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From her cheating boyfriend to her dead father and cold, judgmental mother, Daly knows she can’t trust others to be there when it counts. This cynicism begins to melt away when she meets Kashi, a light-hearted charmer from India, who decides he cares too much to let her fade into the background of her own life. After a series of false starts, their quirky romance carries them to India, where Daly must win the approval of Kashi’s family in order to seal their “forever.”
Meanwhile, Laine struggles to cope with the pain of early widowhood, fleeing into the pages of her well-worn library and emerging only to perform her duties as a social worker at the crisis pregnancy center. Although her daughter wants nothing more than to work as an artist, Laine doesn’t know how to redirect Daly to a more suitable profession without further damaging their tenuous relationship.
Can Laine look past her pain to learn from an unlikely mentor? Has Daly finally found someone whom she can trust? Will the women recognize their common bonds before the relationship is broken beyond repair?
"Torn Together," Emlyn Chand’s first sojourn into Literary/Women's Fiction, illustrates how our similarities often drive us apart.
What a rollercoaster!
I wasn't sure what to expect when I opted to review this book, but I enjoyed the YA by the author I read some time ago, so knew that the writing would be solid at the least. It was.
Ms. Chand has serious writing chops. Her prose is descriptive and clear, grammatically correct and evocative. It was for this reason I read through the entire book, even when Daly's anger wore me out or Laine's strange personality (loving, giving and sacrificial to anyone except her daughter) irritated me. There were moments I wanted to slap them both silly. On the other hand, that certainly makes it clear that I was wrapped up in the characters!
Truth be told, I feel very ambiguous about this book. I recognize the wonderful writing, but I just didn't love the story. I can say that the author painted a clear picture of India, for instance, and her characters are certainly three dimensional, but I'm not a big reader of books that are meant to be more edifying than entertaining. I'm a believer in "the world is depressing enough, read for fun" mantra.
That's not to say the book didn't entertain. Much of it was very fun and interesting. I enjoyed watching how Daly and Kashi worked through their relationship and how Meghann (a girl Laine all but adopted who is an unmarried pregnant teen from the center where Laine works) held her head up and remained strong despite bullying from her peers and blatant disapproval from her dysfunctional parents. She was inspirational.
What I didn't love was how the story ended. Intellectually, I understand why it was that way and the lesson is very clear and heart-warming. That doesn't mean I enjoyed it. However, I know a whole bunch of people who would have absolutely loved the ending and would put this book on their keeper shelf to be read again and again. So, how do I rate this? It's hard when you recognize a book is well done, but didn't completely enjoy it yourself. It's a bit like reading the classics in some ways.
After much agonizing, I'm giving this book...
3.5 flowers - this was a good book