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The Forgotten Daughter [Paperback]

Renita D'Silva
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Book Description

28 Feb 2014
'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? 'Renita D'Silva is a genius at evoking the sounds, sights and aromas of India. A major new talent - I can't wait for her next novel.' Linda Kavanagh

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Product details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bookouture (28 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190949027X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909490277
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 12.7 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Renita D'Silva loves stories, both reading and creating them. Her short stories have been published in 'The View from Here', 'Bartleby Snopes', 'this zine', 'Platinum Page', 'Paragraph Planet' among others and have been nominated for the 'Pushcart' prize and the 'Best of the Net' anthology. She is the author of 'Monsoon Memories','The Forgotten Daughter' and 'The Stolen Girl'.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic read 27 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I read and enjoyed the author's first novel, Monsoon Memories, but I absolutely LOVED The Forgotten Daughter. Set partly in England but mainly in India. It is the story of three women.

Nisha is mourning the death of her parents when she comes across a letter from them announcing to her that she was adopted. We follow her coming to terms with the news and making the decision to travel to India to discover her roots.

Devi is holding a vigil by her sick mother's bedside. She has always felt angry at her mother who tended to smother her with love and possessiveness. Her part of the story is told in the letters she writes to her sick mother, Shilpa, whose part of the story is told by her diary entries. I particularly loved the way the entries were interspersed with recipes for the food she loved to cook. It really made my mouth water and is tempting me to try some of them.

To say much more about the plot would be to spoil the read for anyone else, but it is a story of mothers and daughters with the underlying theme running through it of Nature versus Nurture as we come to understand the very different lives Nisha and Devi lead. They have had very different upbringings as Nisha has always felt that she was never shown love by her parents, whereas Devi feels smothered by her mothers' love. The Indian setting was brilliantly portrayed - the food, the colours, the people, the sights and the smells.

It is a fascinating read with some truly wonderful characters who grow and mature throughout the book. I absolutely adored the book and can't recommend it highly enough.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Indian Tale 1 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
What is it like to find out you are adopted? How much worse would it be to find out on the death of your parents by way of a letter?

The Forgotten Daughter examines the life of three women, Nisha who lives in England and the recipient of the news that she was adopted. The only piece of information she has is the address of a convent in India to start the trail of why her mother gave her away. Nisha longs to know why her parents chose to bring her to England to start a new life with no knowledge of her roots. Nisha narrates her journey of discovery from a dispassionate young women who finds solace in analysing numbers to one who begins to remember some long buried memories.

In India Shilpa is a traditional Indian mother, determined that her daughter Devi abides by the familiar traditions while Devi wants to break free from her claustrophobic love. When Shilpa is admitted to hospital Devi gets to know her mother through her diary. This isn't any old diary though, this has the notes of the dishes she has cooks interspersed with the story of her life. These recipes included are complete instructions, not just a list of ingredients so you too can have a go at recreating the food Shilpa cooked for her family.

Devi's story of a young woman desperate to break free from the constraints of her upbringing where her culture dictates that she behave, dress and abide by traditions that she longs to leave behind.

If you want a book to savour then this is the book for you. Renita D'Silva writing means the smells, sights and sounds of life in India come to life through her brilliant descriptions. The beautiful saris the weight of the gold, the gaudy sandals that the women use to adorn themselves with shimmer on the page.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Escape to India 27 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the second book that I’ve read from Renita D’Silva, and I love how her writing completely transports you to India. I’ve never been there, but you can almost feel the heat and dust and smell the cooking as you turn the pages!

A wonderfully told, emotional story and perfect for travelling from the comfort of your armchair.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story 27 Feb 2014
By Amelia
Format:Kindle Edition
This is another great story by a new and upcoming author. This is Renita D'Silvas second book that ive had the pleasure of reading and i loved it. Its a little gem with a good story line and interesting and likeable characters, and the way its written makes you feel that your in India. Will be telling my friends and family to read it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and moving 2 Mar 2014
By FeeVee
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a beautiful and moving book. Renita D’Silva skilfully weaves together the distinct voices of three women into a compelling, bittersweet story of the joy, pain and complexity of the love between a mother and her daughters. Sumptuously described, the lyrical prose paints a vivid picture of the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of India, evoking the beauty and the richness of culture alongside the poverty and the mystery. A highly recommended read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching, thought-provoking, beautiful 7 Mar 2014
By Jody
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed discovering India through the eyes of Nisha - a woman who goes on an emotional journey of self-discovery after finding out that she was adopted. For me the book was an interesting insight into Indian culture and a touching story - all beautifully described.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book 26 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this book. It took me a few chapters to get into it and realise who the characters were. Once this was established,I really enjoyed it.
I visited India ten years ago and because of the excellent descriptions,I felt that I was back there again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The forgotten daughter 21 April 2014
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A little bit slow to start but soon became a brilliant and very emotional story, very well written and very well worth reading
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A good evening's read, but careful... A wonderful but soppy ending pretty much guaranteed to demand a tissue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Absolutely brilliant brilliant book. A real page turner read it in less than thirty six hours. Granted i was on holiday but truly couldn't put it down highly recommend it
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Beautiful book, couldn't put it down. Filled with such warmth and affection. A little over descriptive at times (for my liking), but manages to depict perfect visions of the... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Impatientpodey
5.0 out of 5 stars Heatwarming
A lovely story, well written. One of the best books I have read for a while. Looking forward to her next one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a lovely book
I enjoyed this story and the India it evoked. My only small criticism was I felt the voice of Nisha remembered too much, too vividly such as names of people and things from when... Read more
Published 21 days ago by nicki
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this story
I really enjoyed this story. It made the culture very much alive. Good insight into what it's like to find out you're adopted as an adult and to understand why people try to keep... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars a good read
This is the first time I have read a book by this author it was a well written story that sees a family reunited
Published 23 days ago by Sylvia
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