A Daughter’s Courage – Renita D’Silva*

A Daughter's Courage by Renita D'Silva

How much would you sacrifice to save your family?

1929. When a passionate love affair threatens to leave Lucy in disgrace, she chooses a respectable marriage over a life of shame. With her husband, coffee-plantation-owner James, she travels to her new home in India, leaving her troubled past behind her.

Everything in India is new to Lucy, from the jewel-coloured fabrics to the exotic spices. When her path crosses that of Gowri, a young woman who tends the temple on the plantation’s edge, Lucy is curious to find out more about her, and the events that lead her to live in isolation from her family…

Now. With her career in shatters and her heart broken by the man she thought was her future, Kavya flees from bustling Mumbai to her home town. A crumbling temple has been discovered in a village nearby, and with it letters detailing its tragic history – desperate pleas from a young woman called Gowri.

As Kavya learns of Gowri and Lucy’s painful story, she begins to understand the terrible sacrifices that were made and the decision the two women took that changed their lives forever. Can the secrets of the past help Kavya to rebuild her life?

Note: This review is spoiler-free!

Why did I pick it?

I hadn’t read any of Renita’s books previously but this novel came up on my amazon recommends list based on my love of Dinah Jefferies. When I then saw it again on Goodreads and then on again on NetGalley I knew it was clearly going to be a book I should pick up since enough sites were tellig me I’d enjoy it!

What I loved about it

The best part of the book for me was the various different POV’s across the two eras. I really felt the tone of each was spot on and that they helped to add different view points to the story progression.

Renita’s passion for the culture and the country itself came across in the writing and the descriptions of the scenes. At times they were so rich and detailed I could almost feel the heaviness of the heat she was describing.

What I loathed about it

For me it lacked the story progression to put it on the same level as a Dinah Jefferies novel, which was a shame, it didn’t have the same pace so I got bored and I’m sad to say I nearly DNF at the 30% mark.

I also found the story a little predictable, plots twists aren’t all that great when you see them coming so they fell a little flat.


I enjoyed the read, I just didn’t love it.

Saying this I would pickup more of Renita’s novels, I’d heard some great things about A Mother’s Secret so that is one I will certainly be reading at some point.

When and where can you get it

You can purchase A Daughter’s Courage on Amazon* today

* Book provided FOC in exchange for an honest and fair review



  1. Autum
    July 10, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    I love reading books that are based in the 20s I have a few books similar to this on my bookshelf that I have yet to pick up and read. The story sounds interesting I will def keep this one in mind!!

  2. July 11, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    Love this review, I’m definitely adding this to my summer book list.

  3. July 11, 2017 / 2:34 pm

    Interesting…Not my favorite period to read about. Thanks for this review. I always read reviews before I decide to read a book. I wasn’t doing it for a long time but after wasting time on bad books I decided it’s a good practice.

    • hannah
      August 17, 2017 / 7:29 pm

      I know what you mean, I hate it when I get into a bit of a book slump

  4. July 12, 2017 / 4:01 pm

    Great review:) you write very concise and easy to read. YOu made me get curios about book reviews. Will check it out the book:)

  5. July 12, 2017 / 4:19 pm

    Great review of the book! I have also read it and agree with you that it was enjoyable, but not my favorite. Def not one that I will crack open again. Thanks for sharing! xox

    • hannah
      August 17, 2017 / 7:29 pm

      ahh interesting you thought the same x

  6. July 12, 2017 / 5:26 pm

    Thanks for sharing.
    I also loathe stories that take a while for the story to progress..

  7. July 12, 2017 / 6:25 pm

    I’m not a fan of slow paced books. I saw you read The girl on the train. I need finish that off.

  8. July 13, 2017 / 12:37 pm

    I think I will have to pass on this book. I need progression in a book or I get bored and never reach for it again

  9. July 13, 2017 / 3:28 pm

    Love the review. You made good points!

  10. July 13, 2017 / 3:34 pm

    Loved this review! Sounds like an interesting read, but am disappointed that it seems like a slow read. I get tired easily now if I read too much at one time. I don’t know why.

  11. July 13, 2017 / 3:42 pm

    Hmm! Thanks for the review! It seems like something I would have picked out but your review has definitely helped to make a better choice

  12. July 13, 2017 / 3:46 pm

    I have not heard of this book earlier. I generally like books that have a steady pace. Looks like I won’t enjoy this book, I will give it a skip. Great spoiler free review though.

    Gayathri @ Musings Over Nothing

  13. July 13, 2017 / 3:51 pm

    I have been more into self-help books lately (I know I know, its corny but it helps) I just finished You Are A Bad A$$ and I loved it, now I’ll take a break from those types of books and get back into reading for entertainment. Good post!

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