Secret Daughter [Book Review] #ThrowBackThursday

June 2, 2022

Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda


Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda (cover) Image: a young mom and daughter stand on a beach with backs to camera overlooking a body of water one arm around the other

Genre/Categories/Setting: contemporary fiction, adoption, cultural heritage, family life, mothers/daughters, Asian, Asian American, India

Welcome to Throwback Thursday where I highlight an older review or post a current review of an old read. Today, I’m re-sharing a poignant story of mothers and daughters, Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda.

I’m linking up today with Davida @ The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog for #throwbackthursday.

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

My Summary:

Secret Daughter is a compelling story of adoption from three perspectives: Kavita, the mother who gives up her newborn daughter to an orphanage in Mumbai in hopes of saving her daughter’s life; Somer, a heartbroken, newly married physician in San Francisco who, upon hearing the news she cannot have children, decides to adopt; and Asha, Somer’s adopted daughter from Mumbai, India.

This story reminds me of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See.

What would you risk to ensure that your newborn daughter has the right to live?

Continue here for my full review of Secret Daughter…


Have you read Secret Daughter or is it on your TBR?


  1. Great choice, Carol. I read this one quite awhile ago, but as soon as I saw your title for this post, it brought back memories of the story.

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