A Sister's Promise by Renita D'Silva

Category: literature/fiction (adult), women's fiction
Publisher: Bookouture
Release Date: July 2, 2015
Format: advance review copy ebook (eARC)
My Rating: 3-stars


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 our 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.


A Sister’s Promise is a story of overcoming:

Overcoming the often unintended hurt and betrayal that our actions can create.

  • Overcoming loss.
  • Overcoming prejudices.
  • Overcoming poverty.

A Sister’s Promise is a story about the ties which bind us together. I loved the family connections. They are deep and rich and twined together through the intricate preparation of food with knowledge of cookings mysteries being passed down from mother to daughter.

The story is beautiful but I found it oddly frustrating. I believe that just about every adjective in the known languages of the world were employed in this book; I understand that it was done to make the story more alive. There is a part of me that cringes from these elaborate descriptions as it feels too flowery or showy. I'm finding it hard to come up with the right way to explain it but suffice it to stay that I am a clean-lined, minimalistic kind of girl. If you love fresh flowers in every room with beautiful pillows piled on all of your comfy spots, and elaborate drapes than you will enjoy the imagery. It truly is rich.

With that said though, India is a vivid and rich country. While I struggled with the imagery sometimes, A Sister’s Promise provides a view of India that I do not believe a westerner could truly ever understand without it. There likely are not enough adjectives in all the known languages of the world to truly describe that which is India. The vibrancy, the heat, the colors, the destitution, the community, and the love of the people.

There is only one character in this story that was born outside of India. His name is Raj. To see India through Raj's eyes brings the deeply rooted history, the honored traditions, and the depths of cultural differences to light. You are reading of the poverty through Sharda and Puja's story but it is covered with family love and duty so you know that while you know that they are steeped in poverty it is not overwhelming. Raj brings to light the incredible distance between an affluent country and a third world country. For this alone the book is well worth reading.

As a reviewer for NetGalley, I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My thanks to NetGalley, the author, and publisher.

Renita D'Silva

Renita D'Silva

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', 'A Sister's Promise' and 'A Mother's Secret'. 

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