The Unexpected Daughter: A Novel

…An impressive, culturally informative, and engaging love story filled with conflicts….” – Kirkus Reviews

The Unexpected Daughter redefines love, family, and traditions, as it chronicles the intersection of three people thrown together in ways they could never have predicted, much less desired. Their only option for surviving in their here and now is to come to terms with pasts they can’t desert and ghosts they can’t escape.

Jennifer, a young professional raised in the South, meets Roshan, an Indian immigrant who moved to the United States as a young child with his widowed mother, Esha. Esha has devoted herself to her only surviving child, not only for his own good and for the maintenance of traditional Indian values, but also for her own life.
Roshan understands his responsibility as his mother’s life raft, but when the forbidden desires he shares with Jennifer lead to a tumultuous relationship, all three of their lives get tangled in an inseparable web of passions, lies, and addictions.
Rich with colorful characters and engaging subplots, The Unexpected Daughter swiftly weaves romance with loss and heartache amid life’s rapid fire of healing old memories and facing new challenges, all in a swirl of cultures and personalities grown on opposite sides of the world.


Here is what reviewers are saying about the book:

The Unexpected Daughter delivers… a story of a modern multicultural family as they come to terms with their past and grow together, navigating love, loyalty, addiction, ambition, death, birth and celebration….Life.  A wonderful debut!” – Jen, as shared on Book Nation by Jen

”As a reader, you will find yourself invested in these characters lives as they make decisions, whether good or bad, as they take this roller coaster ride called life together…I highly recommend this book. You will not be disappointed.” – Paula, as shared on Goodreads

“…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 rawness…” -CN, as shared on

“…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!)” – JB3, as shared on

“This story will shed light on the intricacies of relationships between parents and their adult children. You find that you care about these characters and want to get back to this story.” – RBC, as shared on

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