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, Novels, Business, Amazon, Family, Asia

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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Lori T Ushio
    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
    I really enjoyed this book.
  • Delores
    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
    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. 💛📚
  • Sherie
    AmazingThis book touched every part of my heart. I would definitely recommend it to anyone trying to find a way to heal.
  • Michelle
    I read and enjoyed Badani’s first novel, A Trail of Broken Wings, so when this one came to me I was excited to read it. It did not disappoint. It is a little slow to start but it serves the purpose of really developing the main characters. There is a beautiful message of love and family that was very heartwarming!
  • Karla
    I got this as an Amazon Kindle first. It was a perfect summer read. It was engaging and a very quick read. There was only one thing which I found a bit annoying. The constant inner dialogue of Jaya and her miscarriages. I don't need to be reminded EVERYTIME Jaya begins to narrate that she's had multiple miscarriages and she's still grieving for it, because of that I found the chapters on Amisha much more enjoyable. I especially liked Amisha has a...
  • Meagan
    "The Storyeller's Secret" is a captivating novel spanning across the ocean from America to India, full of love, loss, freedom and heartbreak. Not being familiar with India, this thought provoking novel prompted me to research as much about Indian and Hindu culture as I could, soaking in the contrast between America and India, Amisha and Jaya. The lessons learned exceed far beyond the covers of this novel: appreciation for freedom, appreciation fo...
  • Sparrowapril
    She told stories all the time but they were short and trite. She made up stories to illustrate her point but they weren't true. They were fantasies yet she presented them as true, she failed to present them as an ideal, as hope for the future. I was really looking forward to the storytelling and found it to be so shallow. The main story is told by another and it drags on forever. Rather than actually relaying the story flash back to Amisha's life...
  • Jenny
    This was my pick for August's installment of First Reads through Amazon Prime. I thought it was time for a good story and I was very pleased!!! I liked the synopsis of the book and was immediately drawn in. I enjoyed that there were sections of the book from Amisha's point of view and also Jaya's. Just when I was wondering what either of those characters was going to chime in next, there it was. I was turning pages and turning pages, in fact, I e...
  • Amy
    Wow. Absolutely phenomenal book - hands down the best book I've read in 2018 and is definitely in my top 5 of all time for fiction. I was hooked by the end of the 1st chapter. Beautifully written. Characters developed very well. I got lost in this book and at times felt I was actually watching the story unfold in person in India. This book will stick with me for a very long time. My heart ached during and after reading it - but in a good way as i...
  • Herman Morgan III
    A Tale of three lives, heartbreaking and inspirational at once.With my usual eclectic reading diet of historically based fiction, special forces, and espionage novels, mixed with some westerns and detective books, I seldom read best-sellers, editor's picks, etc.I chose this one from a list of six Amazon Prime freebies, and I'm so glad I did !As any good book must, this one drew me in within the first few pages. Though the principle character is a...
  • Janet
    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.But it is Ravi—her grandmother’s former servant and trusted confidant—who reveals the resilience, struggles, secret love, and tragic fall of Jaya’s pioneering grandmother during the British o...
  • Peg
    Wow, what an extraordinary novel! I loved every page of this magnificently crafted, heartwrenching, touching story. I read the book in one day because I didn’t want to put it down, not even for a moment. I was utterly engrossed in this novel. The author transported me to India and into the hearts and minds of Amisha, Jaya, Lena, and Ravi. I empathized with the characters, learned their culture, and had my heart broken a few times. I agonized an...
  • Alexia Gutierrez
    SO. GOOD! This books was even better than I thought it would be. It is heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. It's such a wonderful story about friendship and love. It is so well written. The story didn't have the typical happy ending, but it was a very satisfying and positive ending. The story flips between the past of the grandmother's story and present with the granddaughter's story. The story is revealed so perfectly. I think the be...
  • Diane D White
    GratitudeThere so much good to say in even a short review of this wonderful book. To an American woman in the 21st century, it's educational, even revelatory. Like Jaya herself, I take largely for granted my freedom to achieve and be whom I desire to be. This story teaches me what Jaya learned: my freedoms as a woman are not available to millions of other women on this Earth. I show gratitude best by honoring the blessing of receiving so many opp...
  • Ieva
    Thought-provoking and involving.The plot of this story was predictable in the sense that one could tell where it was likely to lead as one learned more of the lives of the characters in it. Somehow this didn't seem to matter, in fact it seemed to confirm the authenticity of the story. Yes, it was a bit far-fetched and yes even almost melodramatic but the sense of place felt very real to someone who has never considered visiting India, let alone b...
  • Amber Plant
    4 1/2 stars. I couldn't get enough of this book! I got this book free as an Amazon prime free preview which I had never taken advantage of before. I'm so glad I grabbed this one! It basically is about three generations of women - two from India, the third was born in America but goes to India to learn more about her mom and run away from her life falling apart. The characters in this book were fantastic. Amisha and Jaya were so realistic - I laug...
  • Diane
    Very engaging, a moving, enlightening book that takes place in India during the English occupation before India gained its independence. It explores the life of the main character's grandmother, Ameisha, from her arranged marriage through her life during those times, when women had little to no say in the course of their lives. Ameisha loves to write stories. She gets permission from her husband to teach the children in the local school, and in r...
  • Maureen
    Circle of lifeSuch a story, told with grace and even humor, of the hearts that entwined in deep friendship to create the narrative of their lives. The characters overlap in the telling, but not in confusion. Rather, the overlap tells the reader how the thread of each life is picked up and continued to the next beginning. Amisha, Ravi, and Jaya are the foundation of the story, but the telling must have the others to make sense, to make up for the ...