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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!

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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wonderful

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

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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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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

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Laughable narration, predictable plot line

I actually deleted the audio early on and transitioned to the readable version on Kindle out of frustration with the abysmal narrator. I was traveling, though, and desperate for something to listen to on the road so I re-downloaded the Audible version. It was still and truly a horribly painful performance, however, and as annoyingly disappointing as I had remembered.
The story itself was absolutely predictable. There is no secret here, folks, from a quarter into the story. “Revelation” was delivered totally as expected and right on schedule.
But it is the narrator who truly fails to deliver. I’ve lived in Asia for years, and I have never heard an Indian accent like the narrator’s sad imitation of one. In fact, when the dialogue is between the Indian character and the Brit I could hardly tell the difference- they were both ridiculous caricatures of authentic accents. Plus, the reader wins awards for the most overdrawn, over-earnest, over-enunciated and over-acted presentation, while at the same time managing to sound robotic.
All in all, I am baffled by many of the glowing reviews on this book, for so many reasons. My recommendation is if you want to meet the challenge of The Storyteller’s Secret, opt for the Kindle version.

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  • Susan
  • oakland, ca, United States
  • 11-22-18

Good listen

This book kept me company in a long drive. I had two favorite parts. First was learning about customs and beliefs I haven’t experienced. The second we’re the multiple stories with in stories. I was enchanted with many of them and some were very thought provoking.

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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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I did not want this story to end. I want a sequel.

Best book I have read/heard in a long time. fell in love with the characters. Great job by narrator-she brought the story to life. I plan to search for more stories by the author and narrator. Sad to see this story end.

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C minus

Story seemed sophomoric, predictable and simplistic. Characters seemed contrived.
I almost quit listening several times but the narration and performance was so good that I continued until the end.

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  • Andi
  • Las Cruces, NM, USA
  • 12-14-18

A Transportation into Another Lifetime and World

First, have tissues ready for the end of the story, which defines true love and sacrifice. The author and the narrator brought vivid images of the villages and the characters to life. I was transported to another lifetime and world and feel I have learned a little bit more about the Indian culture.

I am glad I decided to listen to this book. I don't think reading alone would have made it reach the potential impact it did.

Enjoy.

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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

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  • linda goodall
  • 11-03-18

A book of wisdom

this beautifully written and narrated book is a treasure for all to be always gratefull.