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The Forgotten Daughter by Renita D’Silva #bahlsenbookclub


This is the second book for the Bahlsen Book Club and what a book this is! I was very excited to read this book as I had heard good things. Here’s the blurb:

Three simple words, in a letter accompanying her parents’ will, tear Nisha’s carefully ordered world apart. Raised in England, by her caring but emotionally reserved parents, Nisha has never been one to take risks.

Now, with the scrawled address of an Indian convent begins a search for the mother and family she never knew and the awakening of childhood memories long forgotten.

The secrets, culture and people that Nisha discover will change her life forever. And, as her eyes are opened to a side of herself she didn’t know existed, Nisha realizes that she must also seek answers to the hardest question of all – why?

Weaving together the stories of Nisha, Shilpa and Devi, The Forgotten Daughter explores powerfully and poignantly the emotional themes of motherhood, loss and identity – ultimately asking the question of what you would do out of love for your children?

This book was really good and very interesting. The story begins when Nisha, on her parents death, finds out that she was adopted. She wants to find out about her past and who her birth family are. She only knows that she was born in India and that she was adopted from a convent. She travels to India to find out who she is.

The story also is from other characters points of view, who feature in Nisha’s past (I won’t say much more as it could spoil things!). These take on the form of first person, whilst Nisha’s story is third person. I really enjoyed the first person perspectives, and I enjoyed the diary format that some of this took. It was thrilling working out what was going to happen next and a clever way to tell the story.

I loved the writing style, it was easy to read yet full of description and detail. One aspect I wasn’t so keen on was the ‘love’ story of Nisha and her boyfriend Matt, as you may be able to tell by now I do find these a bit cheesy in a book! (I’m just not a romantic person I don’t think!)mThe book was really engaging, I sat up and read until my eyes shut of their own accord! I loved the descriptions of India and also the descriptions of the food, it made me feel engrossed in the culture (and rather hungry!)

This book made me think about motherhood, about decisions we make in life and also, if you believe in fate or do you make your own luck in life? I personally feel like we can make our own fate or change our fate, I don’t believe that there is just one course in life! It’s a really fascinating subject to think about.

I would definitely recommend this book to others, I would give it 4/5 stars. It’s so hard to write about and not give the plot away, so I hope I have done well in this respect! If you have read this book let me know and we can talk spoilers!


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