Friday, October 12, 2012

Torn TOgether by Emlyn Chand - Giveaway!

Torn Together by Emlyn Chand

Women’s Fiction
Date Published: 8/15/12
Evolved Publishing
Book Source: Purchase at Amazon

 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?

Author Bio:

Emlyn Chand emerged from the womb with a fountain pen clutched in her left hand (true story). When she’s not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm Novel Publicity. Best known for her Young Adult novels, she is also developing a small, but devoted, following to her children’s book series and is beginning to dapple in other genres as well. Emlyn enjoys connecting with readers and is available via almost every social media site in existence. Visit for more info. Don’t forget to say “hi” to her sun conure Ducky!

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 Juls Review : 3.5 stars

Is it really fair to teach a life’s lesson by taking a life?  I really felt as though that’s what this book was trying to do.  I know it wasn’t but I thought it was cruel to take away something as perfect as Daly and Kashi. 
Daly’s life fell into pieces the day her father died.  Not even her mother could help her through it because Laine was fighting her own battle.  Ever since that day their relationship was barely together by a thin thread.  With each passing day it got worse and before they knew it mother and daughter were strangers living together. 

Laine is a social worker and is mentoring Meghann.  Meghann is a freshman in high school and is pregnant.   She doesn’t have the best life at home and finds comfort with Laine and Daly.  The friendship with Daly might have been forced at the beginning but before long they become very close. 

Daly is kind of jealous of the easy relationship between her mother and Meghann but soon she realizes that there’s nothing to be jealous about.  Meghann might be hanging around more but she’s showing both her and her mother that they must work together to patch what’s been broken in the years they’ve fallen apart.

Three fateful occasions later  Daly and Kashi both find something they never thought they’d find.  Love.  And they fall fast and hard.  Neither want shy away from it.  They want to be in it for the long haul.  But Kashi heritage wont allow their union.  Can he convince his parents to consent to their love or will they forbid it?  Or will it all end oh so bitter sweetly? 

With everything that happens in all the characters lives a message, kind of muddy at times, is there.  Do they learn from them?  I believe so but only after all the debris is removed. 



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1 comment:

Emlyn Chand said...

Thanks for the thoughtful review, Jen! I'm glad you liked Kashi and Daly together. I originally wrote Torn Together to celebrate my love story with my husband three years ago. During the final stages of editing, we got divorced, and, yes, Kashi is based on my husband. They were not the perfect match after all. Kind of ironic, huh?

Thank you again, and if you can cross-post your review to Amazon and GoodReads, I'd really appreciate it!