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A Mother's Secret: A beautiful, heartbreaking novel of love, loss and hidden tragedy by [D'Silva, Renita]
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3.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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What if you discovered that everything you knew about yourself was a lie?


When pregnant Jaya loses her mother, then her baby son Arun in a tragic cot death, her world crashes down. Overcome by grief and guilt, she begins to search for answers – to the enigma of her lonely, distant mother, and her mysterious past in India.

Looking through her mother’s belongings, she finds two diaries and old photographs, carrying the smoky aroma of fire. A young boy smiles out at Jaya from every photograph – and in one, a family stand proudly in front of a sprawling mansion. Who is this child? And why did her mother treasure this memento of a regal family lost to the past?

As Jaya starts to read the diaries, their secrets lead her back to India, to the ruin of a once grand house on a hill. There, Kali, a mad old lady, will unlock the story of a devastating lie and a fire that tore a family apart.

Nothing though will prepare Jaya for the house’s final revelation, which will change everything Jaya knew about herself.

If you enjoy Dinah Jefferies, Lucinda Riley and Santa Montefiore, you will love this unforgettable journey through the lush landscape of India to the heart of what it means to be a mother and daughter.

What everyone is saying about A Mother’s Secret:


5 out of 5 stars…I read it in one shot because I couldn’t bear to stop…what I can promise you is that it is a great read…A book that was an absolute pleasure to read.’ Any Excuse to Read

I loved this book, the descriptions of India, the mansion, the food and the people are swoon worthy. And the characters are so real, so believable, so frail and fraught with their own mistakes, I felt like I was an observer, watching real people as I read this book.’ For the Love of Books

I was hooked...I absolutely adored this book…This won my heart…5*.’ Laura’s Book Blog Corner

‘From the very beginning A Mother’s Secret by Renita D’Silva has rightfully bagged its place in my list of favourite books…The character development is phenomenal and these are characters that will remain etched in my memory for a long time…D’Silva weaves magic with her words…To say that D’Silva is a brilliant writer would not be an exaggeration…There were times during the course of the story that I became aware of goosebumps on my skin because of the very raw emotions…wonderfulIndian Fiction for You

‘Love, loss, deceit, envy, pride, heartache …well-written, entertaining and satisfying.’ Janni B’s Books

‘Renita’s wonderful writing…radiates from the pages…an absorbing story…a story that unfolded layer by layer into what proved to be a beautifully crafted piece of writing where the author laid bare her heart and soul on every page…had me hooked throughout…a remarkable book…a feast for the senses and your imagination. I really was transported…once it caught me in its hold it didn’t let go until that jaw dropping moment near the very end that had me gasping out loud. I was beginning to wonder how all the dots as such could by joined together but the author did it with a mixture of sensitivity and flair that leaves the reader satisfied and very impressed.’ Shaz’s Book Blog

Beautifully written . . . Renita D’Silva skilfully weaves an enthralling tale . . . In so doing, she manages to seamlessly incorporate love, betrayal, disappointment, heartbreak, deceit and victory. This is a wonderful, evocative story that readers will easily embrace and enjoy.’ Jan’s Book Buzz

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2953 KB
  • Print Length: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Bookouture (7 April 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01BRTXBDA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,699 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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A Mother’s Secret is a rich tapestry of life’s stories, telling the heart-breaking tale of love, loss and loneliness. Despite all the pain, regret and anger, the author still manages to fill the reader with the feeling of hope, and dreams of second chances and new beginnings. Read every beautiful word, watch as each intricate stitch brings this remarkable tapestry together, enabling you to cherish it for years to come.

My heart still aches for this book. For the sensational world I have been a part of for the last few days. For the wonderful strong women who became my companions. I shed a tear for those women, not only for the hardships they went through, but for what I went through with them. They are all a part of me now, having shared their grief, pain, anger, love, secrets and ambitions.

I’m a sensitive soul, at one with nature. I don’t just see things. I need to touch and smell them. Sometimes these senses can be lost in a book, but Renita D’Silva has a magical way of bringing everything to life. I don’t just see the words she has written. I feel them, smell them, and taste them. At one point in the book, I even sneezed, due to sniffing too many spices. I love using as many senses to experience things. That's why I find this descriptive writing style so wonderfully beautiful.

If anyone asks me whether I have been to India, I can answer “Yes, I have. In the beautifully descriptive books written by talented author, Renita D’Silva.” Should I ever have the fortune of visiting India one day, I truly believe I will have the sensation of having been there before, thanks to this author’s books. Perhaps I will stumble across my very own ruin of a mansion, full of heartbreak and hope.

Reading a book by Renita D’Silva is a whole physical experience.
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Reading the first few chapters I became a little confused as to the different story lines and characters, but as I persevered, I found how they all interweaved into a beautiful, but heart wrenching story. A story of profound love, disappointment and heartbreak. How the conscience was so deeply affected with guilt. I also felt I was living in India and actually tasting the delicious spicy foods which the author described with such detail. This book actually proved to be a real " tear jerker".
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Just found this book like a puzzle. Started well then just kept going from one story to the next and another story and back lost the plot from chapter one.
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Loved this story.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars But I'd like to share the impart this book had on me 31 May 2016
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Other reviewers will tell you the basic plot. But I'd like to share the impart this book had on me. I read about two to three books a week and rarely give one a review, since I quickly forget the past books that don't leave a lasting impression. A Mother's Secret is not a book I will forget. Renita D'Silva created a mysterious plot, woven back and forth between three generations. Add that to the beautiful writing and lush descriptions of India you have a compelling story, one that literally kept me glued to the sofa for an entire afternoon, as I couldn't put it down without finding out what happened in the end. The end was a complete surprise (no spoiler alert here) and perfect climax to the entire story. Interestingly enough, this book could have taken place in England, in a castle or grand home, but I would have missed the visions of India. Renita, I plan to read every other book you have written if this one is any indication of your amazing talent. Thank you for sharing your writing skills and story with the world!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful story of the continuation of a Family 23 April 2016
By Barbara Prouse - Published on Amazon.com
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So very moving as you travel through three generations of love, ambitions, heartbreak, lies, mistrust, and tragedy. It is fast paced and intriguing and very hard to put down. Kudos to the author for a well told journey through this remarkable family.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So glad I read this book... days later, I'm still thinking about the characters... 9 May 2016
By LN - Published on Amazon.com
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I started reading this book on a cruise and at first I didn't think I was going to be able to get into the story line... but that was at first! THEN, I found myself deeply involved in the different characters, the twists and turns in their lives and the taste, smells and culture of India. As an American, who knew? I now would love to travel to India and experience just a bit of what I experienced through this story. I am so glad I stuck with the book past the first chapter or two because now that I'm finished reading the book I still wonder about the characters, I want to know what happened next not only with the characters in the book but with their offspring. Great story about family's, the skeletons in their closet(s) and how all comes to pass with the usual life ups and downs and then some! I will be reading more of D'Silva's books and soon. I hope she writes another book picking up where this one leaves off...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 29 May 2017
By Joann R. Greene - Published on Amazon.com
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What a tangled web some families weave. "A Mother’s Secret" by Renita D’Silva is a wonderful tale of mothers and daughters stretching from England to India. Gaddehalli is a tiny village in India but through the author's writing I could smell the spices, hear the wind in the trees, and see the buffalos in the fields as if I was there. The first few chapters were a bit confusing with the girls but as the book continues it doesn't become an issue. All the characters of the novel were well defined and I felt like an intruder looking into their lives. You wonder how in the world can the author pull all of these characters in the book together, but she does it seamlessly. A very good book about families and how the important, simple things in life can sometimes be forgotten because of pride, selfishness or shame. A 4.5 star from me.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What i learned about life for a woman in India is amazing, the characters in this book are very human ... 16 September 2016
By Phyllis G. Wootton - Published on Amazon.com
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Once I understood the authors writing style I could not put the book down. What i learned about life for a woman in India is amazing, the characters in this book are very human and show a strength that should be the goal of every woman. I loved this book and author so much that I purchased the other 4 books she has written about India, i can say the I am as fascinated by the next one I am reading I find it hard to put down.. More authors should write about strong women who are dam aged and somehow become stronger because of what they have experienced.

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