Book Review: A Trunk Full of Sunshine by Sapna Dhyani Devrani

I don’t know how it happened but I did not pick up anything to read for the past two months. I am surprised because this is very unlike me and I was only reminded of going back to this habit of mine when I got a few books in the mail. Lst year most of my reading has been on Kindle but I kind of rediscovered my love for holding a book in my hand, turning the pages and bookmarking stuff that I liked when I read A Trunk Full of Sunshine by Sapna Dhyani Devrani

The first thing that caught my attention was the beautiful cover this book has. It is such a warm cover with a beautiful image of a girl with a girl and a trunk and the girl is reminiscing on memories while unpacking the trunk. A Trunk Full of Sunshine is a collection of the author’s personal experiences as an army wife. She has documented everyday tales filled with laughter, glee and myriad emotions that come hand in hand with leading the nomadic life when you get married to a man in the uniform.

I have a few friends who are army wives and even though technically my husband is not with the armed forces, we very often are able to connect on the grounds of living in a constant long distant relationship. I was obviously excited to read about the experiences of another army wife because boy oh boy, the lives they live are truly fascinating but I was left disappointed.

The experiences shared by the author are interesting and sometimes even inspiring but the narration was unable to do justice to what could have been a great read. The writing is very flat and failed to keep me engaged as it kept going in loops. The humour seemed forced and I was unable to forge any connection with any of the characters.

Overall, the book left me asking for more. Some of the stories do touch your heart but in general, the book lost me after every few pages. The author does need to work a bit more on her narration and character development before her next stint for sure.