Where Earth Meets Water by Pia Padukone
Release Date - May 2014
Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth
Karom Seth should have been with his entire family on Poompuhar Beach when a giant wave took their lives, but he'd stayed behind to finish his college exams. On the tragic day the Twin Towers collapsed due to an act of terrorism, he'd claimed he was sick in order to skip class. Since then, Karom takes great risks in order to escape the guilt he feels for surviving while everyone else he loves died. His girlfriend, Gita, is scared for him, but uncertain how to help him move on. Gita and Karom travel to India to visit her grandmother. Her grandmother hides her own secrets, and it is her wisdom that may be the answer Karom has been seeking.
The detail that went into the writing in Where Earth Meets Water is almost poetic. The vivid imagery and strong characters drew me in. At the same time, I did struggle a bit at first because I couldn't figure out what was going on with the grandmother. Once I reached the point where that was explained, the book became hard to put down.
While this is a Harlequin MIRA release, it is not the usual romance that I expect of them. This story has appeal with young and older readers, and I think many men will enjoy it too. It's more contemporary fiction than a romance.