I just finished up listening to The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani. This one came recommended to me by Mary over at Country Threads. Mary said that the book had her up late reading and that, to me, is the best recommendation. Mary has similar tastes to me in books.
I liked the book a lot. It’s a combination of present day and past. It flows nicely between the two time periods. I admitted know little about Hindu practices, India or their history. This book was enjoyable to read and gave me a glimpse of life there. This is one of the main reasons I love historical fiction. I also love that a daughter was brave enough to investigate her mother’s past and can see how it made her who she is today. Everyone has a history that helps them form who they are today.
Here’s what Amazon had to say:
“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.”
Almost 4000 Amazon readers have reviewed this book. They rate the book 4.8 stars. That is a HIGH rating. I rarely see any rated that high with that many readers. I’d give the book the same rating as the Amazon readers.