Seven-year-old Chellamuthu's life - and his destiny - is forever changed when he is kidnapped from his village in Southern India and sold to the Lincoln Home for Homeless Children. His family is desperate to find him, and Chellamuthu anxiously tells the Indian orphanage that he is not an orphan, he has a mother who loves him. But he is told not to worry, he will soon be adopted by a loving family in America.
Chellamuthu is suddenly surrounded by a foreign land and a foreign language. He can't tell people that he already has a family and becomes consumed by a single impossible question: How do I get home? But after more than a decade, home becomes a much more complicated idea as the Indian boy eventually sheds his past and receives a new name: Taj Khyber Rowland.
It isn't until Taj meets an Indian family who help him rediscover his roots - as well as marrying Priya, his wife, who helps him unveil the secrets of his past - that he begins to discover the truth he has all but forgotten. Taj is determined to return to India and begin the quest to find his birth family. But is it too late? Is it possible that his birth mother is still looking for him? And which family does he belong to now?
From the best-selling author of The Rent Collector, this is a deeply moving and gripping journey about discovering oneself and the unbreakable family bonds that connect us forever.
©2016 Camron Wright (P)2016 Shadow Mountain
This book made me laugh and also made me tear up. It was an extraordinary and heart wrenching story and it was written in a way that made it possible for my young daughter to listen along with me. I absolutely loved it and highly recommend it to everyone.
I loved everything about this book. It was a wonderful story that was very well written. The audio performance was engaging with voices changing for each character. I will be sharing and recommending to my friends.
I haven't read a "five star worthy" book in sometime. This has to be one of the best books I've ever read in my life from beginning to end. It has a powerful message to never give up. Along the way there is suspense, hilarious situations, a beautiful romance, this book has it all! I would recommend it to anybody who wants to walk away from a book feeling uplifted and inspired to go out and accomplish anything!
The first half of the story flowed smoothly with interesting a fully developed characters. What happened?!? As the central figure reached adulthood and began his search, the characters became flattened and irritating. Kelly's platitudes and arm chair psychology were annoying. Chris was one - dimensional with unclear motivation. A great start that fizzled in execution. Spectacular narration.
The Orphan Keeper is based on a true story. It's reality of an Indian boy taken, placed in an orphanage and sold to a family in America. As the story ended my emotions are confused, feeling both heartbroken and happy. It's rare to find a story the runs the gamut of emotions, a story that will stay with one indefinitely.
First of all the narrator, Simon Vance, it's so good that after this book was finished I immediately ordered several more books just narrated by him! And secondly, the whole story is so heartwarming and beautifully written. I found myself wondering if I could ever write that descriptively. Probably not, but it gave me a little hope! I would love to be able to write like this. I have been a member of Audible for several years and sometimes I have come across books that just drag, or have unnecessary cussing, are too cheesy, or are not uplifting, etc. THIS BOOK IS PERFECT in every way. I could not stop listening to it!! The message was completely uplifting. The final chapter sums it all up so beautifully. "Dharma." You'll see what I mean. I loved every moment of this book!
Very interesting account about overcoming hardship for the betterment of everyone around you. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to hear other people's stories told in creative ways.
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