42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wondeful and powerful read about a mother's love
Every once in a while I want to read something other than chick lit and am always thrilled when I randomly pick up something wonderful. This novel wasn't recommended to us by anyone, rather, I liked the premise of the story, loved the cover and discovered while reading it that I loved the book as well! This beautiful story hooked me from the beginning and I've thought...
Published on May 17 2010 by Lydia - Novel Escapes
54 of 64 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great beginning ...
The story synopsis for "Secret Daughter" immediately captured my attention, and I eagerly bought this book looking forward to a satisfying read.
The begining was riveting and sucked me completely into the tale. But, as it progressed I found the author's back and forth jumping between characters very annoying. This writing technique can be successful, but the...
Published on May 16 2010 by P. Field
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Read!!!,
This review is from: Secret Daughter (Paperback)A moving and thought-provoking novel.
This story takes place in a remote Indian village. On the eve of the monsoons, Kavita gives birth to a baby girl who is not wanted by her husband, Jasu. He takes the baby, disappears for a couple of hours and returns without her. Kavita does not know what he has done. A couple of years later, Kavita again gives birth to a daughter whom she decides this time her husband will not take from her. She secretly makes plans with her sister Rupa to walk miles and miles to another village to leave her baby daughter at an orphanage with the hope she will be adopted and have a good life. The baby girl has the most beautiful "gold" coloured eyes, just like Kavita.
A couple of years later, Kavita again gives birth but this time to a boy Vijay whom her husband Jasu adores but he turns out to be a huge disappointment.
In America, Somer and Krishnan, both doctors can't seem to conceive. After a few brutually upsetting miscarriages, they decide to adopt a baby from Krishnan's home country of India. Somer is American but the waiting lists here are much too long. They travel half-way around the world to pick up their new baby daughter, the one with the most beautiful "gold" coloured eyes!
The novel interweaves the stories of Kavita, Somer, and the child that binds both of their destinies. Each chapter flips between Kavita and Somer which I love.
The characters are beautifully developed, the story well-written and you won't want this one to end. I'm keeping this in my permanent collection along with Rohinton Mistry's "A Fine Balance".
I would love to see Ms. Gowda write a sequel to this!!!! I need to know how Asha/Usha fares in the rest of her life and all of Krishnan's relatives and especially Kavita, Jasu and Vijay.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!,
This review is from: Secret Daughter (Paperback)Loved this book!! Grasped me from start to finish. Like taking a vacation and learning a new culture all at once. Would definitely recommend this one!
5.0 out of 5 stars secret daughter,
This review is from: Secret Daughter (Paperback)Loved the storyline. Interesting to watch how different the lives were and how each turned out. I was surprised by the ending.
5.0 out of 5 stars So good!,
This review is from: Secret Daughter (Paperback)Couldn't put it down! Great story. Interested in reading more from this author. The ending is so touching, your gonna love it!
4.0 out of 5 stars Great insight into Indian culture,
This review is from: Secret Daughter (Paperback)A very poignant story of a mother ion India who had to give up her daughter in order to have her survive and contrasted tot eh heartache and struggle of a well to do Indian doctor living in the West who is desperate to have a baby.
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read,
This review is from: Secret Daughter (Paperback)As someone who was born and in Canada, and raised here by parents born in India, I like how this author blends the two worlds. I found it very relatable. I was engrossed by this book and could not put it down. I finished it in one sitting on a rainy Saturday. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this author.
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth it,
This review is from: Secret Daughter: A Novel (Kindle Edition)Very intense. Very interesting.
This was an awesome break out novel for Gowda & I would definitely read her next one
5.0 out of 5 stars It was a gift for my mom,
This review is from: Secret Daughter: A Novel (Hardcover)She said it was well worth reading a compelling story. Although a bit short contain much detail of lives. Enjoy.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good beach reading.,
This review is from: Secret Daughter: A Novel (Kindle Edition)The idea of comparing the lives 2 women, one in India who cannot keep her girl babies and the other in California who cannot have a child of her own is compelling and I think that is done well. However, too many themes are introduced to deal with on more than a superficial level. Cross border and cross ethnicity adoption are one; the treatment of girls and women in India another; the migration of country people to the slums of Mumbai and the small chance of prosperity. Corruption and crime are glossed over.
Character was sacrificed to expediency, I thought, and except for the 2 main ones, Somer and Kavita, most of the people were backdrop.
The story is interesting and moves along at a good pace to a pretty neat and predictable conclusion.
Oh, by the way---I am not American myself and do not find Americans to be as bland and unadverterous as depicted in this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read,
This review is from: Secret Daughter: A Novel (Canadian Edition) (Mass Market Paperback)Really enjoyed this book....it did not end how I partially expected, but was a great look at how families can turn out although yo have different expectations
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Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda (Paperback - March 1 2010)
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