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I am so glad you enjoyed Monsoon Memories and will definitely consider writing a sequel sometime in the future. Dear Shruti, Thank you so very much for this lovely message. I love hearing from readers and this lovely comment has made my day.

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I am so glad you enjoyed Monsoon Memories. I hope you enjoy The Forgotten Daughter too. Monsoon memories is very lovely book, I could myself feel the pain of shirin and reena, while reading the book. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely message. Mam just read monsoon memories. An amazing out of the box story which mesmerised me.

Loved all the characters particularly Reena and vinod. In complete awe of your writing!!! Dear Sanchit, Thank you so very much for this wonderful message. I am so thrilled that you enjoyed Monsoon Memories. Thank you for taking the time to write to me telling me so. It means so much.

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Shirin and her husband Vinod live in England and Shirin is terribly homesick for the India she left many years ago. Meanwhile in India we meet 11 year old Reena, an amateur sleuth who stumbles on a family mystery and is determined to investigate it. Before too long we will get a sense of how these two stories will intersect but it takes the entire novel before the story is fully understood. The stand out part of this book is the descriptions of India and especially of the food.

It made me very hungry!

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The story is fine but it unfolds quite slowly and feels very predictable though in fairness there are some elements of it that you don't see coming. It's a sweet book, but also a bit dull. One person found this helpful. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I loved this story about a woman who is victimized and is then shunned by her family and moves to London. It is absurd to me as an American that a woman would be shunned after being the victim. I would have given it 5 stars if it wasn't a bit too wordy long drawn-out paragraphs describing the author's memories of India, sights and smells, etc.

The author does paint compelling word-pictures of the sights and sounds of India, but could have cut back a little. It is pages and could have easily been and not hurt the basic story. I have now read all of Renita's books. Each one was different but they each had twists and turns and surprise endings. I cared about the characters in this book - Shirin, Vinod, Reena, Madhu especially. If you love stories that are set in exotic countries, this one is for you. Would we all have made the same choice as Shirin?

Beautiful writing and storytelling that captures the sights, smells, and sounds of life in rural India and contrasts it with a more mundane existence in England. The two main characters, Shirin and Reena, are drawn with careful attention to detail. I particularly liked Reena's "detective casebook" narrative. As these two separate lives intertwine and the story unfolds, D'Silva does an excellent job with pacing that kept me engaged throughout the book. Along the way, I enjoyed a sensory feast, reliving the aromas of spices frying in the kitchen and the unmistakable, unique scent of damp earth just before the monsoon rains arrive.

I highly recommend Monsoon Memories for anyone who appreciates Indian fiction. I really enjoy this authors writing style, she gives us such a great visual for the feel, the scents, the sounds of India and its people, they come to life on her pages. This is the story of family dynamics, and the different ways each member is affected by the actions they each contribute to it. Great characters each with a distinct personality. This novel is also set both in India and England. This is the second book I have read of hers and have enjoyed both of them immensely. I know she has a new one coming out soon and can't wait to read it.

Back in India, 11 year old Reena comes across an old photograph of her dad Deepak, aunt Anita and an unknown relative who could only be an aunt as she bears a striking resemblance to her. Reena is Renita D'Silva makes a stunning debut with a book that has loss, longing and bittersweet memories at the heart of its story. Reena is intrigued by the conspiracy of silence that surrounds this unknown aunt. And being an avid Nancy Drew fan, she sets about trying to discover her story. What unfolds is a family saga that is relatable and moving-- told from two points of view, Shirin's and Reena's.

Renita's storytelling is stunningly evocative and every scene is drenched with the sights, sounds, smells, tastes of India. While reading it, I was instantly transported into the Konkani culture and landscape. And yet, Renita tells a universal story about women and the crosses they bear, their unique strengths and flaws, their resilience and their ability to overcome humungous personal challenges. It's a heartbreaking story and yet a heartwarming one.

I would recommend it to those who know little about India and to those who live and breathe Indian essence.

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For both sets of readers, Monsoon Memories would be a wonderful journey of discoveries! Mar 20, Winter Sophia Rose rated it it was amazing. Aug 03, Ken rated it it was amazing Shelves: Beautiful writing and storytelling that captures the sights, smells, and sounds of life in rural India and contrasts it with a more mundane existence in England. The two main characters, Shirin and Reena, are drawn with careful attention to detail. I particularly liked Reena's "detective casebook" narrative. As these two separate lives intertwine and the story unfolds, D'Silva does an excellent job with pacing that kept me engaged throughout the book.

Along the way, I enjoyed a sensory feast, re Beautiful writing and storytelling that captures the sights, smells, and sounds of life in rural India and contrasts it with a more mundane existence in England. Along the way, I enjoyed a sensory feast, reliving the aromas of spices frying in the kitchen and the unmistakable, unique scent of damp earth just before the monsoon rains arrive.

I highly recommend Monsoon Memories for anyone who appreciates Indian fiction. Aug 10, Cleo Bannister rated it really liked it. I was intrigued by the blurb when contacted by the publisher to see if I would be interested in reading this book. What follows is an unbiased review but I am really glad I was chosen to read this one as it has that unique something that makes it immensely readable.

Monsoon Memories is an evocative book describing the life of Reenu, an eleven year old girl. Reenu visits her Grandmother in Taipur and finds a picture of a girl hidden in the family photo album. Having decided to be a sleuth like her I was intrigued by the blurb when contacted by the publisher to see if I would be interested in reading this book. Having decided to be a sleuth like her heroine Nancy Drew she is determined to find out who the girl is and why she has been erased from history.

Far away in England working as a programmer is Shirin, a woman haunted by the past and torn between enjoying the happy memories of her life as a child in India and being afraid of acknowledging the events that led her to leave. Between them Shirin and Reenu tell us a painful story of a family torn apart. The heart of this story is family relationships including all the variations. The heat of India, the monsoons and the casual poverty that surrounds the family is well described, as is the food.

In fact food seemed to be mentioned continually; illustrating how important it was to the structure of the day, I found this occasionally intrusive possibly as I haven't eaten many of the Indian dishes described in loving detail. The structure of the story is measured and steady; at no point did I feel it was drawn out unnecessarily. The reader has different parts of the tale told from both Shirin's and Reenu's viewpoint which drew me in so that I was rooting for a happy ending for all the lovely characters, both minor and major bought to life in this book.

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Jun 16, Jenny Hale rated it it was amazing. The book effortlessly transports readers between England and India, painting each world with words and pulling us in with all of our senses. The story started with a photo that Reena, a young girl had found. I highly recommend it.

I really enjoyed this book - a moving, well paced read. I thought way the secrets in the story were gradually uncovered from two main characters pov's was a nice touch, and overall feel was very dreamy. I guessed the BIG SECRET reasonably early on, but it did not spoil the enjoyment of reading the rest of the book - in fact, I felt the references of unspoken of but implied events in the past were quite a draw.

All in all - great read, give it a try. Feb 17, Thebooktrail rated it it was amazing Shelves: A life long ago in India — awoken with a lost forgotten photograph. Visit the locations here - Booktrail of Monsoon memories The contrast of countries, times and settings make for a poignant tale of homesickness and secrets. Shirin leads a rather empty life in London that she always compares to the colour and vibrancy of life in Bangalore.

Even the rain is different: Instead, it was weak; s: A faded photo is discovered by Reena who because of her love of Nancy Drew, is quick on the case of the mystery behind it. For Shirin India represents colour, exotic fragrances and warm fond memories. Oh the fabrics, the dusty streets, the children running along the dirt tracks, the humidity, and best of all the food. Food forms so many memories and home cooking in India is set out here as if you could just scratch the pages and breathe it in.


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London in comparison is black and white and devoid of the heat and passion in the India scenes. The cultural issues and traditions which are portrayed in the book are sensitively dealt with As an overall look at India and its culture, family issues and the relationships between women, this is a table spread with delicacies of every kind. Jun 16, Kristen rated it really liked it. Told by two different characters one woman and one 11 year old girl in two different countries, it tells the story of an Indian family and how each of their lives were changed by one fateful day.

The pacing of the story started a little slow for me, but definitely kept me intrigued once more of the plot surfaced. I had a little difficulty with all of the references to Indian food, but the descriptions of the different towns and people in India were well-done and helped me really A great read!

I had a little difficulty with all of the references to Indian food, but the descriptions of the different towns and people in India were well-done and helped me really visualize where the story was taking place. A great pick for anyone who enjoys stories of family bonds, secrets, Indian culture, and forgiveness. Oh I've just finished reading this book and I'm struggling to find the right words to express how much I enjoyed reading it. This book is just amazing! I've read other books by the brilliant Renita D'Silva - all fabulous reads - but I hadn't yet read this book, her debut novel.

Now after reading it, I can't actually believe this was her first book!!! Through her beautiful exotic prose, this author has once again taken me on an emotional ride spanning continents. This is the story of a family div Oh I've just finished reading this book and I'm struggling to find the right words to express how much I enjoyed reading it.

This is the story of a family divided in the name of values and honour. It is set in the UK and India - two countries that couldn't be more different. She has spent the last years struggling to cope with her sense of guilt and the repetitive nightmares and dreams of her past life. Overwhelmed by memories, she now longs to go back home and confront her demons. But sullying your family name is unforgivable. For her family, she's dead. What had she done to deserve this sort of punishment, to be banished away from home? Can Shirin ever be forgiven and accepted back in a family where religious and cultural values have strong roots?

Who is this girl? Why doesn't she show up in any of the other pictures? Why was the photo hidden? And why is everyone reluctant to talk about her? She's determined to find out who this girl was and so puts into practice her sharp detection skills to find this girl's identity.

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But Reena doesn't know that some truths are best kept hidden, buried. The story goes back and forth in time as together with Shirin, we relive her memories. We are slowly led to one faithful night when Shirin's and all her family's lives have been turned upside down by tragedy. All characters in the book are very realistic and I felt as if I've known them all my life.

I felt sorry for Shirin, for what she has gone through. I wished I could alleviate her heartache somehow. I admired Vinod for his courage, love and determination. And I just loved little sweet Reena. Since I was a kid, I have always dreamed of visiting India, and thanks to Ms D'Silva's vivid colourful descriptions, whenever I read one of her books, it's as though my dream comes true again and again.

This author brings India's tradition, culture, sceneries, its colours, sounds, smells and even its tastes to life. Everything expertly weaved within the main plot of a poignant, heartwarming story. I could clearly imagine the coconut trees swaying in the wind by the river, the markets bustling with life, people selling and buying fresh exotic fruits and vegetables and aromatic spices. Bright coloured-sari-clad women looking for a good bargain. Stray cows milling around in the streets blocking traffic and a thousand other things. Not mentioning the mouth-watering food and recipes the author likes to add to practically every chapter I actually googled some of the food mentioned and will make it a point to try some of it next time I visit my favourite Indian restaurant.

I so loved reading this book that when I turned the last page, after going through a beautiful, beautiful tear-jerking, satisfying ending, I ended up sad. I felt so part of Shirin's family that it was as though I was going away from my family home, leaving all my loved ones behind me in India. This book is just fabulous and I highly recommend it!

Sep 02, Tanya mom's small victories rated it it was amazing Shelves: I was captivated by the characters and their plight. I was intrigued by what deep secret could have torn the family apart.

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What caused Shirin so much grief that she was haunted by the Eyes that would follow her during her daydreams and nightmares? My heart broke for Shirin, she exiled herself to the UK but longed for her family in India but wondered if they could ever forgive her. I could empathize with young Reena, an only child in India, who stumbled on a photograph of this forgotten woman and was determined to find out more about her.