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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Three people’s lives intersect in a tumultuous yet redeeming way that none of them could have ever predicted. Jenny is a young professional from the South with an upbringing she wants to forget. She meets Roshan, an Indian immigrant who has moved to the United States with his mother, Esha, to escape family ghosts. With strong cultural tradition, Esha has devoted her entire ...more
Paperback, 380 pages
Published 2016 by Sheryl Parbhoo
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Jennifer Blankfein
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I loved this story, enjoyed following each character as they fought their own personal battles and learned a lot about Indian culture and tradition along the way! Roshan and Jenny have a unique friendship that grows into more but they resist the temptation to commit, he due to his Indian background, customs and parental influences
Mar 15, 2017 added it
Wow! What a neat story! It was very satisfying to experience the significant/organic growth of the characters, at the expense of deep-seated (yet, oft-times, out-dated) "traditions." For, it was only in the relinquishing of strict traditions that pure love expressed, and transformed this family! (What a journey!)

I was surprised to find myself as emotionally invested in the characters as I was...Plus, I learned a lot about Indian food/culture!

The author has a great knack for painting vivid images
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I know a thing or two or three about inter-cultural marriage and author Sheryl Parbhoo does too! There is so much to love about this book. The pacing is perfect as it allows you to get to know the characters. I like the way the story is told from three perspectives, that of, Jenny Jenkins, blonde southerner with a dysfunctional family she'd care not to talk about. Roshan Desai, an Indian immigrant who came to the U.S. as a young boy. He's been straddling two cultures for years, but it's been a s ...more
Susan Peterson
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Unexpected Daughter is a riveting and complex story about cultural differences, addiction, and family. The story is told from three points of view; Jenny, a young white woman who has faced numerous disappointments in her life, making it hard to trust anyone enough to let them in; Roshan, Jenny’s next friend who is torn between his Indian culture and family and his love for Jenny; Esha, Roshan’s mother who wants to keep Roshan insulated in his culture. These three fascinating characters clash ...more
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I was very fortunate to win a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. We read books for many different reasons. We read for entertainment, to escape reality for awhile, to educate ourselves, for comfort and for inspiration. The Unexpected Daughter is written in a way that will fulfill any reader's reason for choosing to read it. There is a message of family, love, courage, compassion & tolerance amidst pain, loss, ignorance & emotional struggle.

The story follows main characters Roshan, his mo
Thelma Fountain
Mar 29, 2017 rated it liked it
I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway. The introduction to Indian culture that this book provides is very interesting. I learned so much about about their ideas about family. I had a real hard time with the Character Roshan He was so immature I just did not like him. His mother Esha struggled with cultural issues that I struggled to relate to but she did not strike me as unlikable. she was not so self focused the way Roshan acted and thought. This was a very interesting read and did shine ...more
Jul 12, 2017 rated it liked it
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Christy Nunez
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sheryl writes engaging characters and definitely captures the reader's attention from the get-go. Even without the same cultural backgrounds, the characters and stories are relatable in a universal way... cultural struggles, familial backgrounds and expectations, baggage, battling your own demons, and making your own future. Her characters are flawed individuals, making good, questionable, and even horrible decisions. And that's what I enjoyed... it's not trite or sappy, but has depth and rawnes ...more
May 25, 2017 rated it liked it
An interesting collection of complex characters who drive you crazy with their decidedly human flaws- just like real people in real life. I was pleased that the 3 main characters were not paragons of virtue and were presented "warts and all". The evolution of the relationships over time, through trying circumstances and challenges and from different cultural perspectives, kept me interested throughout the book.
I enjoyed the author's writing style quite a bit although I was distracted by numerous
Carla Suto
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
THE UNEXPECTED DAUGHTER by Sheryl Parbhoo is a compelling story of love, family and the challenges of modern intercultural relationships. It is told from the perspectives of Roshan Desai, his mother Esha and his wife Jenny. Esha and Roshan moved to the US from India when Roshan was a young boy to escape a shameful family tragedy. As a single mother, Esha has raised Roshan within the strict traditions of their Indian culture and has tried to help them both forget their dark past. Jenny is a South ...more
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting book. It is a story of two people from different cultures coming together. The story line is over several years which also makes it very interesting. I learned a lot about Indian culture as well. The plot goes in many different directions which adds to the story. In the end we really are not all that different. We are expected to do certain things no matter the culture and there are always those addictive personalities which try to drag us down. I could relate in many ...more
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
Interesting plot but unfortunately the writing didn't live up to my expectations. The best parts were the author's wonderful descriptions of the delicious sounding Indian food. And the introduction of the cultural mores involving arranged marriages and caring for/pleasing ones family were interesting. But characters were shallow and dialog fell flat many times. ...more
Veronica White
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book, an absolute must read!
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would have rated it higher if not for the plethora of typos. Seriously, about every 4 pages contained a typo.
Elizabeth McKay
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really wonderful book! Great storytelling and engaging characters. I highly recommend this one.
Melissa Monk
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story!

Enjoyed this book until the end. It was a good read. So sad how it takes so long for us to realize we need help. This books shows us how important it is to accept others as they are.
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Sheryl Parbhoo is an author and blogger. A native southerner, her interest in culture led to a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Memphis. Her longing for the spice of life culminated when she married her high school sweetheart, a South African Indian immigrant, and became a stay-at-home mom to their five children for over 20 years.

Sheryl has blogged for years about her spicy masala/sout

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