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#The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani–Review–5 Shining Stars #NetGalley

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Wow, what an extraordinary novel! I loved every page of this magnificently crafted, heartwrenching, touching story. I read the book in one day because I didn’t want to put it down, not even for a moment. 

I was utterly engrossed in this novel. The author transported me to India and into the hearts and minds of Amisha, Jaya, Lena, and Ravi. I empathized with the characters, learned their culture, and had my heart broken a few times. I agonized and rejoiced with Amisha, Jaya, and Lena, and fell in love with Ravi, while he cried and unburdened his heart. The Storyteller’s Secret is a thought-provoking, moving novel; so well-written that the characters come alive in it. I didn’t want the book to end.

This is a story about sacrifice, choices, friendship, and love. It’s also unforgettable. Highly, highly recommended. Five-shining stars from this reader.

Thank you, Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I absolutely loved it!

~5 out of 5 shining stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

A former attorney, Sejal Badani left the law to pursue writing full time. She is a bestselling author, Goodreads Fiction Award Finalist and ABC/DISNEY Writing Fellowship Finalist. When not writing, she loves reading and traveling. Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce, and Ed Sheeran are always playing in the background. She welcomes speaking to book clubs via Skype. Connect with her at sejalbadani.com, facebook.com/SejalBadani, and twitter.com/sejal_badani

 

 

 

 

The Orphan of India by Sharon Maas

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Don’t Miss The Orphan of India by Sharon Maas, Coming 6/28/17!

It’s Moving, Compelling and Engrossing. I loved it!

 

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

 

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A Daughter’s Courage by Renita D’Silva

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Renita D’Silva’s Newest, Extraordinary and Moving Novel, A Daughter’s Courage. Coming—5/31/17!

 

A Daughter’s Courage is a touching and unforgettable novel. This story takes place mostly in India, during the 1920’s, but also fast-forwards to the twenty-first century.

Gowri loved school. Her goal was to become a teacher just like the woman she admired, Vandana Ma’am. But at the tender age of fourteen, Gowri’s dreams and choices were stripped from her. She was given over by her parents, to the Goddess Yellamma. Gowri would be bound to the Goddess and to the man who owned the land where the temple was built, for the rest of her life. She would spend her days worshipping the Goddess, and her nights, prostituting herself to the landlord and to any man whom the landlord deemed worthy of her. Gowri’s family cut all ties with her, except for the money they received from her services.

Lucy had disgraced herself and her family. She knew that she’d have to start over somewhere far from England. So when James Bell, a coffee plantation owner, proposed to Lucy, she accepted. She didn’t love him and hated to keep secrets from him, but James was her ticket to India and a new life. So Lucy heeded her mother’s advice and kept her ugly sin to herself. Lucy sincerely hoped, though, that James would never discover what she was hiding; she didn’t think he could ever forgive her if he found out.

There are many likable characters in this book. I loved Gowri, James and Market Boy. These three characters cared more about others than they did about themselves. The character, Lucy Bell, however, took me awhile to warm up to. She had grown up privileged and was quite spoiled and selfish. Kavya and Sue, are present day likable characters who play an important role in this book.

A Daughter’s Courage is a powerful story about love, sacrifice, and survival. After turning the last page, I sat in silence, reflecting on the extraordinary journey that I’d just taken. This emotional book will linger in your thoughts long after you’ve finished it. It is unfortunate, that although the practice of sacrificing young girls to the Goddess Yellamma, was outlawed in 1988, this terrible atrocity still takes place in today’s modern day world.

Thank you, Bookouture and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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*The Lost Daughter of India* by Sharon Maas

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The author pulled me into the heart of her characters, hijacked my emotions, and captured my attention until the very last page.

The Lost Daughter of India is a poignant story about a twelve-year-old Indian girl who was abducted and sold into prostitution. Although this fictional story takes place in India, it could actually be anywhere in the world. Human trafficking is a horrendous evil that occurs today, even in this modern day twenty-first century.

As a child, Carolyn’s greatest dream was to marry a prince and live in India. Little did she know that her dream would actually come true. She met her Indian prince in Boston, Massachusetts. The two married and moved to India. They thought that their deep love for one another would be enough to overcome any obstacles. But, homesickness led Carolyn back to the United States, leaving her daughter, Asha, behind. It would be, unfortunately, Asha who would pay the ultimate price for Carolyn’s abandonment.

Although the subject matter is disturbing, the story is engrossing and superbly written. The author pulled me into the heart of her characters, hijacked my emotions, and captured my attention until the very last page. I finished the book in one day, simply because I couldn’t put it down. Highly recommended.

Thank you Bookoutour publishing, and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

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*Lady Helen Finds Her Song*by Jennifer Moore*5-Stars

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Lady Helen Finds Her Song is one of the best Regency novels that I’ve read in a long time. I found the story, fascinating, heart-warming, and superbly written.

Twenty-year-old Lady Helen did not concern herself about leaving the comforts of her London home. She was too mesmerized and elated about exploring a new land and was thrilled to be traveling the seas to India with her mother and step-father, Brigadier-General Jim Stackhouse.

Lady Helen was a reserved and kind-hearted woman who was much prettier than she thought she was. She would often chastise herself for her inability to feel comfortable around men, especially a swoon-worthy man like, Lieutenant Arthur Bancroft.

Captain Michael Rhodes had convinced himself that Lady Helen was beyond his reach. He was ten years her senior and half the man that he used to be. But, that didn’t stop him from thinking and worrying about her constantly. Lady Helen loved when the Captain would teach her about India, and the Captain treasured every moment that he got to spend in her presence.

One evening when Lady Helen was trapped and petrified in a jungle, she felt strong arms lift her onto a horse. She knew without looking at him, who it was. She buried herself into the chest of her hero. The man who always seemed to be there for her. The man she loved.

Jennifer Moore transports her readers into the world of her characters, with her engaging and razor sharp writing. This book is not just a romance; it’s an adventure with well-developed characters, realistic dialogue and a compelling plot. I was completely engrossed in this riveting novel, from the very first page and stayed up half the night to finish it. I highly recommend giving Lady Helen Finds Her Song, a read.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover