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?“Torn Together,” Emlyn Chand’s first sojourn into Literary/Women’s Fiction, illustrates how our similarities often drive us apart.
“Torn Together” by Emlyn Chand is a break from her other current books. This genre is fiction and the age group is 16 and up.Our main character is a young woman by the name of Daly who lives with her mother. Her father passed a few years ago and ever since the relationship between mother and daughter has been tensed. They both have forgotten the art of communication as they go about their lives pass each other in their homeDaly is an artist, an amazing one at that and needs to apply for a scholarship. The reason being her mother, Laine, refuses to pay for her college in a field she considers a waste of time. It does not help that Daly’s boyfriend has moved on with another woman without telling her. It is when Laine brings home a young girl Meghann to give her a lesson how to cook that Daly wonders why her mother has compassion for this young woman but not for her own daughter. Soon Meghann is thrust upon her and soon the girls bond and become best friends. Meghann ends up being the go between the two.But that is not where it ends. On fate Daly comes across a pharmacist by the name of Kashi, a native of India, that her world truly changes. Why on fate? Because he says so. The ending will totally throw you for a loop. But once I calmed down at Emlyn I realized this is how it was supposed to end, it completed the circle of life.This is a really good read for people who want to experience a range of emotions when reading a novel. You will go from being happy, sad, to angry and return back to happy again. It is a treat of a book and one that you will enjoy.
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About the author: 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 dabble in other genres as well. Emlyn enjoys connecting with readers and is available via almost every social media site in existence. Visit EmlynChand.com for more info. Don’t forget to say “hi” to her sun conure Ducky! Connect with Emlyn on her