TORN TOGETHER by Emlyn Chand

Before I write my review of Torn Together, I must say a huge Thank You to the Emlyn Chand for writing this novel. It made me smile, Torn Together Coverlaugh and cry.

Emlyn Chand has written this novel from her heart and from her own personal experience. She has poured her soul and life into this writing. I related to the Indian side of Torn Together very well, due to the fact that I am Indian. Emlyn got the references of Indian life, the smells, the taste, the feel, the characterisation and the way people from the Indian Sub-Continent speak, spot on. I felt I was there in New Delhi in the house of Kashi’s parents. I understood a lot of Indian references and learnt a little too. 

The story is told from two perspectives  – Indian and American, quite a remarkable achievement. 

The story’s base character is Daly, a passionate girl whose ambition and love is Art until she meets Kashi, an Indian man whom she falls head over heels in love with and marries.

Within the story, we see issues of abandonment and a lot of anger. Following the death of Daly’s father, her relationship between her mother and herself is strained and the pent-up anger is released in a series of emotional backlash that we see through her paintings. Daly makes friends with Megghan, a pregnant young girl who is still at school.

With Kashi, her mother and Megghan, we witness Daly’s life as she struggles with self conflict and doubt. 

A tragedy strikes 3/4 of the way into the story that dissolves Daly’s life to shreds. Whereas the reader would think this is the end of Daly, for she truly feels it, a miracle happens that brings her back from the darkness and into the light. A new hope…a new future.

I read Torn Together in five days and that is an achievement believe me. I couldn’t put the story down and had to know how her relationship between Kashi and her mother fared, how her friendship evolved with Megghan and the significance they had in her life.

Torn Together was given to me as a review copy and I am to have read it. I highly recommend this book!

Emlyn Chand

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About the Book – About the Author – Prizes!!!

About the book: Life, love, and an unforgettable trip to India–readers call “Torn Together” an emotional roller coaster ride. What’s all the fuss about? Grab your mother, daughter, sister, or closest friend, and get reading. Make sure to keep a box of Kleenex handy! Get Torn Together through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Kobo Books.

About the author: Emlyn Chand emerged from the womb with a fountain pen clutched in her left hand (true story). When she’s not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm Novel Publicity. Best known for her Young Adult novels, she is also developing a small, but devoted, following to her children’s book series and is beginning to dabble in other genres as well. Emlyn enjoys connecting with readers and is available via almost every social media site in existence. Visit EmlynChand.com for more info. Don’t forget to say “hi” to her sun conure Ducky! Connect with Emlyn on her website, Facebook, GoodReads, or Twitter.

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MAGIC MOLLY AND THE MIRROR MAZE by Trevor Forest

magic-molly-coverA lovely children’s book written by Trevor Forest.
I have to say I love reading children’s books and this one thrilled me that I had to keep reading! There was adventure, suspense and comedy too within the story – I loved the parrot and the wand!
Molly is nine and can only take her witches’ promise when she is ten, however she is granted special permission on this occasion to save her parent’s from the VOID. Molly’s granny – Granny Whitewand (a lovely but much feared witch) accompanies Molly to the department store where she buys her witches clothes and her wand. She takes her to the place where the VOID can be found, but this is as far as she can go with Molly.
This is Molly’s task to complete alone otherwise she will see only one of her parent’s again. She cannot fail! Unlike other stories, here we see a community where being a witch doesn’t have to be a secret and that is great! It shows the author has ‘thought’ out of the box and is original.
Some quirky things I wished I had: a talking wand, a broomstick that would work,  a not-so-snotty parrot (who is fantastic by the way!) and a great granny like Molly’s! A book for all ages and not just for children, so go ahead and buy this book folks!
One thing I forgot to mention and I was so disappointed, then I was ecstatic – the ending is actually not the ending and there is book no.2 and no.3 of Molly’s adventure – Hooray!
BOOK ONE:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Magic-Molly-Book-Mirror-ebook/dp/B005QAMT9E/ref=tmm_kin_title_0MAGIC MOLLY AND THE MIRROR MAZE
BOOK TWO:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Magic-Molly-Book-Gloop-ebook/dp/B007KAW3SU/ref=pd_sim_kinc_1MAGIC MOLLY BOOK TWO – GLOOP
BOOK THREE:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Magic-Molly-book-Yellow-ebook/dp/B008LLPNG6/ref=pd_sim_kinc_2MAGIC MOLLY BOOK THREE –THE YELLOW EYE