lush descriptions of Kimi and Rahul’s lives were just such perfect foils. Kimi living in The Mansion as Rahul called her home juxtaposed with Rahul’s less ostentatious life.
I was gripped from the beginning page right up til the end and I’ll definitely be checking out the author’s other books, so good.

~RATING~ 

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