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review 2016-04-07 18:31
NetGalley Review - A Mother's Secret
A Mother's Secret: A beautiful, heartbreaking novel of love, loss and hidden tragedy - Renita D'Silva

A Mother’s Secret is a rich tapestry of life’s stories, telling the heart-breaking tale of love, loss and loneliness. Despite all the pain, regret and anger, the author still manages to fill the reader with the feeling of hope, and dreams of second chances and new beginnings. Read every beautiful word, watch as each intricate stitch brings this remarkable tapestry together, enabling you to cherish it for years to come.

My heart still aches for this book. For the sensational world I have been a part of for the last few days. For the wonderful strong women who became my companions. I shed a tear for those women, not only for the hardships they went through, but for what I went through with them. They are all a part of me now, having shared their grief, pain, anger, love, secrets and ambitions.

I’m a sensitive soul, at one with nature. I don’t just see things. I need to touch and smell them. Sometimes these senses can be lost in a book, but Renita D’Silva has a magical way of bringing everything to life. I don’t just see the words she has written. I feel them, smell them, and taste them. At one point in the book, I even sneezed, due to sniffing too many spices. I love using as many senses to experience things. That's why I find this descriptive writing style so wonderfully beautiful.

If anyone asks me whether I have been to India, I can answer “Yes, I have. In the beautifully descriptive books written by talented author, Renita D’Silva.” Should I ever have the fortune of visiting India one day, I truly believe I will have the sensation of having been there before, thanks to this author’s books. Perhaps I will stumble across my very own ruin of a mansion, full of heartbreak and hope.

Reading a book by Renita D’Silva is a whole physical experience. I hope that anyone who chooses to read this will take their time and make the most of the colourful world that is truly brought to life within these pages. Take in your surroundings and allow yourself to be wholeheartedly absorbed by this beautiful book.

I haven’t said a lot about the plot of this story, as I want you to experience it in the way I did, not knowing how the story was going to progress, wishing for some things, surprised by others. I felt love for many of the characters. I also felt frustration and sadness at the blame, bitterness and self-destruction of the characters. This story really did take me through all possible emotions. I hope your journey through this book is as intense and memorable as mine.

Below are a few of my favourite quotes that give you an idea of Renita D’Silva’s beautiful and imaginative writing style:

“Durga blinks, seeing a cluster of cottages mushrooming from pebble-peppered earth, flanked by velvet fields, and, glowering from the top of the only hill, an old ruin.”

“We taste the darkness, inky and flavoured with shadows, spiced with intrigue.”

“The crows scatter in a demonic cackle, a constellation of black-winged foreboding, upsetting the grazing cows, setting the dogs howling.”

“I open my mouth to the heavens, sampling the fruit-scented, hope flavoured drops and laugh, for the first time since that day when my world shattered.”

Finally, before reading this book, I never thought I’d have a visual image for “bible-wielding shadows”, but I now do. It made me smile.

I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy emotionally heart-breaking, yet also heart-warming tales of the struggles life puts the human soul through, and full of characters that are so well developed and believable they come to life before you.

I would like to thank the publisher, Bookouture for allowing me a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1597345863
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review 2014-09-21 21:48
Where She Went - Gayle Forman


  Where She Went was the sequel to If I Stay. I really liked the first book, and was pleasantly surprised with this second book! It had been some time since I had read If I Stay so it did take me a little bit to get right back into the story. Especially with Where She Went picking up years ahead of where we last saw these characters, and in much different circumstances.


  I love that this was told from Adam's point of view. His heartache, even years later, was so apparent and truly ruled his life. I was shocked by this. It was not at all what I had hoped for a young Mia and Adam. It seems that he took that tortured promise he made Mia back in the hospital in If I Stay to heart.


  "If you stay, I'll do whatever you want. I'll quit the band, go with you to New York. But if you need me to go away, I'll do that, too. Maybe coming back to your old life would just be too painful, maybe it'd be easier for you to erase us. And that would suck, but I'd do it. I can lose you like that if I don't lose you today. I'll let you go. If you stay."


Well, at least in a physical sense. Emotionally I don't know if it would have even been possible for him to do so. It was so hard to see how Adam had become, and what had ultimately lead him there.



  I was grateful for the jumps between past and present. It quickly assimilated me fully into the continuation of a story I hadn't read in some time. It also enlightened me to how Mia and Adam came to be estranged and were on the paths they were. It was perfectly done.


   I was absolutely in LOVE with the lyrics from Collateral Damage at the beginning of most chapters. It gave such insight to just how Adam was feeling after all he'd been through, and in such a beautiful way. I couldn't even imagine being Mia, out there in the world, hearing these heart-wrenching songs and knowing that it was all about her, or because of her.


   I don't want to say much more about this book because I truly feel that it was so emotional that I just wouldn't even be doing it justice. It was a beautiful ending to an emotion filled journey. I am glad to have read it, and only wish that I would have read it closer to reading the first book so I could have experienced the effect of them both together fully.


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