Book Review: A Secret Daughter

After a weekend spent with friends and family in the best city on earth (Chicago, duh!), David and I returned back to Charlotte with a new lease on life. And, while we were busy as bees – catching up with all our pals, my sister and his brother and attending a beautiful wedding – I was able to finish the last of the Sookie Stackhouse novels and start two new books.

While I’m still working my way through Baron Baptiste’s 40 Days to Personal Revolution (40 Days to Personal Revolution)  (FYI – even if you have an eReader, buy the book; too hard to flip thru the electronic version to get the yoga poses!)

40 Days to Personal Revolution

I am happy to share that I’ve devoured more than half of this incredible book in less than 12 hours!

Secret Daughter

(Secret Daughter).

Truth be told, I bought this book because Amazon recommended it to me – and I am up now, at 2:35 a.m. taking a break from reading because I couldn’t wait to share with you!

The story recounts parallel lives that intertwine and both ravel (and unravel) into one tale of instinctual love. It catalogues family – and not just in the traditional sense. It delves deep into the love a mother has for her child – regardless of how they came by that child. What’s more, the story is told from the viewpoints of three distinct, strong-willed women: Kavita – the poverty-stricken Indian woman, forced to give up her precious daughter; Somer – the successful American doctor who, despite her professional accomplishments, cannot carry a child of “her own” and adopts a daughter from an orphanage in India; and Asha (Usha), the same strong-willed, curious daughter that each Kavita and Somer call their own.

While this is the debut novel for Shilpi Somaya Gowda, the writing is beautiful; conveying the emotion felt by each character. It engaged me from the very first words and I have yet to put it down for longer than 20 minutes.

Realizing I hadn’t written yet this week, I’m sorry for reviewing an unfinished book – I will follow-up on this with notes upon completion. In the interim, I encourage you to read a few pages or even – if you trust me – go out and get it! I promise, you won’t be disappointed!

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