When Caroline meets Kamal the attraction is instant. He’s enchanting, charismatic and she can’t wait to set up a new life with him in India. Both their families are against the union but Caroline is convinced they’ll come round, especially when she gives birth to a beautiful daughter, Asha.
Asha is an adorable child but Caroline, homesick and beginning to hate the remote Indian village they live in, struggles with motherhood. Kamal is hardly ever there and she feels more and more isolated. In the grips of severe depression Caroline flees back to America, leaving Asha behind.
Ten years later …
Caroline recovered from her illness, is consumed by thoughts of the daughter she abandoned. Desperate to find Asha, she reunites with Kamal, intent on tracking her down. Will they ever be able to find their lost daughter? If they have any chance, they must confront the painful truths of the past and a terrible secret that has been kept for many years, until now.
What does TWG think?
Personally, this has been quite a difficult book to review and I have spent a lot of time staring at my computer expecting the words to just write themselves.
It was pretty clear from the first chapter that this novel would be moulded around some rather dark and turbulent issues. I’m not going to lie, it took me quite a while to get to grips with the storyline and readjust my mindset to the background information. I did feel as though I was out of my depth reading it as I couldn’t readjust my mindset quick enough to keep up with the storyline. There is a lot of information in each chapter and whilst I found that quite hard, this type of novel needs those stepping stones to keep the depth of the book.
Of course, given the nature of the novel a lot of the situations are pretty difficult and raw to read, yet Sharon Maas has executed the storyline brilliantly. Sharon’s emotive writing shines through the entire novel, keeping the power behind those words fresh in your mind. There was something so raw and poignant about the way Sharon described the maternal instinct and it gave me goosebumps. I wish I could describe the feeling better, but I’m sure you understand what I’m waffling on about!
Even though the overall concept of the book had me extremely shell-shocked and distraught (quite rightly so!), Sharon’s writing stood out for me. I did struggle with the book, I’ll be honest; but that is nothing against the book in general (more so the way that my brain reacted to the harrowing circumstances). I am glad that I didn’t give up on the The Lost Daughter of India, because it opened my eyes to an alternative culture. Plus, I got to witness Sharon Mass’ beautiful writing. Win win really!
Happy publication day Sharon!
Thank you Kim & Netgalley.
The Lost Daughter of India is out to buy now from Amazon.