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    An incredible saga.

    My Rating: 4.5 Stars My Rating: 4.5 Stars Emma is a loving granddaughter who follows through to check out her dying grandmother’s house in India. It is year 2000, and this beautiful saga shifts and becomes a story of past and present when Emma promises to give a mysterious painting to someone called Archana. Leaving England to head to India could not have come at a better time for Emma as her relationship is greatly suffering. As a mother to eight-year-old Sophie, Emma is forced to make difficult choices. The story shifts back to the early 1900’s, during and after World War I, and tells of the difficult and tragic lives of Margaret, Emma’s grandmother. It also tells of Archana, someone who played a pivotal role in Margaret’s life, who Emma struggles to locate. Both Margaret’s and Archana’s stories are tragic and their lives are expertly chronicled. Reading this stunningly amazing book by Renita D’Silva was very much like watching a captivating mini-series. There were many stories told, with much sadness, yet this book managed also to deliver hope and joy. The storytelling by this talented author was done with exquisite perfection. Some of the things I enjoyed during this read were the intense drama, romance, family and learning of Indian culture. Times were hard after the war, so there were some difficult passages, such as tragic experiences. This compelling read was very difficult to put down and I felt for all three women, Emma, but especially Margaret and Archana. Their lives held such drama, and it felt so very real. This wonderful read is definitely highly recommended. I haven’t read anything by this author before, but I will definitely look for both previous and future works. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
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    Very hard to read

    This took a lot of concentrating to understand the story. The flitting back and forth from subject to subject hard to follow but coming together in the end. You have to keep reading to discover the idea behind the story. I think it could have been written in a slightly better way so it would have been easier to follow
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    Love, Betrayal, and Forgiveness

    The plot is interesting and gives the reader a look into former traditions (thank goodness) of Indian villages and the tragedies that come from a warped view of honor and shame and our unwillingness to forgive others. This story is told from two different time periods, 1920's and present-day England and India and through voices of both time periods. I like that the author let the main characters tell and then conclude their own stories and that she showed us that we can learn from the lives of our ancestors so that we don't repeat their mistakes. I will read other books by this author. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for an advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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    Repetitive

    I enjoyed the story but there was so much repetition. It could have been a shorter book if the same wasnt written over and over.
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    The girl in the painting

    Was a spell bounding read, an expertly woven tale. Couldn't put it down!
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