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Sari Shop Widow [Paperback]

Shobhan Bantwal
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Sept. 1 2009
Based on a true story: A Spanish sea captain rescues four German castaways during a treacherous storm in 1940. He doesn’t know who they are or where they came from, but one of them gives him a mysterious gold-and-diamond emblem before disembarking. Decades later, the captain’s son receives a substantial offer for it and is told an astounding story behind the object: it holds the key to Paul Reiner’s lifelong quest. . . .

Munich, 1919. After his family falls into disgrace, fifteen-year-old Paul dreams of the heroic father he never knew. But one night, seconds before committing suicide, Paul’s cousin reveals a terrible secret about his father’s death. This discovery turns Paul’s world upside down and leads him on a hunt in Nazi Germany to uncover the mystery surrounding his father’s death.

The Traitor’s Emblem is an epic novel spanning decades of family betrayal, impossible love, and the high price of vengeance. Set against the menacing streets of Depression-era Munich and the cruel rise of Nazism, Gómez-Jurado’s spellbinding thriller proves again that he is a master of narration.

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"With a compelling plot, a vivid historical context, a rapid pace, an exciting mystery, and excellent characterizations, the novel will satisfy fans of Da Vinci Code–like conspiracy tales as well as those who savor multidimensional literary thrillers." --starred Booklist review

"The Traitor's Emblem by Juan Gómez-Jurado is a spellbinding story. Only he could pull this off!" --Katherine Neville, bestselling author of The Eight

"Gómez-Jurado has surpassed himself. Sparked by a historical event, he has crafted an emotional novel filled with surprises. This is just the type of book I love to read." --Javier Sierra, bestselling author of The Secret Supper

“A riveting love story, [...] and a villain so evil he makes Hitler look like a pretty nice fellow.”

--Kirkus Reviews

"Sizzles with tension and twists that both entertain and magnetize. The imagination of Juan Gómez-Jurado is a wonder to behold and an amazing place to visit." --Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Jefferson Key

"A heart-thumping story teeming with secrets and deceptions." --Daily Express (UK) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Juan Gómez-Jurado is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author. The Moses Expedition and his prize-winning first novel, God’s Spy, have been published in more than forty countries and have become international bestsellers. In 2010, Juan celebrated reaching 3 million readers worldwide. He is a recipient of the prestigious Premio de Novela Ciudad de Torrevieja. Gómez-Jurado lives with his family in Madrid, Spain.

 

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars - Smoother than Chai tea Sept. 1 2009
By Detra Fitch TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Anjali Kapadia is an Indian-American widow. Though she still dreams of someday marrying and having kids, those dreams are beginning to fade. In her ten years of widowhood, Anjali simply has not found someone she could fall in love with. Now nearing the age of forty, she has all but given up hope. Otherwise, Anjali feels fulfilled. She and her parents are in business together. They own a small upscale boutique in Little India (New Jersey) called Silk & Sapphires. Anjali is very artistic, very creative, and has designed the clothing in the shop. Her parents, though, have kept one thing quiet from Anjali. The shop is in the red. Unless they can turn things around quickly, they will lose the boutique.

Drastic measures have already been put into place. Anjali's father has requested help from his rich older brother, Jeevan. It has been five years since Anjali's uncle last visited from India. He may be a smart businessman, but his commanding ways, crazy demands, and overbearing character is too much for her or her mother to deal with. It becomes harder when Jeevan appears with enough luggage to show he plans a long stay. Jeevan also brought along, unannounced, his business partner from London, Rishi Shah. The handsome Brit specializes in saving failing businesses. Rishi and Jeevan have big plans to save the boutique. Part of that is buying fifty-one percent of Silk & Sapphires.

Can Anjali's uncle and the Londoner save her beloved shop? If so, will it no longer belong to her? And can Anjali and Rishi take a leap of faith with their hearts?

***** 4.5 STARS! This story is very rich in Desi culture. I found it to be extremely fascinating.
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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Surprise Reviewer: Sucker For Freebies Aug. 27 2009
By Renee Shields - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Here'a a book I never would have read had it not been offered free on Kindle. It turned out to be an interesting read, exposing me to an aspect of American-Indian (Desi) culture I might not otherwise have ever gotten to see.

Anjali is an American born Indian widow who has put her life on hold to make a success of her parents' sari boutique, called 'Silk and Sapphires.' To her dismay, she learns that without her realizing it, the shop is close to bankruptcy. Her father, without her knowledge or consent, calls on his rich, tyrannical elder brother for help in rescueing the business. When this brother flies in from India he is accompanied by a man unknown to any of the family, announcing that this Rishi Shah is his business partner, and that they will sort out all the problems. Anjali, being a modern American woman, doesn't want any outsiders sorting out her problems.
And from there, stock Romance ensues.

What made this book interesting was that, wrapped around a standard "romance" plot, there was a really nice look at an exotic sub-culture - in Edison,N.J. of all places, that I surely did not know existed. It was fascinating to read about, and elevated this run-of-the-mill romance a step above the norm. A really pleasant surprise!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A window into a different culture Sept. 6 2009
By Eve Paludan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I got this book free on Kindle and it was a good read, hence the three stars. The rich cultural family life and love relationships were a pleasant surprise. I enjoyed reading the emotional growth of an almost-40 Indian-American widow (a successful fashion designer and partner in a family sari shop) and her relationship with (first) a sex-buddy type of boyfriend to whom I never warmed up. She finally lets herself fall for someone who truly loves her for herself and who is someone of whom her family would also approve, despite one sort of black mark in the relationship department on the part of the hero, and with the sex buddy on hers. Though her husband has been dead for ten years, she still carries a torch, which made me really love her character. This meant the eventual hero would have to really outshine the almost-beatific love she had for her dead husband. I felt that the ending was somewhat abrupt and not as richly written as the rest of the book, but I did get my happily ever after. It was just lacking the previous zeal of the other chapters. The characterizations of her family were well drawn. What a scrumptious hero who is even more empathetic because of a slight disability that has a secret story behind it. I look forward to other books from this author and will be hunting for some more good ethnic romance reads. This is not my usual reading fare and I was happy to have gotten the chance to be introduced to this author because the book was free on Kindle for a short time. Next time, I will buy her title!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars super ethnic family drama Aug. 29 2009
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Anjali Kapadia had once dreamed of raising children, but after a decade since she cremated Vikram, the Indian-American has little hope of a second marriage as she has not found anyone she wants to marry though she has a secret boyfriend she hides from her parents. Nearing forty with her biological clock winding down, she has all but given up on her dream. Everything else in her life is good as she and her parents Mohan and Usha run the Silk and Sapphires upscale boutique in the Little India neighborhood of Edison, New Jersey where she designs clothing.

However, Anjali is ignorant of the fact that the shop is failing. Her desperate father Mohan asks his wealthy older brother for help. Anjali's Uncle Jeevan-kaka has not been state side in five years, but comes from India to see what he can do to save the boutique. He is a benevolent dictator who drove Anjali and her mom crazy with his demands on his last visit. Jeevan arrives in New Jersey with his London-based business partner Rishi Shah, an expert on saving businesses buried in red ink. They plan to save the shop but also demand fifty-one percent ownership of the store. As Anjali and Rishi fall in love, she must decide can she trust him with her heart, her boutique, and her future when he already has a client girlfriend?

This is a super ethnic family drama from an author who consistently provides readers with great profound novels that give insight into the Indian especially the Indian-American Hindu culture (see THE FORBIDDEN DAUGHTER and THE DOWRY BRIDE). Once again the fully developed characters make for a strong deep look at Hindu life in central New Jersey with the romance augmenting the insightful look. Shobhan Bantwal's enjoyable novels are incredibly entertaining but also enlightening as the reader sips masala chai.

Harriet Klausner
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but predictable June 27 2010
By eherschie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Sari Shop Window promised to be an informative and engrossing book, which it could have been had it not been filled chock full of cliches. You have just parents, loving and fighting siblings, and men professing reluctant everlasting love in terms worthy of the worst romance novels.
Anyone could have seen the ending coming from page 10.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Best thing about it? Free. April 12 2011
By T. Nociti - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I finished it but only because it was quick and simple. And by simple, I mean s i m p l e. The characters weren't underdeveloped, they were plain UNdeveloped. I am not sure I've encountered such hollowness, ever.

I'm confused by people saying they had a "glimpse" into Indian-American culture. Honestly, I could have written this one with what I know about the Indian and/or Hindu culture. NOthing of substance. Generalities and cliches abound.

It's basically a PG rated bodice-ripper.
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