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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Torn Together by Emlyn Chand

Torn Together by Emlyn Chand
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length:  Full (256 pgs)
Heat: Spicy
Rated: 4 Stars
Review by Poppy

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.

I honestly didn't know what to expect from this book, which is a good thing, I think.  I didn't have any preconceived notions and simply accepted it for what it was, not what I wanted it to be.

Full of emotion, and sure to make you laugh and cry, Torn Together is truly a book about a journey.  Though the blurb makes it sound as though we follow two women, this is really Daly's story.  Her mother, Laine, figures into it, certainly, but it's only as a secondary character.  It's Daly who matters and who we become completely involved with.

Ms. Chand is a talented author who writes with feeling and description.  I became immersed in the story immediately, and had no problem completely connecting with the characters.  I admit to being a little annoyed with Daly in the beginning, and thought she was a little overly emotional, and did some things many women wouldn't (like accepting a ride home from a man she really didn't even know), but she was a real character. So was Kashi. What a wonderful man: full of life, joy and love.  Almost too good to be true, but the perfect person for Daly.  I loved seeing how he drew her out and made her a better person.

That I was so involved with these characters, from the most important to the least, is what made this book both an engrossing read and a difficult one.  In truth, it didn't end the way I would have liked but I understand why Ms. Chand wrote what she did.  This was, as noted, a journey for Daly, and in order for it to complete, for the wounds to heal and the ends to be tied, there was no other ending for this story.  I won't say I was happy, but I will say I understood and that I laughed, cried and loved right along with the characters. For many readers, the ending will be exactly right.  This is an author with true talent and one I hope to read again.