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Publisher's Summary

From the bestselling author of Trail of Broken Wings comes an epic story of the unrelenting force of love, the power of healing, and the invincible desire to dream.

Nothing prepares Jaya, a New York journalist, for the heartbreak of her third miscarriage and the slow unraveling of her marriage in its wake. Desperate to assuage her deep anguish, she decides to go to India to uncover answers to her family’s past.

Intoxicated by the sights, smells, and sounds she experiences, Jaya becomes an eager student of the culture. But it is Ravi - her grandmother’s former servant and trusted confidant - who reveals the resilience, struggles, secret love, and tragic fall of Jaya’s pioneering grandmother during the British occupation. Through her courageous grandmother’s arrestingly romantic and heart-wrenching story, Jaya discovers the legacy bequeathed to her and a strength that, until now, she never knew was possible.

©2018 Sejal Badani (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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Roots India style

A truly wonderful story told in a storytellers style. While I am an avid reader, I don’t think I would have rated it, or enjoyed it, nearly as much If I had read it as I did having it read to me. I loved the voices and accents used as much as the story itself!

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I can't think of any other book this heart worming

Not normally moved by the romance type of novel,s , this author moved even this
grumpy old mans heart

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wonderful

wonderful story. was very engaging, i couldnt stop listening. reccomend to all who like a tragic yet triumphant tell

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This is what I've been searching.for!

I'm an avid readre since childhood. Encouraged by my parents who, especially my mother, picked up a book during the day and nightly with my daddy. I'm sorry, I'm Southern and theu were always "Mama and Daddy". As an adult anRN who has always wanted to travel and seek a history degree.
Lately i have been searching for books on other cultures. This fits the bill.
Like the heroine in the story I battlled infertility. That initial snippet drew me to the book. Secondly was her Eastern Indian heritage. A former Co-worker was a native of India and had a happy marriage arranged by parents. I wanted a peek if possible, into the country of her birth.
Beautifully written, narrated by a preformer with a nearly hypnotizing voice led me to be able to close my eyes, see, smell and feel the story. To be able to resolve lifelong problems and relationships with her mother by knowing what had been hidden for a lifetime.
Lastly the most fulfilling happy ending ever.
I've already purchased the author's next book and can't wait to begin. I'm not your typical listener as I sew daily for pleasure and little profit and focus on books and other dreams while sewing.
5 stars and direct me to other parts of the world.

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A beautiful story, a really bad storyteller.

I had to stop listening to the audiobook to save the story. Seriously? How difficult is it to do an Indian accent? It was so bad and pretentious that it kept pissing me off, the more I listened to it. It sounded halfway between Italian and Slavic. I tried really hard to ignore the horrible accent, however gave up on the audiobook half way through. I feel like they should have picked an Indian to read it, or someone with a background/knowledge of the place, considering that the story revolves around Indian characters and is set in the said country. I'm sad to say, this was one of audible's worst performances. Such a great book, though! Read it, you'll be able to experience the story way better than listening to it.

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I loved the culture info

I loved the culture info. some of it was heartbreaking, but some of it sounded like fun.

I only gave the story 3 stars because it was not hard to figure out the secret. mostly it was because I'm not a fan of romanticizing adultery.

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Disappointed, but maybe with some editing...

This novel started well. The cultural references were fascinating. But the dialogue became cliche and the main characters began to contradict their core values. It became hard to trust the narration or believe the revelation of the plot.


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Wonderful!

A beautiful and emotion packed story with brilliant narration. I found myself completely captivated and swept away by this book! I listen to audiobooks on my commute to work and this story made me late several times! I did not want to get out of the car and pause it.

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Good

Narration was great. Descriptions were so colorful. I could almost taste the curry and smell the mint. Made me wonder if I would have taken such risks for love.

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loved it

Loved this book. The narrator is excellent.
I highly recommend you listen to this book.

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  • carolyn
  • 10-02-18

Long read

Just about interesting enough to hold your attention , I wouldn't say it's full of excitement or intrique. Holiday read maybe .

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  • Morf
  • 09-03-18

the storytellers secret

I have no words, but I have a flood of tears, it's a heartfelt story, very emotional and told with feeling and , best book I have listened to in a long time