07 March, 2016

#BookReview :: The Forgotten Daughter by Renita D'Silva

‘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?
Weaving together the stories of Nisha, Shilpa and Devi, The Forgotten Daughter explores powerfully and poignantly the emotional themes of motherhood, loss and identity – ultimately asking the question of what you would do out of love for your children? 

Fingerprint Publishing House is slowly becoming my favourite source of review copies. They have been consistently publishing really good books. The Forgotten Daughter by Renita D’Silva only adds to their collection.

The Forgotten Daughter is the story of three women – Shilpa, Devi and Nisha. It is the story of their lives, their choices and their ups and downs in life. On one hand we have Nisha whose life falls apart after her parents’ death with a simple note. The words ‘You were adopted’ breaks down everything that Nisha thought she knew about her parents and challenges everything that she thought she knew about herself. On the other hand we have Shilpa and Devi who are trying their best to hold on to each other. With Shilpa’s life close to flickering out, Devi finds her mother’s journal filled with snippets of her life. Devi too tries to convey her side of the story. Three different women and three very different voices brought together in a plot woven by Renits D’Silva.

The book is just perfect in every way. The author has done a lovely job of bringing these women to life through her words. The characters are well developed with many hues to them. The connection I felt to them is not because of familiarity but something else on the whole. It was as if I felt their joys, their pains and lived their lives with them. The story itself invoked so many emotions in me that a person like me, who reads captivating books in one sitting, was forced to put down the book at intervals. It was so that I could reflect on the experiences or memories of the characters and actually separate my emotions from theirs. The author lyrical language and engaging narration style only adds to the beauty of the book. I have to admit that it did take me 15-20 pages to get comfortable, but once I was settled, there was no turning back with this book.

A beautiful story, narrated stunningly and is a must read.

Review Copy received from Fingerprint Publishing

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