It’s been a long time since I have read a book and burst into the “ugly cry”. It’s been even longer since I have devoured a book in two days. Shilpi Somaya Gowda’s debut novel, The Secret Daughter, instantly captivated me.
The novel follows two families that couldn’t be more opposite. Somer, an American born and bred physician and her neurosurgeon, upper class Indian husband, Krishnan has made California their home. After a few years of marriage and desperately trying to conceive a child, they adopt their daughter from Mumbai (where Krishnan’s family still lives).
On the other side of the world, lives Kavita. She is a poor, illiterate village woman, who walked overnight to ensure her three-day old daughter was safely housed in the orphanage.
The two families are followed for more than twenty years. The life that Somer dreamed of has left her aching and feeling like an outsider in her own family. Kavita is revealed to be a dedicated mother and wife becomes the rock of her family.
It is a story that will resonate with any mother as it is a love story between two women and the daughter they both yearn for.
Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Please share your thoughts . . .
As always, I profess not be a review but merely a “suggester”. If you want to read some reviews of this book check out the following:
Jules Book Reviews (a fantastic book blog)
Life Just Became Simpler (includes a video clip of the author)
S. Krishna’s Books (definitely an insatiable reader!)
Give Reading a Chance