The novel shifts between two compelling story lines, one taking place in India and one in America. My copy of Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda was received for review from TLC Book Tours and the Publisher.
I have read a lot of great things about this book, and your enthusiastic review makes me want to go out and read this one now!
This sounds like such an amazing book and if it is going to make your top reads then I definitely want to read it. A coworker recommended this book to me and she forewarned me that it would most definitely spark a few emotions in me, mainly grief, and would undoubtedly help a few tears fall down my cheeks.
The tale of this book in it’s simplest form describes the life of two mother’s on opposite sides of the world, intricately entwined without being aware, due to the life force that binds them – their mutual daughter.
Halfway around the globe, Somer, an American doctor, decides to adopt a child after making the wrenching discovery that she will never have one of her own. Interweaving the stories of Kavita, Somer, and the child that binds both of their destinies, Secret Daughter poignantly explores the emotional terrain of motherhood, loss, identity, and love, as witnessed through the lives of two families – one Indian, one American – and the child that indelibly connects them. A compelling alternate history of the Romanov family in which a secret fifth daughter—smuggled out of Russia before the revolution—continues the royal lineage to dramatic consequencesIn her riveting debut novel, The Secret Daughter of the Tsar, Jennifer Laam seamlessly braids together the stories of three women: Veronica, Lena, and Charlotte. As I saw my new-born baby’s face for the first time I tried desperately to capture her face in my mind—to stamp it onto my eyelids. Sabina is 38 years old and pregnant with her first baby when her parents hit her with the bombshell that she is adopted in this extremely emotional and melodramatic story which weaves its way between 1973 and 2012. I always believed that this novel would be a powerful and poignant read, and your words have confirmed that, so I am surely going to get my hands on it! This lack of literature in my life was in large part to a five-day whirlwind adventure to Vegas and needless to say, Sin City doesn’t provide a lot of room or time for reading, despite all the lights. Let that be my warning to you, as a fellow reader, that this novel is not one for public transit on your morning commutes. Kavita, a mother in India who is forced to give away her daughter due to the inability to raise her in her current circumstances is the first mother we’re introduced to.


But in a culture that favors sons, the only way for Kavita to save her newborn daughter’s life is to give her away.
When she and her husband, Krishnan, see a photo of the baby with the golden-flecked eyes from a Mumbai orphanage, they are overwhelmed with emotion. You must pick this book up, it is absolutely fantastic and an early leader on my 2011 favorite’s list!
Veronica is an aspiring historian living in present-day Los Angeles when she meets a mysterious man who may be heir to the Russian throne.
The story is told from three perspectives, Sabina herself, her birth mother Lilly and her adopted mother Megan, so we get all three angles of this very sad story. If you’re reading this on a site other than Peeking Between the Pages or Darlene’s Feed, be aware that this post has been stolen and is used without permission. I really wish you can do a theme analysis on this book so that people an in-depth understanding of this book. Since returning home to Vancouver I thankfully fell back into my regular rhythm and quickly picked up where I originally left off in my reading of Canadian author Shilpi Somaya Gowda’s inspirational and emotionally charged novel, Secret Daughter. It’s best left for your reading prior to falling asleep at night, or wrapped in a blanket by yourself on a Sunday afternoon. The daughter given up for adoption and in turn, the girl in the middle is Asha, who is adopted at the young age of one, by the second mother in the story, Somer, in the United States. It is a decision that will haunt her and her husband for the rest of their lives, even after the arrival of their cherished son. Somer knows life will change with the adoption but is convinced that they love they already feel will overcome all obstacles. As she sets about investigating the legitimacy of his claim through a winding path of romance and deception, the ghosts of her own past begin to haunt her. With that said, I fully recommend that everyone reading these words pick up this book and tackle it at soon as you possibly can.
That’s literally all I can say before I start spewing forth several key heart-wrenching points in the story!


Lena, a servant in the imperial Russian court of 1902, is approached by the desperate Empress Alexandra.
At one time the government controlled laws about young woman who were pregnant -(born out of wedlock)- Put into maternity homes against their will. After conceiving four daughters, the Empress is determined to sire a son and believes Lena can help her. And, why are her parents still not telling her the truth and behaving so cagey about matters.
This story with the various characters and their different struggles sounds captivating and so readable.Thank you for your great review.
Once elevated to the Romanov's treacherous inner circle, Lena finds herself under the watchful eye of the meddling Dowager Empress Marie. Charlotte, a former ballerina living in World War II occupied Paris, receives a surprise visit from a German officer. Determined to protect her son from the Nazis, Charlotte escapes the city, but not before learning that the officer's interest in her stems from his longstanding obsession with the fate of the Russian monarchy. Then as Veronica's passion intensifies, and her search for the true heir to the throne takes a dangerous turn, the reader learns just how these three vastly different women are connected. The Secret Daughter of the Tsar is thrilling from its first intense moments until its final, unexpected conclusion. I have two close people in my life where - as adults --(much like this story), who receivedshocking information about their biological parent.



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