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Absolutely fantastic read
on 27 February 2014
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.