The Lost Daughter of India by Sharon Maas

lost-daughter-of-indiaAbout the Book

When Caroline meets Kamal the attraction is instant. He’s enchanting, charismatic and she can’t wait to set up a new life with him in India. Both their families are against the union but Caroline is convinced they’ll come round, especially when she gives birth to a beautiful daughter, Asha.

Asha is an adorable child but Caroline, homesick and beginning to hate the remote Indian village they live in, struggles with motherhood. Kamal is hardly ever there and she feels more and more isolated. In the grips of severe depression Caroline flees back to America, leaving Asha behind.

Ten years later …

Caroline recovered from her illness, is consumed by thoughts of the daughter she abandoned. Desperate to find Asha, she reunites with Kamal, intent on tracking her down. Will they ever be able to find their lost daughter? If they have any chance, they must confront the painful truths of the past and a terrible secret that has been kept for many years, until now.

I have always liked India. I think it is a country with very rich culture and so it has always intrigued me. This is part of the reason as to why I decided to get this book. I also liked the cover due to the pretty, little girl. The Lost Daughter of India by Sharon Maas begins with the story of Kamal and Caroline long before they met. The two live in very different worlds. However, fate sought of brings them together and they start a relationship that nobody in their families supported. Soon the couple gets married and then they have Asha but things don’t quite work out so well.

This book focuses on so many different themes through which we get to know the characters. Kamal and Caroline are not really the best parents at first. They both had their own issues and in a way, Asha didn’t seem to be a priority. I especially found myself judging Caroline although sometimes I sympathized with her. I can’t imagine how hard it is to move to a new country with a different culture, language and far from the life and people that one is used to. Nevertheless, I didn’t quite agree with her decision to leave her daughter. On the other hand, I liked Kamal and was more sympathetic to him.

The Lost Daughter of India by Sharon Maas is not an easy to book to read. Through the pages, we get to learn about human trafficking and child prostitution. The stories of these little girls and boys were so heartbreaking. It is hard to imagine that such things happen but it’s a sad reality. Although this is fiction, the book is inspired by reality. I was particularly shocked to find out that one of the scariest stories involving a child prostitute was actually inspired by real events. I mean, what is wrong with society? What kind of a human being does that to a fellow human being?

The Lost Daughter of India by Sharon Maas is a sad but necessary story. It tackles some really heavy themes that need to be addressed and maybe one of the ways to do this is by creating awareness about them. There are a few things about that book that I didn’t really like. There were some aspects of the narration that were just a bit too dramatic especially around the conflict resolution. However, this doesn’t change how I felt about the book. I enjoyed the cultural nuances; arranged marriages, housing, food and languages. The writing was also quite beautiful, poignant and I like the fact that the book had multiple narrators including young Asha. I also like the fact that the author’s note explained not only her motivation for writing this book but also the real situation surrounding the main themes. This is my first book by Sharon Maas and it definitely won’t be the last one.


20 thoughts on “The Lost Daughter of India by Sharon Maas

  1. This book sounds heart wrenching and super deep. Especially with the topics of human trafficking and child prostitution. Will be adding to my TBR. Thanks for this amazing review =)

    1. You’re welcome and thank you for stopping by.Its definitely an emotional read especially due to the heavy themes but its definitely a good,important book.Glad to hear that you intend to read it someday 🙂

  2. It seems like any more “What is wrong with society” is a question that comes up more and more.

    This sounds like a hard book to read. Kudos for doing it.

    1. Thanks Lilyn. That was exactly my question throughout the book.Its hard to believe that we live in a society where child prostitution and human traffiking occurs.Something is definitely wrong with some humans 😦

  3. You’ve been reading some heavy books lately – I’m in a stressed mood myself right now and I just don’t think I can handle anything too heavy at the moment. But you wrote a lovely review for this one and make a good case why someone would want to try it.

    1. I get what you mean Laila.I’m actually moving away from heavy themes for a while so I hope to find some light,interesting books.

      Sorry to hear that you’ve been stressed out.I hope you feel better soon and that you have some books to get you through the stress ❤

  4. Leaving it all behind to adjust to a new place is terrifying. I only lived it for a short time and things were definitely different but you really learn a lot about yourself when going through this experience. This book sounds painful to read. I must say I do not understand the mother’s decision but it only makes me more curious about it. Great review!

    1. Thanks Donna. I can’t imagine how tough it is to just up and go and settle at a new place. I love traveling but only for short periods of time. Glad that your experience was though and that you learned a lot. As for the mother’s decision, If I were her then I wouldn’t have left my child behind so yeah, I also don’t understand why she did that.

    1. Thanks Cleo. I agree with you. The themes were quite heavy but I think that author did a great job in portraying them in a realistic and sensitive manner.

    1. Thank you. I have just read your review and will definitely add Of Marriageable Age to my TBR. Seems like she leans towards sort of the same kind of themes but at the same time, the book sounds as compelling as this one. Thanks for letting me know about it.

  5. This post was eye catching because I myself am from India!!!….And one of my cousin’s name is “Asha”…and my maths teacher is named “Kamal”.. haha… But I loved your perspective on this book and have ordered it already!! Excited to read it!! It sounds like a philosophical book but at the same time it’ll be an interesting read as we see Caroline go through this unique situation. Very nice.
    Would love if you came to read my blog.
    Thanks a lot !!

    1. Hey, very nice to meet you and thanks a lot for visiting my blog. Interesting coincidences about the MCs names 🙂 I will definitely check out your blog.

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