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,...


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

  • Betsy Renzetti
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Barbara
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Sandi Mooney
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Molly
    1970-01-01
    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. 💛📚
  • Anastasia Thompson
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Diane D White
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Melissa Gibbon
    1970-01-01
    A beautiful novel of self discovery.This novel is different from the ones I usually read. I am so glad I read this story. I couldn't put it down. If you enjoy stories that incorporate other cultures, you will wholeheartedly love this novel. After struggling with her own losses, Jaya travels to India to meet a dying grandfather she never knew. When arriving after his death, she spends time with Javi, a servant that was befriended by her late grand...
  • Karla
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Patricia
    1970-01-01
    Storytelling at Its Best! By Pat PressThis book is a gift for all who love good narratives. There are heroes and villains, sad struggles , sweet victories, luscious descriptions, and quiet, deep friendships. The author carries you on a faithful journey into lost generations of an Indian family to explain and validate the present lives of her characters. On top of all that storytelling expertise, there are life lessons, carefully inserted, to enha...
  • Erika
    1970-01-01
    So many kinds of loveAt first the characters didn't make me love them. Now I can't pick a favorite. The story drew me in in ways I didn't expect. I won't summarize, as I don't like those. If you want to lose yourself in a beautiful story, The Storyteller's Secret will satisfy. Sejal Badani fills the book with so many kinds of love - love of home, love of tradition and culture, love of family, romantic love, forbidden love, and the true appreciati...
  • Patricia
    1970-01-01
    A tale of love, loss, duty, and survival as Amisha's secrets are revealed to her granddaughter Jaya by the family servant, Ravi. As the story unfolds Jaya sees that women in British ruled India had very few options as they navigated through life. Amisha's choices impacted her daughter Lena (Jaya's mother) as a child and an adult.There is anti-British sentiment but two of Amisha's sons moved to England and one to Australia (a Commonwealth member)....
  • Jill Urie
    1970-01-01
    I enjoyed this. Was it perfect? No. Was it perfectly accurate? No. A little predictable? Yup. Did I guess early on what the 'Storyteller's secret' was? Yep. But, despite all that, I enjoyed this book. I was sucked in. I was gripped by Ravi's tale of Amisha and their friendship. I found it very compelling. And man, did it make me grateful for the day and time I live in. I will admit that Jaya's sections we're not as interesting to me and I tended ...
  • Penny
    1970-01-01
    Encompassing several generations of tradition, changing cultures and history, the characters are well drawn so we can see their lives through their eyes. Touching deeply on the heartbreak of infertility, the heartbreak of growing up in a loveless home, the heartbreak of having no good choices, and the heartbreak of living with the results of decisions made, this story pulls you in and doesn't let you go until the last word on the last page. Buy i...
  • Victoria Robinson
    1970-01-01
    Better than expectedNot something I would normally read, picked from the first reads from amazon. I was pleasantly surprised it's full of culture, emotions and joy. The characters were fleshed out well and likeable. I also liked the fact that when flipping between time zones and stories, it wasn't chapter to chapter but a lump of chapters before moving on. I felt this really allowed me to stay on track with the book and not get confused. Overall ...
  • Linda F. Inouye
    1970-01-01
    A Really Good Read!!I found this book totally engrossing. I learned a bit more of India and felt Jaya's pain for her miscarriages and her inability to share her pain with her husband. I understood her confusion about her mother. Her behavior was a learned reaction to her upbringing. She finally got to understand her mother. It's almost midnight here and I'm glad I finally got to finish the book. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
  • Shunthea North
    1970-01-01
    Excellent story!!!This story truly pulled at my heartstrings! I could not put this book down once I started reading it. It is a story of love, arranged marriages, a caste system that divides a nation, yet it shows how the acts of one woman defies this caste system as she chose to follow her heart. However, she chose to remain in an arranged marriage for the sake of her children, denying herself the love she desired to keep her family together.
  • Mary Payne
    1970-01-01
    The Storytellers secretThis is the most amazing story I have read in some time. The characters from both the past and the future bring the reader into their very presence. It also reveals a way of life at the time of the Raj from the eyes of the Indian people. The final chapters had me weeping with both sadness and joy.
  • DeEdra
    1970-01-01
    This was a page Turner. It had me hooked after a few pages, trying to figure out what the secret was. It was a great novel of a woman who was dealing with loss of miscarriages and not understanding her own mother and the disconnect she has always had with her. She learns about her mother's mother and the culture of her past.
  • Dianne Garber
    1970-01-01
    Finding rootsThis is one of my favorite books of the year! Jaya travels to India after 3 miscarriages and a possible divorce. She meets Ravi who tells her stories of her grandmother Amisha and through the stories and her stay in India she begins to know herself and her own mother.
  • Barbara Bingham
    1970-01-01
    I read it in a day!As I finish reading, I wonder how many untold lives have been wasted and ruined needlessly, trying to fit into "man-made" silly and destructive "traditions"? Wonderfully written with many surprises on pages to follow, it was difficult to put it down. Thank you, Sejal Badani! Highly recommended!
  • Melissa Burton
    1970-01-01
    Beautiful and descriptive!I enjoyed this book. I loved the emotion conveyed through each character. I loved learning about India and their customs. I was in tears at different points in the book. Her writing really gets to your soul and transforms you to the place in the book! Absolutely recommend!!
  • Gail A.
    1970-01-01
    This book is brilliant and heart wrenching. A story of the prison of religion and culture, of family, hope, friendship, love and forgiveness. The journey to India Jaya bravely embarks upon in search of her heritage and secrets hiding in the fabric of lives never known is powerful and life-giving., A must read for any one searching for truth.
  • Lanie
    1970-01-01
    THIS BOOK IS WORTH 10 ⭐ I read a lot of books but I don’t know the last time I was so moved by a family tale. Following Jaya from her heartbreak in New York to learning her family’s history in India was so moving and enlightening. Please read The Storyteller’s Secret. This is an author who knows how to weave a tale. THIS BOOK IS WORTH 10 ⭐️ I read a lot of books but I don’t know the last time I was so moved by a family tale. Follo...
  • Mary Ann
    1970-01-01
    Fantastic!I couldn't put it down! The immersion into the character's lives and India was subtle and powerful. Thank you to Sejal Badani for a beautifully crafted story. I'll be thinking about this book for some time. Also , I'll recommend this and her first novel to others.
  • Sandra Bufton
    1970-01-01
    An uplifting storyI chose this story because I love stories about India. This story is a eye opener to make us grateful for the lives we live and what we have. It's a heartfelt story of love it's a must read. It's happy and sad but it makes you think. I loved it and read it in one sitting. It's a beautiful story.
  • Kyla Magar
    1970-01-01
    Well-worth the readAgainst a backdrop of clashing yet mingling cultures, a story is revealed. Love, pain, joy, despair, betrayal, understanding, sacrifice. So much life in one story. So much s revealed about the characters' lives and, therefore, so much to measure against your own. You will not regret this one.
  • Laura E Pistey
    1970-01-01
    A must readIf you enjoy stories that speak to relationships, you will love this book. The story transports you into family life with emotional ups and downs. It is enriched with cultural traditions and taboos that help the reader to comprehend the time period. Enjoy this fabulous book.
  • J&S Rosten
    1970-01-01
    Poignant, powerful storyAlaska's sorry unfolds bridging 3 generations of women together across continents. It is a journey, a destination, and a path through pain. The author skillfully paints the characters and settings until I feel I have walked the journey with this family and have become a different person in the process