[PUYB Blog Tour&Review] The Unexpected Son by Shobhan Bantwal

Posted 30 September, 2010 by Molly in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

About the Book:
What happens when a woman who’s realized her dreams wakes up to a shocking truth? A mysterious letter turns Vinita Patil’s contented American life upside down. It tells an impossible story: she has a grown son in India, a child she was told was stillborn 30 years ago. Now his life may depend on her.

Revealing her secret past to her arranged-marriage husband could mean losing him forever. Nonetheless Vinita is compelled to return to her battle-scarred town in India to meet her hitherto unknown son—perhaps even save his life—and pray for the faith of the family she leaves behind.

About the Author:
Shobhan Bantwal calls her writing “Bollywood in a Book,” romantic, colorful, action-packed tales, rich with elements of Indian culture. Born and raised in India and now an American citizen, Shobhan had an arranged marriage and writes about that topic and other controversial social topics unique to India. THE UNEXPECTED SON is her fourth book.


Shobhan’s articles and short stories have appeared in a variety of publications including The Writermagazine, Romantic Times, India Abroad, Little India, U.S. 1, India Currents, and New Woman. Her short stories have won honors and awards in fiction contests sponsored by Writer’s Digest, New York Stories and New Woman magazines. To read her stories, articles, favorite recipes, and more, go to her website: www.shobhanbantwal.com

My Review:
This author has skills! Beautiful writing skills that capture the readers hearts and give them a glimpse into the life of Indian-American culture. It’s a novel that’s beautifully written and full of everything from love and hope to loyalty and heartache. A combination that leaves the reader with indescribable feelings.

The Unexpected Son is a novel of cultural differences, secrets, and what a mother feels for her child despite thinking they are dead. Vinita is beautifully created with stunning detail, and helps to pull the reader into her life in a small Indian village, suffering from cultural wars. She’s torn between her duty to her family, and an undeniable attraction to handsomely seductive Som Kori, an older boy who has a bad reputation. Her decision results in heartache on many levels,both in her past and her present life with her husband of 25 years and their daughter.

These secrets leave her seeking forgiveness and giving forgiveness, but the question in Vinita’s heart is this: can forgiveness bridge the gap that years of unanswered questions and heartache left behind?

I was quite pleased with reading this story. It’s compelling, riveting plot leaves the reader anxious for more by the last page. This 4 star novel is high on my recommendation list, while I will be seeking more work from Bantwal! Despite the mild use of language (barely any at all), I think many people will be happy with reading this new novel by an obviously talented author.

You can purchase your copy here.

*This book was provided for review by PUYB Promotions and the author*

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