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
Release DateSep 1st, 2018
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Cultural, India, Contemporary, Asia, Novels, Adult, Business, Amazon

Reviews The Storyteller's Secret

  • Barbara
    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
    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
    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
    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.
  • The Lit Bitch
    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...
  • Jessica
    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.
  • Barbara Hale
    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 ...
  • Harley
    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 ...
  • Lorna Robinson
    Loved this book cried so many times, totally awesome.
  • Jite
    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...
  • Jill
    I didn’t want this book to end! I was totally transported to India in both the present & the past!
  • Stacie
    After suffering from her third miscarriage, Jaya realizes her heart is empty and her marriage is likely over. When her own mother refuses to return to India at the request of her dying father, Jaya wonders if this is the escape she needs. Jaya decides to go and see what is keeping her mother from going back home and maybe by connecting with her heritage she will fill the hole in her heart.Badani, the best-selling author of TRAIL OF BROKEN WINGS, ...
  • Lizzie Wann
    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...
  • Stefanie
    You know those books that just leave your heart and soul satisfied after reading it? Well, The Storyteller’s Secret was one of those books for me.This book was one of my Kindle First picks and I’m so glad I picked this one. Not only did it keep me gripped from beginning to end it left me feeling lighthearted after reading it.The Storyteller’s Secret tells the tale of two women, grandmother and granddaughter, one set back in India when the B...
  • Barbara
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.
  • Pam Prim
    Wonderful story!I enjoyed this book. The author tells the story using stories. It is the tale of a grief stricken woman who is trying to find her way. She does this by going to her mother's home in India. She meets a man who tells her the story of her grandmother and her mother.
  • Britta
    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...
  • John McConnell
    This book is clearly targeted at women, just not intelligent women. The text is plodding and pedestrian. The plot has a few twists but is overall predictable. If I had a nickel for every time a female character "teared up", "held back tears" or "stifled a sob", I'd be rich. Happy endings abound. Can't recommend.
  • Sharmila Devi
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    4.5 stars