Two sisters. Bound by blood. Torn apart by love.
My sister – the glue that held our family together and the gatekeeper to the memories of our shared childhood.
The girl I made a pact with – to protect each other for life.
The woman who destroyed my family, my future.
And the only one who can save my daughter.
Set against the dramatic backdrop of India, A Sister’s Promise is a powerful, emotional tale of family secrets, love and the ties that bind sisters together.
I would like to thank Bookouture and Netgalley for approving my request to read this book in exchange of an honest review.
What's worrying me with this review is that I can never put into words the wonderful feelings I experienced while reading this work of art.
Beautiful. Colourful. Sensuous. Rich.
In my opinion, these words best describe Renita D'Silva's 'A Sister’s Promise'. This book was a much-needed breath of fresh air for me as it was so different from the crime thrillers I usually read.
Set in India, this emotional story revolves around the lives of two sisters, Sharda and Puja and their teenage children Kushi and Raj.
A promise made...
One day, while young Sharda and Puja are playing in the fields, they promise to '...always look out for each other and love each other best.'
A promise broken...
However growing up, something happens in their lives, something that drifts them apart from each other, breaking the bond between them and the promise they'd made in the process.
A phone call...
Unexpectedly after twenty years the silence is broken. Puja hears her sister's voice over the phone.
Why did Sharda call Puja after all this time? What does she want? How does Puja react to her sister's call? Most importantly, what happened all those years back that divided the lives of these inseparable sisters? Why haven't they spoken to each other for so long? Can they mend what's broken and start all over again?
One of my childhood dreams was and still is to visit the mysterious and beautiful India. Now thanks to Renita's superb descriptions, I feel as though I was actually there.
What's astonishing in this book is the way in which it is written. Renita's prose is so sensuous and rich it's almost poetic. It evokes all the reader's senses and emotions. The intricate detail the author puts in each and every sentence brings the story and its characters to life, together with a myriad of sights, sounds and even smells.
What impressed me the most is the author's frequent use of colour. It’s as though she paints a new picture on every page. For example, I have never come across an author using colours to describe voices:
'The doctor's voice tries for assurance. It brings to mind the deep indigo of a summer's night settling over golden fields.'
'Ma's voice is the colour of tamarind gleaming in the morning sunshine.'
'Worry paints Ma's voice the wet brown of muddy meadows.'
Renita D'Silva took me on an unforgettable, mesmerising journey spanning decades and continents. I found myself completely immersed in this story feeling all sorts of emotions such as happiness, sadness and anger. Not mentioning what I felt when I reached a mind-blowing twist.
I really enjoyed myself reading this book and will most definitely read other books by this highly talented author. Well done Renita! Highly recommended!
About the Author
Renita D'Silva loves stories, both reading and creating them. Her short stories have been published in 'The View from Here', 'Bartleby Snopes', 'this zine', 'Platinum Page', 'Paragraph Planet' among others and have been nominated for the 'Pushcart' prize and the 'Best of the Net' anthology. She is the author of 'Monsoon Memories','The Forgotten Daughter', 'The Stolen Girl' and 'A Sister's Promise'.
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