Author: Renita D'Silva
Publish Date: June 21, 2013
Source: I received this book from the PR; however, this did not affect my review.
Why You're Reading This Book:
- You're a fiction fan.
- You like family stories.
From Goodreads.com: "Exiled from her family in India for more than a decade, Shirin and her husband lead a comfortable but empty life in London.
Memories of her childhood – exotic fragrances, colours, stifling heat and tropical storms – fill Shirin with a familiar and growing ache for the land and the people that she loves.
With the recollections though, come dark clouds of scandal and secrets. Secrets that forced her to flee her old life and keep her from ever returning.
Thousands of miles away, in Bangalore, the daughter of Shirin’s brother discovers a lost, forgotten photograph. One that has escaped the flames.
Determined to solve the mystery of an aunt she never knew, Reena’s efforts will set in place a chain of events that expose the painful trauma of the past and irrevocably change the path of the future."
My Two Cents:
"Monsoon Memories" is the story of a family torn apart by secrets. The secrets are so deep that the family may not ever be able to recover from. Shirin has her life in London. She's with her husband but is desperately missing her family in India. Reena is captivated by a mysterious photo of her father, aunt, and another strange woman whose mystery Reena wants to solve. This book is a good story about family and how families can overcome just about anything through love and understanding.
I really liked this story. I love family stories and I really liked seeing how this story came together. You slowly get to find out what happened to the family and why there are so many secrets in the family. The writing is pretty good. D'Silva gives small little breadcrumbs of information so that the reader can start putting the mystery together. I was able to figure out what was going to happen before it happened but I still liked the overall outcome of the book.
One of the treats in this book was little Reena. She fancies herself the next Nancy Drew or Harriet the Spy. I really enjoyed reading about how she tries to put together her family's mystery. She's definitely ambitious! She was a great, well-drawn character.
Overall, this was a really good story! This was a pretty fast read with a great family story.