Pacific Book Review

Title: Crimson Red: Unconditional Love
Author: Pichui
Publisher: PartridgeSingapore
ISBN: 978-1543764178
Pages: 431
Genre: Romance
Reviewed by: Lily Amanda

Crimson Red is a brilliantly written romance novel by Pichui that centers around Tina, nicknamed Bunz, a young woman who was constantly picked on by her relatives, family, and friends for her plump body. Her only interests were bathing their family dog, Rex, in the front yard of their house and remaining invisible to everyone. Her mother and younger sister, Ana, always made blunt remarks about her body, which made her self-conscious.

Tina meets Joe, Ana’s boss and crush, who then offers to take her to a burial of her favorite uncle, in Australia. While there, her life takes a surprising turn with Joe and though short-lived, leaves a mark in her, that she can be loved and valued. She later gets a promotion and heads to the Philippines, to manage one of the company’s

businesses. While there, she meets Donna, a strong-willed and stoic young woman, posing as a taxi driver and a friendship quickly develops. Can Tina deny the strange feelings she feels developing for Don? Will her feelings be reciprocated? Is she willing to take the risk of stepping out into territory unfamiliar to her?

This compelling read is emotionally binding and plausible as well. My most favorite aspect was how the author executed her work of art through a team of brilliantly developed characters. It is a glowing representation of two hearts becoming one through timeless love.
Crimson Red: Unconditional Love is a remarkably written tome that avoids all the unnecessary hype found in some romance stories. Instead, it is authentic. The balance between the characters is alluring. Tina is reserved and self-conscious while Don is a confident and strong-willed woman. It was amazing to see Tina, the main character, grow and develop into a self-assured and poised young woman across the chapters.

Although the pace was a bit slow at times, needless to say, the author successfully delivered in the end, leaving no cliffhangers. It is a novel one cannot read without feeling an emotional connection to the characters. A proficient storyteller, author Pichui captures the attention of readers quickly with the book’s rich narrative.

The author mixes career, adventure, and love creating a beautiful upshot of a thrilling romance novel. This book will check all of the boxes of lovers of romance stories.

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by Pichui Partridge Publishing Singapore
book review by Batya Weinbaum

“How is it my fault that food and I have a special relationship going? My sister has always been the opposite.”

Pichui effectively challenges the reader with sixty-three succinct chapters through which to ponder why the word love has been confined to such a narrow spectrum by conventional societies. As the book opens, Tina, nicknamed Bunz, the elder sister in a Malaysian family, bathes her pet on a hot Sunday afternoon, comparing her heavy-set self to her conventionally attractive sister. She deftly weaves in incidences of fat oppression, including her experience of barbed remarks from her family.

Finally, a man sticks up for her, saying they should stop mocking her and respect her. Bunz laughs, because, for the first time, she feels cared for, loved, and “on cloud nine.” Her life is about to start a “never-ending somersault.” Her uncle dies in Australia, and this man—her sister’s boss and someone her sister likes—offers to go with her. He offers to float her financially, in addition to supporting her emotionally. The tickets he gets them are even in business class.

Pichui carefully depicts a relationship growing slowly. With a hug, the offer of cookies, and the slowing of strides in an airport walk, the relationship gradually becomes physical. The author charts emotions seamlessly, attaching them to the smallest detail, riveting the reader to the unfolding drama.

Pichui skillfully conveys how as Joe takes control, Tina (as he prefers to call her) becomes comfortable with herself. As they land in Australia, Pichui creates a metaphor of a promised yet previously off-limits land for Tina. Joe even books them into separate rooms in a hotel. As Pichui shows, the possibility of Tina being a true woman emerges at last. Any reader who has felt unloved by society’s terms will keep turning the pages, hoping the plot resolves in a satisfying manner.

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