This book was May’s #BahlsenBookClub book but for a whole lot of reasons the post is only arriving now, sorry, things didn’t work as planned this month but next month’s book will definitely be posted in better time!
The book is ‘The Forgotten Daughter’ by Renita D’Silva – As is often the case, and will continue to be I hope, this isn’t the sort of book I’d tend to pick up myself but I am so pleased to have been introduced to it as it was such a beautiful read. Anyone else thinking I need to start reading some new genres?! I’ve been loving So many book club books and review books, recently, that are from genres that are different to my standard, that I clearly need to start thinking outside the box when it comes to books. That said, my ‘to-read’ list is mostly fantasy so it may have to wait until I’ve got through that!
The story is multifaceted but, primarily, follows a young British woman, of Indian descent, who discovers that she was adopted from India, rather than being born in Britain by her Indian parents. The character, having been brought up by scientists, goes through two different journeys throughout the story, firstly she has to learn how to deal with her emotions after a lifetime of being taught to be utterly logical, as well as discovering her past and her heritage.
The story isn’t just told from her perspective, though, as we learn more about her we’re also being told two other stories – Over in India there’s the story of a young lady who was brought up in a very strict world, learning to be her own person and at the same time she’s reading her mother’s diary which is showing her why her mother brought her up the way that she did, and why she was as stifling as she was.
It was no big surprise, to me, how the threads of the story comes together, I don’t think it was really meant to be (though I’m clearly not saying it here because you’ll need to read the story to work it out for yourself!) the beauty of this book is in the characters. It’s learning who each character is, and how they’ve been indelibly shaped by their culture, that really tells this story.
The writing style was just beautiful and each character was so strong, yet not one of them overshadowed the other, they all worked beautifully alongside each other as the story unfolded. I read the story very quickly as I was entranced by each story and by the vivid pictures painted of the world over in India; the fragrances and the colours were so vivid that it became so utterly real as you read each section. The insight into the worlds of each of these characters was flawlessly beautiful and it was easy to really love the characters and hope for the absolute best for them as they, each, undertook their journey – Be it an emotional one, a mental one or even one from the past.
I’m really interested to read D’Silva’s other book ‘Monsoon Memories’ and I’ve already ordered a kindle copy (yay, that’s me buying books from other genres!) – You can find D’Silva on Twitter @RenitaDSilva or here on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RenitaDSilvaBooks and you can buy ‘The Forgotten Daughter’ on Amazon here http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Forgotten-Daughter-Renita-DSilva/dp/190949027X.
I’m Very much looking forward to finding out what the next #BahlsenBookClub book is and I can’t wait to sit down with some biscuits and start reading again. So, please, keep an eye out for the next book, it hopefully won’t be all that long as it’ll be in the right month this time!
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