The Storyteller's Secret by Sejal Badani

The Storyteller's Secret

From the bestselling author of Trail of Broken Wings comes an epic story of the unrelenting force of love, the power of healing, and the invincible desire to dream. 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,...


Details The Storyteller's Secret

TitleThe Storyteller's Secret
ISBN9781542048279
Author
Release DateSep 1st, 2018
PublisherLake Union Publishing
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Cultural, India
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Reviews The Storyteller's Secret

  • Barbara
    2018-08-04
    This was my choice for this month's free Amazon prime book and I was very disappointed. If you know nothing about India or Indian culture and you don't mind a very predictable book with few twists or turns, then I'm sure it's an acceptable novel. If you do know even the basics about India then you'll soon spot it's a bit of a mess.Jaya lives in America and decides to take a trip to India after suffering her third miscarriage and the breakdown of ...
  • Bette Crosby
    2018-08-16
    Absolutely awesome book. I started reading and did not stop until the very last page. Great story, beautifully told. The culture, the setting, the pace, and the emotions were perfectly on target. 5+ Stars for me.
  • Betsy Renzetti
    2018-08-04
    This is the book of the summer for me. I felt like i was right there in India with Jaya. I had to read this book in one day. Now i have to find a book that comes up to its excellence. Wonderful story, written sooooo well.
  • Sandi Mooney
    2018-08-09
    This one came up as an August Prime First Reads. I recognized the author, I loved her first book, Trail of Broken Wings so I jumped on it immediately. Read it over just a couple days and loved this one too. A story of 3 women, grandmother, daughter and granddaughter, all facing different obstacles. It drew me in and I could hardly put it down.
  • Jessica
    2018-09-11
    3.5 starsI really enjoyed this book up until the last 10%, when it just got too cheesy and predictable and happy-endingy for me.
  • The Lit Bitch
    2018-09-16
    4.5 stars One of the things that caught my eye with this book was the beautiful cover. I love the white flower against the red backdrop and the little gold/yellow details and accents.I also loved that this book was set in India. There is something about India that seems so beautiful and exotic and I just loved that this book was going to incorporate that rich culture.The summary sounded interesting but it was really the promise of something new a...
  • Barbara Hale
    2018-08-27
    4.5 stars. Jaya is a young American born journalist of Indian descent. She is in the midst of an emotional crisis in her life and marriage after experiencing three miscarriages. When her mother receives word that Jaya's grandfather is dying in India, Jaya decides to go to India to meet a grandfather she has never met. Jaya's mother has always been emotionally distant and unavailable, so Jaya goes to India in part to learn more about her mother's ...
  • Jill
    2018-09-05
    I didn’t want this book to end! I was totally transported to India in both the present & the past!
  • Lizzie Wann
    2018-09-03
    Books that make me cry copious tears usually earn high marks. This book was one of Amazon's free reads if I remember correctly, and in many cases, they are books that are not spectacular. But this one was quite good.It begins with the story of Jaya, who has suffered another miscarriage. In her grief, she drifts away from her husband. She is not close to her mother so she feels very lonely. She learns that her grandfather in India, someone she kno...
  • Jite
    2018-09-02
    Three and a half stars!!!This is one of those books that grabs you and won’t let you go till you finish it. I started reading it less than 24 hours ago and it has put me through the wringer. It is a highly emotional read. If you’re given to tears, you will cry, if you’ve been through miscarriage, it may be a bit of a trigger so beware, but overall it’s a beautiful story of love and hope and self realization.I rate this somewhere in betwee...
  • Harley
    2018-09-13
    Rarely do we ever know the stories of our parents lives and understand what events made them who they became. And we almost never learn much about the lives of our grandparents. Jaya, the main character in this novel, has the fortunate to learn the crucial stories of both her mother and grandmother. This is an emotionally powerful novel and will touch people's hearts.I did find the action to be very predictable. I guessed a key event long before ...
  • Barbara
    2018-08-31
    The Storyteller’s Secret is another wonderful Amazon Prime First Read book for Kindle. I never would have discovered it otherwise. I loved the cultural contrast between Jaya, a New York journalist, and her grandmother, Amisha, who lived in India in the early 1900s. Bandani very accurately portrayed the life and struggles of women in India during that time. She also showed how those struggles influenced the lives of Jaya and her mother in Americ...
  • Anastasia Thompson
    2018-08-09
    Fantastic read! I don’t even know how to put into words all of the feelings this book gave me. It made me happy and joyful, but then sad and heartbroken. The characters are deeply written and as a reader, I cared for them and the struggles that they faced. There are many stories weaved into one, but the two main stories are about Jaya, a woman who has been broken by miscarriages when all she desires is a child and about Amisha, her grandmother ...
  • Sarah Benson
    2018-09-12
    This was a free monthly Amazon First book, which I've had mostly terrible luck with. I almost put it down when the first few chapters revolved around Jaya's misery surrounding miscarriages. But so glad I stuck with it-- the plot ends up being mostly centered on Jaya's grandmother, and was vibrant and engaging. I've read some (probably fair) criticism that a lot of the descriptions of things happening in India didn't ring true to people who are fa...
  • Falguni Kothari
    2018-09-14
    When words fall like warm rain, soak right through your skin and touch your heart. I felt it all: Jaya's sorrow, Patrick's betrayal, Amisha's helpless exasperation, Ravi's strength and honor, Stephen's goodness...every character was multidimensional and sp worth getting to know intimately. Amazing book.
  • Lisa Swanson
    2018-08-27
    Wonderfully toldThis is a beautifully written story of redemption. A bit predictable but the story keeps pulling you back in. Badani introduces the reader to the Indian culture in a patient, almost elementary way. My heart aches for more but honestly any more would have ruined it. Would love to see this go to film as is. I could see all of it in my mind.
  • Britta
    2018-08-14
    Amazon pick of the month for August. By the end I was honestly getting tired of it, but I left it at 3 stars. In the beginning it was quite engaging, but soon it got a bit too...analytical of the characters? Jaya apparently never shared her emotions (and yet once she started blogging it was an emotional dump). (I really didn't care for her blog posts. I felt they were superfluous, stating things the story had already shown us.) The stories of Ami...
  • Sharmila Devi
    2018-09-02
    This was one of the interesting books I have read. Portraying the status of Indian women & culture during the British era, this book depicts bold characterization. But certain illogical situations do arise which is y the 4 star rating. But overall a good read.
  • Carolyn
    2018-09-12
    Well-crafted story of a young woman of Indian descent who feels lost by circumstances and goes to India to try and find answers to her heritage, as her emotionally distant mother refuses to discuss her upbringing. One of the best books I have read this year.
  • Roxanne
    2018-09-06
    What a beautiful story of Indian and American culture, of love, Family, tragedy and sacrifice. While certain parts of the plot were predictable, the story as a whole was a thrill and moved me with emotion.
  • Samantha
    2018-09-17
    The character's felt real and I could imagine myself hearing the true story of someone's life. I laughed and cried and just couldn't put it down. At the end I feel my heart is bursting with emotion. Such a moving and heart felt story.
  • Karen McKee
    2018-08-12
    Excellent bookDespite figuring out the secret very early in the book, I didn't want would it down. This is a wonderful story of how we as humans can get things so very wrong and still have them turn out exactly right. It is beautifully written.
  • Galia
    2018-09-09
    4.5 stars
  • Sandy
    2018-09-05
    I really enjoyed the story and recommend reading this book. I figured out the secret early but it didn’t matter.
  • Lori T Ushio
    2018-08-23
    One of the best books I've ever read.I hope it is for you as as . This story will stay with you for life. In a very beneficial way.
  • Melissa
    2018-08-19
    I really enjoyed this book.
  • Delores
    2018-08-10
    Beautiful tale of a love, loss, & family secretsA very engaging intergenerational story - secrets kept & later revealed. Complex relationships between mothers & daughters, of duty & devotion, of the ways that relationships can be healed. Beautifully written.
  • Molly
    2018-08-08
    So good. What will I do now? This is one of those books that I didn’t want to end. I felt like I was friends with the characters. I felt their joy and pain. 💛📚
  • Amy
    2018-09-06
    A good readI was kept entertained and enjoyed the book. I liked the writing style and I found it hard to put the book down.