How much would you sacrifice to save your family?
1929. When a passionate love affair threatens to leave Lucy in disgrace, she chooses a respectable marriage over a life of shame. With her husband, coffee plantation owner James, she travels to her new home in India, leaving her troubled past behind her.
Everything in India is new to Lucy, from the jewel-coloured fabrics to the exotic spices. When her path crosses that of Gowri, a young woman who tends the temple on the plantation’s edge, Lucy is curious to find out more about her, and the events that lead her to live in isolation from her family…
Now. With her career in shatters and her heart broken by the man she thought was her future, Kayva flees from bustling Mumbai to her hometown. A crumbling temple has been discovered in a village nearby, and with it letters detailing its tragic history – desperate pleas from a young woman called Gowri.
As Kavya learns of Gowri and Lucy’s painful story, she begins to understand the terrible sacrifices that were made and the decision the two women took that changed their lives forever. Can the secrets of the past help Kavya to rebuild her life?
What does TWG think?
What I love most about Renita D’Silva’s novels is how she is able to pick the reader up from wherever they are reading, place them gently in another country as part of the storyline; making them feel as though they are witnessing every thing with their own eyes.
In ‘A Daughter’s Courage’, we are transported to 1929 India where the cultural differences shine brighter than ever before, and the main character finds herself feeling lonely than ever before. However, due to her own actions, she has to figure out how to fix the mess that she is now in.
As well as being set in 1929, ‘A Daughter’s Courage’ is also set in the present day with brand new characters, and the storyline switches between the past and present.
In all honesty, I struggled to keep up with everything that was happening in the book. So many characters with such heartbreaking lives, in situations out of their control (well, some of), switching between two different time periods, as well as including history and religion. I found it hard to keep up. Now, I’m holding my hands up and saying that it was down to me and not the authors work. I was really frustrated with myself, even though I was able to follow the majority of the story, but still.
Saying that, the way in which Renita D’Silva has written the overall storyline was enough to keep my hooked. The authors writing is so detailed and beautifully executed, whether I was able to keep up with all of the events didn’t seem to matter too much as I was under D’Silva’s literary spell.
‘A Daughter’s Courage’ hones in on the differences between various cultures and their religions, and how they can affect an individuals day to day life, as well as their futures.
Renita D’Silva has written such a powerful, emotive, and colourful tale which speaks straight to your heart. With a deep and meaningful story, A Daughter’s Courage will forever be etched in your memory due to the outstanding and beautiful delivery by author, Renita D’Silva.
About the author
Renita grew up in a picturesque coastal village in the South of India, the oldest of three children. Her father got her first story books when she was six and she fell in love with the world of stories. Even now she prefers that world, by far, to this.