The Storyteller’s Secret Book reviews


Author(s): Sejal BadaniDownload  


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, and sounds she experiences, Jaya becomes an eager student of the culture. 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 occupation. Through her courageous grandmother’s arrestingly romantic and heart-wrenching story, Jaya discovers the legacy bequeathed to her and a strength that, until now, she never knew was possible.

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Harley rated it      

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 good fortune 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 it happened.
About a third of the way through the novel, I made the mistake of reading a few of the reviews. One mentioned how the physical details of India were inaccurate. Having never been there, I could not judge for myself, but the review colored my reading of the book. I began to question if the author had ever been there.
Even if the details are not accurate, the emotional power of the story makes it worth reading. If you enjoy love stories, you will enjoy this book.


Alaina rated it     

When I read this synopsis, it kind of reminded me of another book. No that the title or the actual synopsis. Nope just a book mentioned in the synopsis. It’s weird, but I liked it.

In The Storyteller’s Secret you will meet Jaya. Low-key, I liked getting to know this character. She was just so freaking refreshing and likable throughout the entire book. However, before I diveinto an actual review of this book I feel like I should confess something. I only really ever dove into this book because I was trying to show a co-worker how KU works. Lol it’s funny and sad.. but so freaking true.

Anyhoo, Jaya is a character. She’s been through hell. Went through some miscarriages, which definitely fucks with a woman’s mind, but she is still so freaking strong. I loved her character from start to finish.

Overall, I loved this book. I did have some expectations walking into this book and even though it didn’t meet all of them – I still enjoyed it. I would totally dive into another book from this author too.


John rated it      

Jaya has had three miscarriages in one year. Desperate for a child, she retreats into such a deep depression that it causes the separation of her and Patrick. When her mother receives a letter from India that her father, Jaya’s grandfather, is very ill. Her mother tells Jaya that she won’t go because her father forbade her to return to India after she married her husband. Hoping to distance herself from her current situation, Jaya decides to go to India in her mother’s stead. When she arrives, she meets Ravi, an untouchable and her grandmother’s servant and friend who informs her that her grandfather has died. Her grandmother died decades before her grandfather. While in India, Ravi tells Jaya the story of Amisha, her grandmother. Through the telling of her grandmother’s story, can Jaya find healing?

Although I purchased the audiobook for my daughter, she recommended that I also listen to it. Samantha, I am glad that you did encourage me to listen to it! Although I have since purchased the book for my wife, I don’t know how it will compare to the audiobook. The narrator, Siiri Scott, brought the characters: Jaya, Amisha and Ravi to life. Much of the setting for Amisha and Ravi was in pre-India independence. The narrator skillfully portrayed each one’s position in life. The narrator also effectively portrayed the contemporary character of Jaya. I’m not sure if reading the text will be the same but listening to the audiobook will require the listener to keep a box of tissue nearby. Sejal Badani had written a beautiful book of romance and heartbreak and the sustaining power of love. Although this book is considered a woman’s book, the feminine side of the male species might also appreciate this novel’s beauty.


Carole rated it      

Once again I am intrigued by a story set in India. Jaya is heartbroken over her third miscarriage when she gets news that her grandfather has passed. She decides to go find out more about her mother’s family. As she arrives she is greeted by Ravi, her grandmother’s loyal servant. Ravi tells her the story of her grandmother, Amisha’s life. She is married at a young age to a man her parent’s chose for her. She loves words, and is a writer. While the British occupy India, she meets a soldier who asks her to teach at the school. She also learns English as part of the bargain.
I just loved the story and especially the relationship between Amisha and Ravi. I highly recommend this book and for $4.99 on kindle, it’s a deal!

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Amanda Espinoza rated it     

I read this one for my book club.

After Jaya’s has had three miscarriages and her marriage falls apart she travels to her mother’s village in India. Her mother in America doesn’t want her to go to India. When Jaya arrives she meets Ravi who begins to share the story of her family’s legacy.

Told in the style of Kate Morton this novel follows two timelines with a mystery to be solved. I really enjoyed the structure of the parallel timelines and I was able to keep up with what was happening. I loved getting to know more about Indian traditions and culture. The author does a very good job of explaining customs to the reader without sacrificing the story or making the reader feel dumb.

My only qualm with the book was how Jaya’s story felt repetitive. The reader is very clear about how Jaya feels, but it makes sense once you get the end.

This is a quality historical fiction novel and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good story.


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