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On the eve of the monsoons, in a remote Indian village, Kavita gives birth to a baby girl. But in a culture that favors sons, the only way for Kavita to save her newborn daughter's life is to give her away. It is a decision that will haunt her and her husband for the rest of their lives, even after the arrival of their cherished son.

Halfway around the globe, Somer, an American doctor, decides to adopt a child after making the wrenching discovery that she will never have one of her own. When she and her husband, Krishnan, see a photo of the baby with the gold-flecked eyes from a Mumbai orphanage, they are overwhelmed with emotion. Somer knows life will change with the adoption but is convinced that the love they already feel will overcome all obstacles.

Interweaving the stories of Kavita, Somer, and the child that binds both of their destinies, Secret Daughter poignantly explores the emotional terrain of motherhood, loss, identity, and love, as witnessed through the lives of two families—one Indian, one American—and the child that indelibly connects them.

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Secret Daughter
October 20th, 2014
A very insightful and touching story. An enjoyable and addictive read.
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Secret Daughter
October 20th, 2014
A very insightful and touching story. An enjoyable and addictive read.
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A favorite
August 26th, 2014
One of the best books I have read in a long time. It has become one of a few in my go to rotation.
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Wow
July 23rd, 2014
Wow. Just...wow. This story was told in such an easygoing and yet artistic fashion. The characters were real and the narrative flowed from one chapter to another with ease. I was able to feel the depth of pain, hurt, love and all the emotions in between. A worthwhile read indeed!
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Secret Daughter
June 18th, 2014
A very moving read
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Secret Daughter
May 22nd, 2014
What wonderful story ...it was so sad but enlightening at the same time ...all the old Indian problems against girl children .That heart break of the poor parents that are sometimes forced into these awful choice they have to make because of this family tradition of male only children ....Please read this book ,it will enlighten you ,and sadden you at the same time ...beautifully written ,it will bring a tear to your eye whether you are male or female
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Amazing
April 16th, 2014
If you are eager to know more about India, its traditions and culture this book is for you. The characters are wonderful and the theme about pregnancy, children, adoption is very touching. :-)
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Secret daughter
April 16th, 2014
Loved this book. Very moving and sad but great.
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Secret daughter
March 31st, 2014
Thoughly enjoyed this book
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Wonderful....
October 30th, 2013
I couldn't put this book down. The anticipation drove me to keep turning the pages. In the end.....the building anticipation was a bit of a let down.
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Fantastic story...recommend!
September 22nd, 2013
Beautiful read on many levels, emotionally real, culturally revealing & well structured.
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Secret daughter
September 15th, 2013
A beautiful insight into India, culture and the different world's within India. A great read.
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Secret daughter
September 12th, 2013
This was a Great read , I enjoyed it. Thanks
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A wonderful read
August 25th, 2013
If it weren't for the fact that I have a home to run, I would have finished this book at one go. Gripping!
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Secret Daughter
August 24th, 2013
I love this book, one of the best books I've ever read, very interesting
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Secret Daughter
August 23rd, 2013
Good read. Invokes many emotions. Educational insight of India and her culture and people. A wonderful story about strength, resilience, patience and forgiveness.
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Secret Daughter
July 29th, 2013
This is not just a Novel,it is also a visit to a place I have always wanted to go in order to learn More about India and her People. Although I am an Irish immigrant brought to England as a baby,I have Punjabi relations and most of my friends are from India. This is a beautiful story,written with compassion and I have thoroughly enjoyed every page.Thank you So Much.
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Mother love
July 28th, 2013
I just want to call my mother now. Sweet story that reminds us all the true meaning of family and the strength women bare.
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Secret Daughter
July 1st, 2013
Excellent! I loved it although it is a heartbreaking look at the harsh realities that poverty inflicts upon people.
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Nice book
April 29th, 2013
A very nice and moving book. Good storyline...family is the most important thing in life ..cherished it while you can
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