giovedì 9 giugno 2016

Review & Giveaway: Outcast by Dianne Noble


Outcast
by Dianne Noble

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GENRE: Women's fiction

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BLURB:

Rose leaves her Cornwall café to search for her daughter in the sweltering slums of Kolkata, India.

In the daily struggle for survival, she is often brought to her knees, but finds strength to overcome the poverty and disease, grows to love the Dalit community she helps.

But then there are deaths, and she fears for her own safety.
Her café at home is at risk of being torched, and finally, she has to make the terrible choice between her daughter and the Indian children.

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My Review:


This story is the courageous journey that a mother has taken from Cornwall to India to bring back her daughter at home but also to find herself. The author provides a realistic description of lives of poor people in India, it is impossible not to become attached to those sweet and unfortunate children.
Rose leaves Cornwall and ventures into a dangerous journey to India to find her daughter. In Kolkata is having to live in the Dalit community. They are very poor people but with a great enthusiasm and a lot of positivity. Her life becomes more complicated: in danger of losing her beloved cafe and especially her daughter.
It 's written wonderfully well, the style is very smooth, simple but brilliant and full of emotions. The descriptions are so vivid and realistic that really seems to be there. It's so compelling that a page leads to another. It doesn't really seem the debut novel of this author.
If you love romances with strong and courageous female  protagonists and India this book is perfect for you.


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EXCERPT:

Kolkata, India. Dec 2014
A fierce white light burning her eyes. A silent wind tearing at her skin, ripping her clothes, pitching her forward. A moment as long as infinity when gravity deserted the world and the air was sucked away. And then the terrible thunder of the explosion shaking the streets, vibrating the ground beneath her.

She raised her head to see the hotel being sucked inwards on itself with a roar, a whirlpool of glass and steel. Her tongue moved over her dust coated lips. The metallic taste of blood. Felt her vital organs shrivel with fear.

Kishan. Oh my God, Kishan.

She struggled to her feet, broken glass crunching beneath her flip flops. Felt the warm trickle of blood down her face, saw the lacerations on her hands and arms. Looked through the black smoke at the hotel, at the raging fire.

Kishan is in there.

Started forward but there was no hotel, only a burning crater. Bodies and pieces of bodies. Blood, already glossy with flies, running down the street. Within a minute the sirens were screaming.

‘Go, go.’ The policeman waved his arms and those who could stand began to stagger away. ‘Quick, quick.’

Is it another bomb?

Frantic, she followed the others. A woman wailing. A child silent with shock. An old man whose clothes hung in shreds, a white faced pregnant woman. She stepped on a dismembered leg, blood and mush at one end, a gold sandal at the other. Doubled over and vomited. As she straightened, wiping her mouth on the back of her hand a small girl in pink knickers clutched on to her arm. Rose looked at her blankly for a moment then remembered.



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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I was brought up as a Service child in Singapore and Cyprus which ensured itchy feet forever! Journals kept on a lifetime of travelling in far flung places are now providing rich material for my writing. Readers will be transported to exotic and atmospheric settings in the company of women responding to enormous challenges.

I am currently writing a novel set in Cairo about a forced marriage, and re-editing an earlier manuscript about an English woman trying to help the street children of Kolkata, India.



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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

Dianne Noble will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


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16 commenti:

  1. What was the hardest part about writing Outcast?

    RispondiElimina
    Risposte
    1. Probably re-living it as I wrote. It was written from personal experience. I worked for several months with homeless street children in Kolkata and writing the novel reminded me of how distressed I had been there. On the plus side there were many happy incidents too! The children were very loveable and it was a life altering time for me.

      Elimina
  2. Happy Friday and thanks so much for the chance to win your great giveaway

    RispondiElimina
  3. My pleasure entirely. I hope you are successful!

    RispondiElimina
  4. Risposte
    1. Thank you! It was a tragic part of the story where Rose had found love, only to lose it again. She goes on, however, to find an inner strength to enable her to continue her work.

      Elimina
  5. I loved your review, makes me look forward to reading this one even more! :). Thanks for sharing.

    RispondiElimina
    Risposte
    1. Even though I say it myself it's a really good read with many layers. Different people's problems and journeys through life, India itself which is a book on its own.

      Elimina
  6. I really enjoyed reading the excerpt, thank you!

    RispondiElimina
    Risposte
    1. If you go on to Amazon you can probably read at least the first chapter for free. Tempt you even more! The story starts in Rose's café in Cornwall, England and she's just heard her daughter's gone missing.

      Elimina
  7. thank you for the chance to win :)

    RispondiElimina
  8. Thank you for the giveaway and all the work put into this.

    RispondiElimina
  9. Good Monday morning and start of a great week. Thanks for the chance to win

    RispondiElimina
  10. I enjoyed reading the excerpt. This book sounds like such an interesting and intriguing read. Looking forward to checking out this book.

    RispondiElimina
  11. Thank you for your honest review. I am really enjoying the book tour. Thank you for the giveaway! And for all the father's who may come across this post I would like to wish them a Happy Father's Day! :)

    RispondiElimina

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