The Storyteller's Secret: A Novel by Sejal Badani

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.

Synopsis - 

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.

Review - 

I had not heard of this author before, so was intrigued to pick up a copy of her second book and dive in.  After reading it, all I can say is wow and that I really need to pick up a copy of her first book to read.

The author's skill is evident.  This plot includes love, sorrow, a deep look into relationships, the past, the present, history, culture and more.  Reading this novel was like watching the image slowly emerge as you work on a jigsaw puzzle. Piece after piece is added at just the right time to the storyline while moving seamlessly between the distant past and the present. It takes great skill to tell a story in two different eras, mixing a bit of each in at just the right time to move the plot forward. Well done.

The characters are strong and as their stories were gradually revealed, they came alive. I could see them in my mind's eye and feel their emotions. The same for the settings.  This is one of those books that once I began, I found myself totally immersed. The world around me disappeared and I lost track of time.  I consumed it in short order.

This a great read and I can't wait to dive into the author's other book.  I also look forward to reading more of her work in the future. Well done. 

Meet the Author - 

Fab author interview HERE! 

A former attorney, Sejal Badani left the law to pursue writing full time. She is an Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Goodreads Fiction Award Finalist and ABC/DISNEY Writing Fellowship Finalist.

When not writing, she loves reading and traveling. Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce, and Ed Sheeran are always playing in the background. She welcomes speaking to book clubs via Skype.

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  1. Hi Marilyn, Thank you so much for reading the book and your kind review. I am so glad you enjoyed the book. I look forward to sharing this review on my social media sites.
    Take care and all my best, Sejal


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