Synopsis: She is sweet, sensitive and extremely suffering: she is sixteen years old, but the maturity of a woman marked by the trials and deprivations of poverty, the strong pulse and the temper of those who have raised younger brothers as children for years, and only one he knows the hurt and selflessness that hide behind his sad blue eyes.
He is brilliant, generous and highly responsible: he is seventeen, but the fiber and sense of duty of a family man, fighting against everything and everyone to keep him together, and only one person knows the greatness and strength of characters that hide behind those intense green eyes.
They are brother and sister.
But will the world receive with open arms those who dared to violate one of its most ingrained taboos? And you, would you receive?
The love story lived by Lochan and Maya is much more than incest, it is first of all the story of two young people fighting together to raise an entire family alone.
“You can close your eyes to the things you don’t want to see, but you can’t close your heart to the things you don’t want to feel. (Page 9)
They were abandoned by their father at an early age, while their mother divides herself in “getting drunk” and looking for a new lover (what a hateful woman!) Leaving them to their own devices.
Thus, Maya and Lochan were forced from an early age to take charge of their lives and take care of the younger brothers, Kit, Tiffin and Willa. Adorable children, but each at a different stage of life and with their own questions.
Kit, for example, is the typical “problem boy”, who at the height of his 13 years and an uncontrollable anger, will end up making irreversible decisions that will directly affect everyone around him. The two minors, Tiffin and Willa are still very young and have little understanding of what is going on around them.
Still talking about the “couple”, Maya is more passionate and impulsive, I would not say that she is irresponsible, quite the opposite, she is absurdly responsible, only in this particular case, she is being taken totally by the love she feels. Lochan, on the other hand, is the most rational of the pair, so much so that he feels sorry for so much suffering, there are so many questions, so much fear, so much pain, that it is agonizing to accompany him.
“- We didn’t do anything wrong! How can our love be considered horrible when we are not harming anyone? His eyes descend on mine, shining damp in the gloom. “I don’t know,” he whispers. – How can a wrong thing feel so right? ” (Page 131)
How do you start defending a story like that? How is it possible to accept something like this? I sincerely do not know. However, despite this intense and insane reading, I still have no words to define how much this book has impacted me, how many different reflections and emotions he has conveyed to me, how beautiful Maya is and her love so transparent and without fear.
Lochan, who has been winning over me despite all his internal conflicts, leaving my heart in pieces with each chapter. The children, who gave a special touch to the plot and how merciless and immaculate this story is at the same time.
It is not an easy book and it is definitely not for anyone, I believe that it takes an extra dose of courage, detachment and above all, love, in its purest conception, to understand, accept and even hope for a condemned relationship like this .
“But how can we explain to the outside world that Lochan and I are brothers only because of a biological accident? That we were never brothers in the sense of the word, but always partners, having to create a royal family as we grew up? How can I explain that I never felt Lochan as a brother, but as something much, much more than that – my soulmate, my best friend, part of the very fibers of my being? How can we explain that this situation, the love we feel for each other – everything that in society’s eyes may seem sickly, perverted and repulsive -, is totally natural, wonderful and… so right for us? ” (Page 238)
There is no doubt that it is a disturbing, reflective and tearing book that walks along tortuous lines between right and wrong, sinner and sin. But at the same time it is sweet, exciting and visceral, making every page worth reading.
Tabitha Suzuma built a beautiful story, making her characters win the hearts of her readers to the point of leaving the incestuous context aside and focusing only on the life of this family and the love of this couple, even if it does not mean a happy to ever.