The Orphan of India is an amazing, emotional story about an Indian girl, Jyothi, who rose from the slums of Bombay, to become a world famous violinist.
Monika and Jack Kingsley fell in love with Jyothi. They couldn’t wait to bring their new adopted daughter to England. They believed that once Jyothi was home with them, all would be well. But, Jyothi was grieving. She not only lost her beloved mother but also, the only lifestyle, she’d ever known. To shield herself from the confusing new world, Jyothi put up thick internal walls to keep everything and everyone out. With Monika and Jack’s love and encouragement, though, Jyothi was able to bloom. And, although Jyothi grew to love her new parents, her true comfort, was music. When life didn’t make sense for Jyothi, music would soothe her; until, even that, failed her. Jyothi was in love with Dean and the more she tried to force that puzzle piece, into her life, when it didn’t fit, the more broken she became.
This character-driven story moved me. I became deeply engrossed in Jyothi’s life and felt as if I actually knew her. I ached for Jyothi when she was rejected and rejoiced with her when she reached new accomplishments. I found it frustrating, though, when Jyothi would lose hope so easily. But, because of Jyothi’s numerous losses, she was an emotionally fragile woman. And, although she had wonderful mentors and champions around her, some lessons, Jyothi found, she only learned the hard way; with a lot of pain and suffering.
I enjoyed reading Jyothi’s story, and even though I felt the novel could be tightened up, and shortened, I still loved it.
Thank you, Bookouture and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy!
~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover