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The Storyteller's Secret
The Storyteller's Secret | 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. 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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squirrelbrain
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arlenefinnigan Good choice! 2mo
Cathythoughts Thanks so much Helen for your lovely card & friendly words ♥️✨ 2mo
squirrelbrain @Cathythoughts 👍😁❤️ 2mo
BarbaraBB Thank you so much dear Helen for your lovely card. It is so nice to hear from you. Autumn has definitely reached the Netherlands, I hope camping in the UK will still be possible! Although the south of France does sounds good too! Thanks again 😘😘 2mo
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Maria514626
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This book is super! It does suffer from flashback syndrome—the modern day is much less interesting than the past. I wanted to hear more and more about the grandmother. I wasn‘t that interested in Jaya (present-day MC). #readaroundtheworld

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Maria514626
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Pelé—aka Cozyboy—loves the #readathon as much as I do! #deweys24hourreadathon

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nu-bibliophile
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It was heart-wrenching !

BooknerdsLife I feel the pain!!! 😭😂 4mo
nu-bibliophile @BooknerdsLife I'm still trying to recover😁 4mo
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nu-bibliophile
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I'm excited to start this.
I hope it lives up to my expectations🤞

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Krystle13
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Pickpick

LOVED THIS STORY! Learned some info about India I had never known. I did guess the 1 secret early on, but the story was delightful and heartwarming. Definitely read her other books.....On to the next Read while camping!

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Krystle13
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What a moving book so far. Every night I read for hours. Now I finally get to sit at the beach and read. RAIN RAIN STAY AWAY!!!!

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Krystle13
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Didnt forget to bring books this camping trip! Wooohooo
Thank you @scripturient for the awsome bookmark. Came in handy today after one I have been using for years tore my page!😢

scripturient You‘re welcome! Hope it will be of good service. :) Enjoy your trip! 5mo
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Booknerd222
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Tattooedteacher
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Really enjoying this book so far. Not high action but I feel like I‘m learning more about a different culture... a different way of thinking.

Crazeedi Yes I felt the same way reading his, it was interesting 5mo
Leftcoastzen Welcome to Litsy!👋 5mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗🌺 5mo
rretzler Welcome to Litsy! 📖 5mo
JohannaRose Welcome to litsy! I hope you enjoy it here!😊 5mo
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Booknerd222
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Krystle13
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One book in, waiting for my others to arrive!🤓📖📚

Crazeedi I enjoyed this book! 7mo
Krystle13 @Crazeedi I have heard good things about it. I like the cover! 7mo
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bewareofwords
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Pickpick

First #24b4Monday book complete—and also April‘s #bookclub choice.

This book was interesting. Seeing the Indian country and culture was both beautiful and heartbreaking. I thought that the writing itself was cheesy and amateur, and the plot was predictable (though that isn‘t necessarily a bad thing). Overall, I‘m glad that I read it.

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Lexicon1982
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Pickpick

Beautiful story of female strength

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Macnjen
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Lovely told story about a woman finding herself while learning of her past. The writing was good as was the story, though it was a touch predictable. Still, definitely worth the read. #litsyAtoZ challenge @BookishMarginalia

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Lexicon1982

So far I have been sucked into this story. I love books about other cultures, places and times and the dual story of two women trying to build a place in their worlds has me hooked! I can‘t wait to see how these women develop.

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Macnjen
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Next up, this one is for Serious Book Club #litsyAtoZ challenge. Hope I didn‘t already post this; my apologies if I‘ve lost my mind!

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Jcwamp
Pickpick

Really enjoyed this book

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SW-T
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Pickpick

Jaya is stunned and heartbroken after her latest miscarriage. Her husband has left her and is seeing someone new, and her mother seems as cold and distant as always. She travels to India and discovers both family secrets and a core of inner strength she never knew existed.

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Lynnsoprano
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@Crazeedi thank you so much for your thoughtful gift. It really lifted my spirits on a day when this sinus infection has me feeling wiped out. But I can‘t believe you did this while preparing for your surgery. Thanks again and wishing you a speedy and easy recovery 😘

Crazeedi You're very welcome! I hope you enjoy. My surgery went well, 10mo
Crazeedi You have been very kind to me 🌷⚘ 10mo
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Kellyomealia
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Mehso-so

Enjoyable vacation read but didn‘t live up to expectations. 2019: 2/?

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Karisa
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Bailedbailed

Has great reviews, but I just couldn't settle into it. 🤷‍♀️ Anybody read it? Is it worth another try later?

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Crazeedi
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#anewchapter #diverseread
January 15
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88
I just recently read this very good book. Jaya goes to India to discover her history and heritage. I learned a lot about that culture

Jerdencon I have this one - need to get to it! 10mo
Crazeedi @Jerdencon I think you will enjoy 10mo
nu-bibliophile I have this one too. It's in my "very soon" tbr pile. 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻📚 10mo
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Crazeedi
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Pickpick

4⭐ the story of Jaya, whose marriage is falling apart because of miscarriages, she goes to India and is told the story of her grandmothers life. The secret Amasha's friend Ravi kept to pass on to Jaya. Recommend

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Crazeedi
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Next up!

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Jessianjel
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I got this based on the title but it is so amazing I‘m so glad I did

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Crazeedi
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Has anyone read this? Opinions? I bought since I couldn't find at library or on overdrive. It's on my tbr pile for holidays

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irrelevance10
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Pickpick

Occasionally, I come across a book that speaks to me so intimately that I feel like I've been punched in the gut or that someone has their hand around my heart and is just squeezing it as hard as they can. This is one of those books. Had I any notion of what the subject matter was, I might have chosen a different book. I'm so glad I didn't. It was worth every single ugly cry it got out of me (and it got several). Five out of five stars from me.

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Amit stares into the distance. “In America, have you seen prayers answered with miracles?” “There are miracles every day,” I say, although I have never witnessed one and stopped believing in miracles after my miscarriages. “Is that what you want for your sister?” “Yes,” he answers. He motions toward the statues. “And there is nothing I can do but pray.”

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irrelevance10
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With humility may I reap my own power, and at the end of the journey, I hope I learn when to stand small so others can feel tall.

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jouleian
Mehso-so

⭐⭐⭐⭐ This book was too drawn out in certain areas. I didn't care for Jaya's portions but Ravi and Amisha really saved things. Especially Ravi.

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jouleian

This book is beautifully written but it's taking its sweet ass time getting to the point and I'm beginning to lose interest. I'm about to ghost it like bad blind date...#ihopethisgetsbetter 🤷🏽‍♀️🤷🏽‍♀️🤷🏽‍♀️

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jouleian

This book really reminds me of blood of flowers. I like it 😊

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jouleian

"Sometimes Jaya, it is better to leave things if they cause you harm." - Jaya's mother....ironic I should find this.

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MelAnn
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Now reading ... & it begins with endings. “His call is no longer my beacon.”

jouleian @MelAnn any good? 13mo
MelAnn @jouleian I am enjoying it so far. Easy to read so far. 13mo
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pari91
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New Read 🙂

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irrelevance10
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The miscarriages have stripped me of my sense of self. In my desperation for a child, everything else fell to the wayside—including me.

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suvata
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Up next!

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Tanzy13
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From bestselling author comes an epic story of the unrelenting force of love, the power of healing, and the invincible desire to dream...

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irrelevance10
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...for every baby born, many others never reach gestation. For every woman who juggles a child in her arms, another yearns for the cry of a child to comfort. For every couple that successfully fills a home with a family, another will never become parents.

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Struggling after her third miscarriage, Jaya goes to India to uncover her family's past. There she meets Ravi—her grandmother‘s former servant and trusted confidant who reveals the resilience, struggles, secret love, and tragic fall of Jaya‘s grandmother during the British occupation. Through her courageous grandmother‘s heart-wrenching story, Jaya discovers the legacy bequeathed to her and a strength that, until now, she never knew was possible.

Parvez Nice review 👍👍👍 1y
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Texreader
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I finally made my Amazon first pick. Tough choice between this one and Hotel Sacher. But digging up one‘s family roots broke the tie.

laurenbescoby I picked Hotel Sacher, but this one was a close second! 1y
sprainedbrain I was stuck between the same two! I finally went with Hotel Sacher. Can‘t wait to hear what you think of this one. 1y
TheBookStacker I picked this one as well! 1y
Texreader @miralunasbooknook @sprainedbrain @TheBookStacker It‘s been depressing so far but immensely readable and interesting. I‘m hoping it lightens up. But still recommended. (edited) 1y
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Whimsical.Curiosity
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Amazon First Reads! Going out on a limb with this one. Not my usual type but it's got some good reviews and support. Anybody else? Anybody read it?

#amazon #firstreads #bookofthemonth #bookclub

Andrew65 I think I‘m going for this one too. 1y
Well-ReadNeck I haven‘t read this one, but Trail of Broken Wings was fabulous!!! 1y
Whimsical.Curiosity @Well-ReadNeck oh nice!! I'll add it to my #tbr 1y
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Whimsical.Curiosity @Andrew65 let me know what you think 1y
booksensation That‘s the one I picked too! 1y
SamanthaMarie I picked the Post-apocalyptic one but this was the other one competing for my freebie. 1y
Whimsical.Curiosity @SamanthaMarie ooooh happy doomsday! I thought about that one. 1y
EvaaDiiva2 I picked the Happy Doomsday one as well, but this did intrigue me. 1y
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theresidentromantic
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I keep getting these, as I've had Prime since they started doing this and longer, but I've never actually read one. #imterrible #sendhelp In other news, this was my pick for August, though Happy Doomsday was almost it instead.

Andrew65 I noticed this one, and was thinking of choosing it. 1y
theresidentromantic @Andrew65 This one seemed like a really personal version of one of those celebrities find out they're related to Irish cowboys television shows and I watch way too many of those lol 1y
RavenLovelyReads A free book? Thanks for enabling me to “buy” another book! 1y
theresidentromantic @RavenLovelyReads Lol! If you have Amazon Prime, you can choose 1 pre release from a small emailed list on the first of every month. I keep getting them, because free, but I never read them! 1y
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hwheaties
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Mehso-so

I found the writing uneven and the story was cliché at times...though the ending did elicit the desired response, I suppose.

I definitely preferred the flashback story to the contemporary POV story.

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hwheaties
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Next up for fiction!!

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