Author: Emlyhn Chand
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Genre: Literary fiction/ woman's fiction
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Source: Review copy
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From her cheating boyfriend to her dead father and cold, judgmental mother, Daly knows she can’t trust others to be there when it counts. This cynicism begins to melt away when she meets Kashi, a light-hearted charmer from India, who decides he cares too much to let her fade into the background of her own life. After a series of false starts, their quirky romance carries them to India, where Daly must win the approval of Kashi’s family in order to seal their “forever.”Meanwhile, Laine struggles to cope with thepain of early widowhood, fleeting into the pages of her well-worn library and emerging only to perform her duties as a social worker at the crisis pregnancy center. Althought her daughter wants nothing more than to work as an artist, Laine doesn't know to redirect Daly to a more suitable profession without further damagig their tenous relationship....Can Laine look past her pain to learn from an unlikely mentor? Has Daly finally found someone whom she can trust? Will the women recognize their common bonds before the relationship is broken beyond repair?
Loss of a person you love can leave one devastated, some overcome those disaster becoming strong for good, while some shut them up in a shell ,away from others help and reach there by inviting more suffering to oneself..Torn together is a beautiful example of people coping up with loss, giving in to catastrophe of destiny and life and overcoming them....
Emlyn's strength is in making the character very real..Emlyn paints sharp contrasts of attitude through characters, Liane absorbs into her shell , shooing away her daughter becoming stranger ...Loss of Oliver brought different strokes in his family, Daly chose her art- painting to get away from it, while for Liane his wife it was books and charity center...But none face it but letting the pain eat them up...There are few tale that stays on even after reading this one is a sweet one with lot of depth and life into it..
Daly is an aspiring artist with a real talent in painting, pencil sketch while her mother Liane has plans of getting into some professional course, real thing she calls it...Torn apart from her mother after her fathers death , mother and daughter share a chemistry that of strangers, they avoid everything in their hands to be with each other, only if they knew that it takes two people to make a relation, they would have been in a better swing altogether...A cheating boy friend caught red hand only makes Daly's life worse...Meghann a pregnent teenager enters the life of these women showing Daly and Liane how to cope with adversity with dignity and faith...When Akash Malhotra, Kashi a handsome , charming young man becomes Daly's soulmate in a short span , Daly learns to live life in moments of life... Kashi tells Dally that life goes on no matter what, and ironically Dally is faced with that twist of fate but this time she knows how to handle it without being hard on her..
When Kashi and Daly are the focus of the plot it is warm to read them, be it an unlikely romantic place such as Zoo or finding Dally's space in Kashi's family...Kashi brings the best in her making her see the good part of life in spite of the grey..Liane who reaches out to other girls in the center helping them to overcome their trouble fails to reach out to her own daughter, yet she stands by her daughter when she needs her by the closing of the novel...Kashi's family in India and their reciprocation to Daly showed beautuful example to highlight the contrast of culture and tradition... Emlyn amazingly accompanies nature draw parallel to human mood brightening the horizon like a warm mid spring day...Rage, disappointment, hatred are part of human emotions yet if we can have a grip over i,t they would help us to be a better person..This book is a wonderful read for anyone who loves to read..Just sit back and relax...
Book 22 for SAC
Emlyn Chand emerged from the womb with a fountain pen clutched in her left hand(true story)..When she's not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm Novel Publicity...Best known for her YA novels, she is also developing a small but devoted, following to her children's book series and is beginning to dapple in other genres as well...Emlyn enjoys conecting with readers and is available via almost every social media site in exixtence. Visit EmlynChand.com for more info.Don't forget to say hi to her son Conure Ducky!!!!