Saturday, June 25, 2016

Book Review: Outcast

Author: Dianne Noble
Title: Outcast
Publisher:  Tirgearr Publishing
Publish Date: March 16, 2016
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb:

Rose leaves her Cornwall café to search for her daughter in the sweltering slums of Kolkata, India.

In the daily struggle for survival, she is often brought to her knees, but finds strength to overcome the poverty and disease, grows to love the Dalit community she helps.

But then there are deaths, and she fears for her own safety.
Her café at home is at risk of being torched, and finally, she has to make the terrible choice between her daughter and the Indian children.

Review:  This is a book that I went into not knowing what to expect and when I finished, I was left with a feeling of WOW! Just wow!

This book was sort of emotionally draining as a mother is searching for her daughter in a distant country. The book starts out in Cornwall and moves to India. 

It is a story of a mother and daughter and relationships and all the emotions that those relationships conjure. You get the story from both the point of views of mother, Rose and then a daughter, Hannah who is keeping Rose's shop for her when she goes to India in search of her daughter.  Hannah keeps the cafe and tries to do what she can for her druggie mom, Willow.

I really wish the Hannah/Willow story line was a little more developed or more too it. I couldn't understand how someone who was so with it, let it all fall apart when she could have asked for help from her boss when things got out of hand.

Rose was a character that you can really admire. She grew as a person in India, maybe a little faster than you'd expect in reality, but I liked how she jumped in to help the children right away knowing so little about the culture and the country that she was in.

It is interesting to see the role reversal in the characters between Emily and Rose.

Ms Noble really brings you into the story engaging all your senses as you read.

I will say one thing, I didn't find the book blurb to be an adequate representation of the book. Yes there's drama on both sides of the story, but it isn't as intense as the blurb would make it out to be.

I totally loved this book and look forward to reading more by this author.

Rating: 4 flowers


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