Thursday, May 16, 2019

Review for This Stolen Life by Jeevani Charika

 Kindle Edition, 282 pages
Published May 8th 2019 by Hera Books

Would you tell the truth, if it meant losing your one true love?

Soma is a shy young woman adrift in a strange new country. After moving from Sri Lanka to Yorkshire to become a nanny to baby Louis, Soma tries to settle into life in the U.K., even if every day presents her with a new challenge, from trying new food or getting to grips with the language.

But the one thing Soma never counted on was falling in love. When she meets Sahan, a Sri Lankan student at the local university, the two feel an instant attraction. Meeting in secret so that Sahan can teach Soma English, their friendship quickly blooms into something more. But their differing backgrounds – Soma is from poverty, while Sahan is the son of a wealthy family and cousin to Soma’s employer – means they have to hide their love from the world.

While they bare their souls to each other, Sahan has no idea that Soma is hiding a huge secret from him – but as her lies come crashing down, Soma is faced with an impossible choice. Should she tell the truth – even if means losing Sahan?

A moving, unique and utterly engrossing love story about how well we really know the person we fall in love with – fans of Amanda Prowse, Jojo Moyes and Diane Chamberlain will be captivated. 

My Thoughts…

This Stolen Life is so different than what I usually read.   There is a deep look into the culture of Sri Lanka, a look into the college life of students from foreign lands, and a look at the way society sees people of different races.  I opened the book and opened my eyes also to a world that I didn’t know much about.   

The story kept me entertained but it also helped me to understand some of the trials that people, young and old, can go through with their families, their education, and with society.   The story was not complex, it was not simple, it was just perfect.   The characters were relatable and real.   I could relate to both the college students and their families. Very quickly I became invested in the characters finding a way to respect their families, tell their truths, but still be free to love each other.

The secrets that Soma kept were heart wrenching.   My heart broke for her so many times but I loved how strong she became as she learned about a country that was new to her.    She became more sure of herself, more comfortable in a foreign world, and more open to learning how to succeed in life.    

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