May 24, 2011

Secret Daughter: A Novel by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Teaser Tuesdays asks you to choose sentences at random from your current read. Identify the author and title for readers.

Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (March 15, 2010)
Genre: fiction, women's fiction
Source: Publisher

Somer looks up at her mother. "Mom, what do you think about adoption?"
Her mother smiles. "I think it's a wonderful idea. Are you considering it?"

"Maybe...there are all these kids over in India who need families, need homes." (ch. 10)

Product description: "On the eve of the monsoons, in a remote Indian village, Kavita gives birth to Asha. But in a culture that favours 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 baby Asha from a Mumbai orphanage, they are overwhelmed with emotion for her. 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 Asha, "Secret Daughter" poignantly explores issues of culture and belonging. Moving between two worlds and two families, one struggling to survive in the fetid slums of Mumbai, the other grappling to forge a cohesive family despite their diverging cultural identities, this powerful debut novel marks the arrival of a fresh talent poised for great success."

Comments: The topic of international adoptions will  resonate favorably with many families in the U.S. This touching novel that follows a family through 20 years will interest all readers.

GIVEAWAY: HarperCollinsPublishers has offered to give away a copy of Secret Daughter to a reader.
UPDATE: The winner of the giveaway contest, chosen by Randomizer, is JennyQ!


  1. I would luv to read The Secret Daughter.


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  2. Oh, this one sounds fabulous. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I really enjoyed this book. My TT:

  4. I like the teaser and the book definitely sounds interesting.

    My TT can be found here!

    Rebecca @ kindle fever

  5. I've been thinking about adding this one to my TBR list, so please enter me! I'm a follower.

  6. Good teaser! International adoption is a touchy subject, but the book does sound intriguing.

  7. What a sweet little girl, thanks so much for stopping by today.

  8. such a lovely sweet teaser!

    mine is here:

  9. That Teaser Tuesday Tis True!!!
    Love the cover, it's beautiful!
    Thanks for the chance to win.


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  10. Thanks for posting the product description along with your teaser. This sounds like a good read.
    My teaser is here: Sandy's Teaser

  11. This looks like an excellent read, please count me in. Thanks!

    GFC follower Tiffany Drew


  12. Great teaser and I'm really looking forward to reading this one. Please don't enter me as I have a copy!

  13. This book sounds compelling. Thanks for this giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  14. It is an awesome book :) I loved it and I hope you enjoy it too :)

  15. I'd love to read this book. I have seen many great reviews. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  16. blog follower by email and GFC
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  17. This book would be perfect for an adoptive mother I know. I'm a follower.

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  18. Would love to read this book. It sounds like it gets into adoption issues and cultural ones too.

    I am already a follower of your blog.

    Thank you for this giveaway.


  19. This book has been on my list for quite some time. It looks like a wonderful story. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  20. A friend recommended this one to me.

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  21. I'd love to read this one, and

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