The Storyteller's Secret

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...

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Title:The Storyteller's Secret
Author:Sejal Badani
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Edition Language:English

The Storyteller's Secret Reviews

  • Betsy Renzetti

    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.

  • Sandi Mooney

    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.

  • Bette Crosby

    Absolutely awesome book. I started reading and did not stop until the very last page. Great story, beautifully told. The culture, the setting, the pace, and the emotions were perfectly on target. 5+ Stars for me.

  • Stefanie

    You know those books that just leave your heart and soul satisfied after reading it? Well, The Storyteller’s Secret was one of those books for me.

    This book was one of my Kindle First picks and I’m so glad I picked this one. Not only did it keep me gripped from beginning to end it left me feeling lighthearted after reading it.

    The Storyteller’s Secret tells the tale of two women, grandmother and granddaughter, one set back in India when the British were ruling and one set in modern day time.

    Jaya,

    You know those books that just leave your heart and soul satisfied after reading it? Well, The Storyteller’s Secret was one of those books for me.

    This book was one of my Kindle First picks and I’m so glad I picked this one. Not only did it keep me gripped from beginning to end it left me feeling lighthearted after reading it.

    The Storyteller’s Secret tells the tale of two women, grandmother and granddaughter, one set back in India when the British were ruling and one set in modern day time.

    Jaya, the granddaughter, is in India trying to learn about her past and where she came from after suffering her third miscarriage and not knowing how to survive life at this point.

    Amisha, the grandmother, is in the midst of India’s ruling under the British during WWII and is desperate to escape the world she lives in. A world where women are only good for childbearing and running a household. No freedoms, no real life. It’s the culture, but Amisha wants to be free from it all.

    The Storyteller’s Secret shares Amisha’s heart wrenching story through the voice of Ravi, her dearest friend. Jaya listens intently and throughout the story comes to find herself.

    This book was special. Truly special. I highly recommend it!

  • Harley

    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 th

    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.

  • Susan

    I love reading books about India and thought this would be a winner but unfortunately it was too predictable and I figured out early on how it was going to end.

    Thank you Lake Union Publishing and Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Princess under cover

    What I loved about the book:

    * The details about India, the caste system and the place of women, the beauty of Amisha and Stephen's love story

    * The writing was good, though there were typos throughout that makes me feel it could have used a better, mo

    What I loved about the book:

    * The details about India, the caste system and the place of women, the beauty of Amisha and Stephen's love story

    * The writing was good, though there were typos throughout that makes me feel it could have used a better, more thorough editor

    * The morals of the story, of strength and weakness and different kinds of love, choices, regrets...

    * I did like that there was at least a happy ending for Jaya and Patrick. I would have given this 1 star if that were not the case

    What I REALLY didn't love:

    * Stephen got a raw deal!!! He went back for his love TWICE! He never got to see his daughter!! He never got to know her even after he had to accept that he couldn't have Amisha!!! And maybe this is realism, but he died shortly after her. She died young herself, and she'd starved herself for THREE DAYS so the gods could guarantee that Stephen could live a long life! And he died shortly after her without ever knowing about their daughter or seeing her or potentially LIVING and LOVING her! Not nice at all. I don't think I can forgive the storyteller for making that decision for Amisha AND Stephen. Extremely upset at this part of the story. The Amisha torture stuff at the end, OK, whatever, dark ages and outdated beliefs and all that... but what about Stephen!!! Just NOT fair at all. And look at the effect on Lena, poor woman, how she was hated all her life by her stepmother, and a father who couldn't love her because he KNEW she wasn't his. I mean It wasn't just Stephen's life Ravi ruined he really caused lasting damage to Lena too (tho she married well and has a good life, she's SCARRED forever!)

    This is pretty much why I can't give it a higher score. Just can't. I know the focus wasn't on Stephen or even Lena, but damn! I felt like the damage done to them wasn't fully addressed. And this was Jaya's REAL grandfather, whom she never met, whose family she never met. Book could have had something in there about finding the other half of her family tree, but it was totally ignored.

    So I better stop writing this spoiler filled review before I rip another star off in my pissed off state.

  • Barbara

    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 her marriage. She's responding to a letter her mot

    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 her marriage. She's responding to a letter her mother received from Jaya's grandfather asking her to return to India and learn something about his wife. If Jaya's mother won't go - and she clearly won't - then Jaya figures a bit of India might be just what she needs. By the time Jaya arrives, her grandfather has gone and she's left with her grandmother's friend and servant, Ravi, to tell her about the past.

    Nothing about this book rings true. My irritation started with Jaya arriving at an airport whose description is completely unrealistic. You don't find beggars INSIDE an Indian airport (it's not a railway station) and they don't call an NRI woman 'memsahib'. She takes a 'rickshaw' for 45 minutes - even assuming she means an autorickshaw or tuk tuk, most airports don't allow them to pick up. She looks out of the 'open window' - despite autorickshaws and cycle rickshaws having no windows. She comments about scarves that would cost hundreds of dollars in the USA costing '5 rupees'. It's all just fantasy. I can't help but wonder if she has even been to India. I think this is set in the late 1980s or 1990s because nobody has a mobile phone - yet Jaya is supposed to be writing a blog. Blogs didn't exist at that time. If it's supposed to be a current day story, then Jaya logically would too old to be going through all her miscarriages. It's all very inconsistent.

    That's all just in the first few chapters. The errors in the grandmother's story are even more extreme. Her grandmother is supposed to be a simple girl who only had a few years of schooling in Hindi but she speaks English with a bizarre eloquence despite not being able to write or read a word of the language. She invites an untouchable into her in-laws' house and nobody makes a particularly big deal about it. She spends hours alone and unchaperoned with a British soldier and again, nobody makes a big deal about it. The whole thing is fine if you don't care that it's totally unfeasible.

    Did I mention it's also completely predictable? Maybe I did.

    I read a LOT of books by Indian writers and books set in India and this is third-rate. Sorry - I've read reviews that people loved it, but I didn't. I really didn't.

  • Ahw

    I think I must have read a different book to everyone else, looking at the ratings and reviews. I was really looking forward to it - I've read lots about India and thought it sounded like an interesting premise. The problem was it was SO predictable - I even wrote the synopsis after I'd read about 15% of the book and gave it to my husband - and I was spot on.

    That wasn't the real problem - the problem with the novel is that it just couldn't have happened and it was SO inconsistent. At one point

    I think I must have read a different book to everyone else, looking at the ratings and reviews. I was really looking forward to it - I've read lots about India and thought it sounded like an interesting premise. The problem was it was SO predictable - I even wrote the synopsis after I'd read about 15% of the book and gave it to my husband - and I was spot on.

    That wasn't the real problem - the problem with the novel is that it just couldn't have happened and it was SO inconsistent. At one point Jaya talks about going to the village to find an internet cafe to send her blog and only a couple of chapters later she's sitting on her bed and 'presses send' to upload the latest installment. There were loads of these sorts of examples.

    How could a simple, ill educated girl from a small village have enough English to have a relationship with a soldier from the British Army (don't even get me started on how utterly ridiculous the two of them spending hours alone in a school is), and yet she can't write one word of it. He is able to read her poems (in Hindi)?

    And then there is the 'untouchable' essentially being left to run the household of a very well respected businessman - without his wife having any male relatives of his to protect her and his children during a time of civil unrest in a volatile country.

    The whole book irritated me beyond belief - I really don't understand why everyone else loved it so much! If you can totally suspend your disbelief about the period of history in which it was written, the shoehorning of the feminist message into a character from the 1920s and the dialogue which just didn't ring true (a British public school educated officer talking about his 'mates' and his 'mum' for example), then I'm sure you'll love it.

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