The Runaway Daughter
written by Juliet Philip
published by SparkPress
Why did I pick this book: I participated in the blog tour hosted by BookSparks. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Did I enjoy this book: Once I got involved in the story, I did enjoy this rather quick read. The story is interesting. It is endearing. It is a story you want a happy ending to.
Kamada has a decent life, but it is rough and trying. Her mother is a prostitute (a well-paid prostitute) who expects Kamada to do the same. Kamada doesn’t know who her father is and her mother is not exactly a loving, nurturing woman. Kamada wants more from her mother but she knows it isn’t going to happen. She has the servants to protect her and take care of her. Kamada is intelligent and has a vivid imagination.
Her imagination took some getting used to though. It was a bit difficult at first to get immersed in the real world and the imagined world. Sometimes I wanted a warning before the cauliflower started talking. And her nicknames for the predators took awhile to get straight. The green ticks on the stairs were an interesting way of determining if she was on the right path. And her goal to get out of India was a lofty one that she worked very hard toward.
The Runaway Daughter is a fascinating read with a wonderful glimpse into India and Kamada’s life. Her imagination was tough and made the read a bit more difficult than it had to be. I wanted more from this book, more about Kamada’s life. Not a lot, but a bit more than the snapshot we are given would have been nice.
Would I recommend it: I would recommend it, just be prepared for some out there imaginings.
Will I read it again: I will not.
About the book: Kamada, Tara’s daughter lives in a world of magic. A world of gremlins, fairies, an airavata—spotless white elephant having four tusks and seven trunks and talking magical entities that shield her from a society where strange men act like they own the women walking down the street and where her mother sells her body in exchange for a life of luxury.
Kamada knows she doesn’t belong here. She is on a mission to escape the dirty streets of a gritty Bombay and her mother’s house which feels like a prison. Only her magical friends, a parrot astrologer who tells of the future and a neighboring family know that her dream is to leave home to study in America.
As she plans her escape, Kamada’s world is turned upside down when her mother reveals a secret and she must struggle to get an education she envisions.
About the author: Juliet Philip loves magic, faeries, and creating things. She believes in infusing each of her creations with all the positive energy that she can manifest. Some of the things she likes to make are books, drawings, magic, and connections with people and the universe.
She leads a self-sustainable, simple (yet busy!) life and is so very excited to share her everyday magic with you all. The Runaway Daughter is her debut novel.