Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Forgotten Daughter by Renita D'Silva

5 Star

‘You were adopted’. 

Three simple words, in a letter accompanying her parent’s will, tear Nisha’s carefully ordered world apart. Raised in England, by her caring but emotionally reserved parents, Nisha has never been one to take risks.

Now, with the scrawled address of an Indian convent begins a search for the mother and family she never knew and the awakening of childhood memories long forgotten.

The secrets, culture and people that Nisha discover will change her life forever. And, as her eyes are opened to a side of herself she didn’t know existed, Nisha realizes that she must also seek answers to the hardest question of all – why?

Sabrina-Kate - 5 Star

I can say without hesitation that I absolutely loved this book. I had read Renita D Silva's previous book Monsoon Memories so jumped at the chance to read her latest work and was definitely very happy to have done so.

Her descriptions of people and places are so realistic and really drew me into getting to know and care about the characters. The Forgotten Daughter is quite lengthy but I found myself so drawn into the story, and so deeply, that time just flew by before I even took a pause to come up for air.

The story captivated me and I truly enjoyed that way that it alternated between Shilpa, Devi and Nisha's voices. Each one was fascinating and compelling in its own way. I found myself trying to figure out how they were all connected it took quite some time before that was revealed - I never would have guessed exactly how they were linked.

The story was set in the UK and in India and rich descriptions set the scene for both in such an amazing way that I could easily picture myself in the midst of everything happening no matter where it was taking place.

The Forgotten Daughter was a very intense novel at times, addressing such themes as adoption, betrayal and family obligations which of course are viewed very differently depending on the culture. I found it very interesting to get the different perspectives and see how closely they could be linked.

There was a lot of feeling in this book and you could tell that this was something that came from the author's heart so if a heartwrenching emotional novel is what you enjoy then I encourage you to pick this one up.

Thank you to Bookouture for our review copy. All opinions are our own.

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