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Why does growing up have to be so difficult? Daly English is having a harder time than most. Her future as an artist is unclear, her relationship with her mother is damaged beyond repair, and—to top it all off—her long-term boyfriend is having an affair. When Daly befriends two unlikely individuals—first a pregnant teen, and then a light-hearted charmer from India—her cyni Why does growing up have to be so difficult? Daly English is having a harder time than most. Her future as an artist is unclear, her relationship with her mother is damaged beyond repair, and—to top it all off—her long-term boyfriend is having an affair. When Daly befriends two unlikely individuals—first a pregnant teen, and then a light-hearted charmer from India—her cynicism begins to melt away. Meghann provides insight into Daly's life and an endless stream of good advice, comforting Daly despite her own less fortunate position. Kashi proves he cares too much about Daly to let her fade into the background of her own life. After a series of false starts, their quirky romance carries them to India, where Daly must win the approval of Kashi's family in order to seal their "forever." Will these friendships be enough to turn around Daly's directionless life? Will she move past the hurt and learn to trust again? Or will her mother, once again, ruin everything she's worked so hard to achieve? Torn Together, Emlyn Chand's first sojourn into Literary New Adult Fiction, weaves a tale of friendship, dreams, and a lingering loss, while illustrating how our similarities often drive us apart.


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Why does growing up have to be so difficult? Daly English is having a harder time than most. Her future as an artist is unclear, her relationship with her mother is damaged beyond repair, and—to top it all off—her long-term boyfriend is having an affair. When Daly befriends two unlikely individuals—first a pregnant teen, and then a light-hearted charmer from India—her cyni Why does growing up have to be so difficult? Daly English is having a harder time than most. Her future as an artist is unclear, her relationship with her mother is damaged beyond repair, and—to top it all off—her long-term boyfriend is having an affair. When Daly befriends two unlikely individuals—first a pregnant teen, and then a light-hearted charmer from India—her cynicism begins to melt away. Meghann provides insight into Daly's life and an endless stream of good advice, comforting Daly despite her own less fortunate position. Kashi proves he cares too much about Daly to let her fade into the background of her own life. After a series of false starts, their quirky romance carries them to India, where Daly must win the approval of Kashi's family in order to seal their "forever." Will these friendships be enough to turn around Daly's directionless life? Will she move past the hurt and learn to trust again? Or will her mother, once again, ruin everything she's worked so hard to achieve? Torn Together, Emlyn Chand's first sojourn into Literary New Adult Fiction, weaves a tale of friendship, dreams, and a lingering loss, while illustrating how our similarities often drive us apart.

30 review for Torn Together

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Storm

    This little novel has had a very long journey to publication. It's my third full-length novel, but it's the first one I wrote. This is the book that made me a writer. I can't wait to share my story and make you all feel depressed :-P This little novel has had a very long journey to publication. It's my third full-length novel, but it's the first one I wrote. This is the book that made me a writer. I can't wait to share my story and make you all feel depressed :-P

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paula Tohline Calhoun

    It is once again my privilege to introduce to you, and hopefully to entice you, to read a book by Emlyn Chand. Emlyn has been an especially good blog friend of mine, almost from the beginning of my blogging “career.” She wants me to assure you, however, that my personal relationship with Ms. Chand does in no way affect the content of this review. I respect her talents far too much ever to do what is, in my mind, an injustice to the whole concept of Emlyn’s venture, “Novel Publicity.” For more in It is once again my privilege to introduce to you, and hopefully to entice you, to read a book by Emlyn Chand. Emlyn has been an especially good blog friend of mine, almost from the beginning of my blogging “career.” She wants me to assure you, however, that my personal relationship with Ms. Chand does in no way affect the content of this review. I respect her talents far too much ever to do what is, in my mind, an injustice to the whole concept of Emlyn’s venture, “Novel Publicity.” For more information on this wonderful organization, which does its best to highlight the work of authors both experienced or brand new to the “biz,” please visit the Novel Publicity website and read more about it here. The name of Emlyn’s newest book is “Torn Together.” The title alone is enough to draw almost anyone in – at least long enough to read the flyleaf (or whatever passes for one in the e-book trade!). Reading the synopsis is then more than enough of an invitation to get a cup of tea, coffee, or cocoa, and find yourself a nice comfortable place to sit down, relax and get to know some wonderful people: Daly (sounds like tally), Laine, Meghann, Kashi, and a host of Kashi’s family in India. Each of the characters that populate this book, (Emlyn’s first venture up and away from the Young Adult genre into standard Adult Fiction), is someone you feel you either know or at least know of. Each has their share of grief and joy, although the shares are not equal, and each deals with the twists and turns of their lives in a different manner. ”Torn Together” is the story of how the lives of the characters have been torn apart, more or less left to ravel, and how such apparent ruin can be and is mended – not back to what it was, but refashioned into a new and less fragile, reinforced whole. Daly English is a talented, but floundering 20-year-old artist, who lives with her mother, Laine, a dedicated and capable social worker. We meet the two of them several years after the death of Oliver, Daly’s idolized father and Laine’s beloved husband. Despite the fact that a significant amount of time has passed since Oliver’s tragic death from cancer, neither Daly nor Laine has managed to dig themselves out of the grave they dug for themselves to isolate them from the world in which they once lived together as a happy family. An angry Daly has no room in her heart for her mother’s heartache – that heartache made manifest in her emotional abandonment of Daly, and the constant reading and re-reading of her collection of books. For Laine the books help her immerse herself back into the world she once had but lost when Oliver died. Daly was her “Daddy’s girl,” and in her grief she is either unable or unwilling to recognize her mother’s need for solace or comfort. As the years pass, the fabric of their lives is gradually torn apart, as individuals and as mother and daughter. Daly keeps herself busy with sketching, painting, and various visual arts. She wants very much to attend art school, but another point of contention with her mother is that since she sees art as a frivolous pursuit, she will not pay for Daly’s tuition to art school. If Daly wishes to attend, she must produce a portfolio worthy of a scholarship. Laine expresses little interest in Daly’s art and tries to convince Daly to attend school with an aim to a more useful line of work, such as nursing or social work. Laine herself is a social worker who works primarily with unwed mothers and other women in crisis. While Oliver and Laine raised Daly as an activist for social justice, Daly has no interest in making activism her sole way of life. Much of the book is written from Daly’s point of view. One of the very few criticisms I have of this book is that Laine, and the reasons for the estrangement from her daughter is kept a mystery until over half of the book has been read. Ms. Chand does, however, introduce us to Laine through the eyes of the pregnant, very young teenager Meghann, who, as one of Laine’s clients, has attached herself to Laine as a loving mother figure. We begin to see the relationship between Daly and her mother through Meghann’s perceptive and somewhat precocious eyes. The themes of fate and destiny are woven into Daly’s life by a “chance” meeting with Akash Malhotra, known as “Kashi,” a kind, mysterious, and handsome pharmacist from India with whom Daly falls in love. Kashi believes in fate, and will not begin a relationship with Daly unless it is meant to be – meaning they must “run into each other” three times before he will consider their relationship one that is supposed to be. Meghann is a survivor, or of the type of personality that sociologists refer to as “invulnerable.” She is from an affluent family, and their social prestige is more important to them than their daughter’s welfare and what to them is the embarrassing predicament of their 8th-grade daughter’s pregnancy. Because her parents are angry, and wanting little or nothing to do with her, Meghann seeks out and finds help and support at the crisis center where Laine works, and the work of mending is begun. Daly and Kashi have their third chance meeting, and that begins the relationship that blooms into love, and leads her and Kashi on a trip to Kashi’s native home in New Delhi. The Indian tradition of marriages prearranged by the parents is a stumbling block on the journey to a new and happy life for Daly and Kashi. A great deal of hurt and alienation – further rending of their lives – takes place before the difficult job of repairs and reparation can begin. Learning how the story ends is your task – should you choose to accept it. I sincerely hope that you will. Ms. Chand’s writing improves with every book and she has far exceeded my expectations in this, her first novel for adults. However, I believe that I can also recommend this book to young adults. While there are some sex scenes that are a necessary (and not gratuitous) part of the book’s story-line, “Torn Together” could definitely be part of an older teen’s reading repertoire. “Torn Together” is a story of people’s lives that are torn apart at the same time, but for different reasons and in different ways. But ultimately, the heart of the book, indeed, its charm, comes in learning how those lives are mended: not by stitching them all together into one unit, but by showing the reader that repairing the individual in the manner each one needs makes each one whole, unto themselves, and once again able to live a complete life, independent and together. My wish for you all, my Gentle Readers, is to get a copy of “Torn Together” read it, and then let me know your thoughts. And above all, I wish for each of you enough. . .

  3. 4 out of 5

    Juls

    Is it really fair to teach a life’s lesson by taking a life? I really felt as though that’s what this book was trying to do. I know it wasn’t but I thought it was cruel to take away something as perfect as Daly and Kashi. Daly’s life fell into pieces the day her father died. Not even her mother could help her through it because Laine was fighting her own battle. Ever since that day their relationship was barely together by a thin thread. With each passing day it got worse and before they knew it Is it really fair to teach a life’s lesson by taking a life? I really felt as though that’s what this book was trying to do. I know it wasn’t but I thought it was cruel to take away something as perfect as Daly and Kashi. Daly’s life fell into pieces the day her father died. Not even her mother could help her through it because Laine was fighting her own battle. Ever since that day their relationship was barely together by a thin thread. With each passing day it got worse and before they knew it mother and daughter were strangers living together. Laine is a social worker and is mentoring Meghann. Meghann is a freshman in high school and is pregnant. She doesn’t have the best life at home and finds comfort with Laine and Daly. The friendship with Daly might have been forced at the beginning but before long they become very close. Daly is kind of jealous of the easy relationship between her mother and Meghann but soon she realizes that there’s nothing to be jealous about. Meghann might be hanging around more but she’s showing both her and her mother that they must work together to patch what’s been broken in the years they’ve fallen apart. Three fateful occasions later Daly and Kashi both find something they never thought they’d find. Love. And they fall fast and hard. Neither want shy away from it. They want to be in it for the long haul. But Kashi heritage wont allow their union. Can he convince his parents to consent to their love or will they forbid it? Or will it all end oh so bitter sweetly? With everything that happens in all the characters lives a message, kind of muddy at times, is there. Do they learn from them? I believe so but only after all the debris is removed. 3.5 stars

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Gayle

    Emlyn Chand has this remarkable ability to bring diverse characters to life. There is nothing two-dimensional here. I wasn't crazy about Daly--I actually had more sympathy of her mother, Laine, although that could be an age thing--although she grew on me and I did care about what happened to her. Chand's YA experience came through very well in the character of Meghann, who was a delight. I hope this isn't her last women's fiction novel. Emlyn Chand has this remarkable ability to bring diverse characters to life. There is nothing two-dimensional here. I wasn't crazy about Daly--I actually had more sympathy of her mother, Laine, although that could be an age thing--although she grew on me and I did care about what happened to her. Chand's YA experience came through very well in the character of Meghann, who was a delight. I hope this isn't her last women's fiction novel.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Blue

    When it comes to review writing, there are some books that are so easy to reflect on that the words come easily and naturally without much thought, and then there are the books on the other side of the spectrum, which are extremely difficult to write about. As a reviewer, you want to give your readers enough information about the book without spoiling the experience for them, but you also want to give them honest information so that if they pick up the book because of you, they’re not foiled by When it comes to review writing, there are some books that are so easy to reflect on that the words come easily and naturally without much thought, and then there are the books on the other side of the spectrum, which are extremely difficult to write about. As a reviewer, you want to give your readers enough information about the book without spoiling the experience for them, but you also want to give them honest information so that if they pick up the book because of you, they’re not foiled by your words. Without that being a challenging enough feat as it is, you sometimes then get the added complication of a book like Torn Together which leaves you with so many mixed emotions that you’re not entirely sure where to begin, let alone what to include within the review. Therefore, for once, I have decided to scrap the way I normally do reviews, and to simply write this in the best way I can right now. Before I started reading Torn Together, I was actually a little torn myself. Generally speaking, I get a little nervous when it comes to reading romance novels as I’m extremely picky with how I like my romance. Most of the time, I prefer it when the romance is a sub-plot to a much larger story. You may ask then, why did I bother even attempting to read Torn Together? The answer is easy; I wanted to try something new. I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and using my blog as a branch to do it. Fortunately, after having completed this book, I am so glad that I took the leap because Torn Together is a book that I truly enjoyed and am incredibly happy that I read. Emlyn Chand’s writing style took me a small while to get used to – or just reverting back to a kindle after many paperback’s could have been the problem – but once I was used to the style, I found myself enjoying the book. It was creative, unique, and imaginative, and in all honesty, I devoured every single page in the book with ease and anticipation. Chand takes you out of your daily life and pulls you first into the mundane life of Oxford, Michigan, before flying out of your comfort zone and landing you in New Delhi, India. I loved this part of the book. Embracing new cultures is something that I have always enjoyed – some of my favourite films are foreign films as they encapsulate different cultures incredibly well – and witnessing Daly’s transformation in this city was a part of the book that really spoke to me. I could really imagine the place due to Chand’s impeccable description, and felt it was the perfect setting for the story. When it comes to romance, insta-love is really something that I struggle to get my head around and I feel it is important to add this in here because Torn Together is an insta-love story. The reason I dislike this style of romance is because I enjoy reading how the relationship develops over time, I like feeling like I, too, am falling head over heels for the other guy and while it was disappointing that I never truly felt that in this book, and while it was actually the only major problem I had with the book, I soon found myself truly affected by this relationship – my heart beating in tune with their relationship completely. Honestly, for me to still truly love a book that has insta-love at its centre is quite astonishing, but I would mention that if you’re also not a fan of this style, while this book may not be for you, I would recommend you read it but also to stick with it. Don’t give up halfway through, you’ll be rewarded if you continue. All of the characters in this book were riveting. They all had interesting personalities and were all really well written. I loved that they all went on their own personal journeys throughout the story and that it wasn’t just one story changing. Chand has a way of bringing the right emotions throughout and due to this I found myself connecting with and empathising with the characters on the page as though they were real people in my life. There were many times when I cheered in happiness or wished to reach through my reading device and hug them for one reason or another. Aside from the insta-love romance, the plot of this book was incredibly riveting and powerful. The final messages of the story were deep and full of intensity. I found myself rippling through the last few chapters of the book, my mind wanting to devour the information in my hands as the plot finally came to a close. There were many different sub-plots interlinking throughout the book but it was when the story finally ended that it was clear the biggest sub-plot of them all was actually the main relationship. This story was not about the insta-love, it was about familial love and friendships. It was about not taking life around you for granted but opening your eyes and making note of what was around you and just holding it and treasuring it for dear life. It was about moving on, staying strong, but never forgetting. A book that takes you on an incredible journey. Overall, Torn Together is a book that I would highly recommend to others. It is inspirational, full of creativity, and holds such deep and powerful words that it is hard not to enjoy every single moment of it. It is one of those books that has an ending which makes you reflect on the rest of your book and changes how you interpret the rest of it. It is an enjoyable read and one that I doubt you will regret reading about. Unfortunately, the insta-love did almost make me stop reading as it got a little bit unbearable in the middle but I was incredibly glad that I decided to continue reading and I hope that if you do the same, that you will too. This is an incredibly powerful book that I feel you would be missing out not to read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Torn Together is a poignant story about the complexities of relationships and learning to cope with loss, being able to trust, experiencing love that is lost and found, dealing with societal issues and embracing new beginnings. For Daly and Laine English, the death of their father and husband to cancer ten years ago had a devastating effect on both of them, for each dealt with the loss in a solitary way that pushed their relationship to the limit. Daly was only twelve years old when her father pa Torn Together is a poignant story about the complexities of relationships and learning to cope with loss, being able to trust, experiencing love that is lost and found, dealing with societal issues and embracing new beginnings. For Daly and Laine English, the death of their father and husband to cancer ten years ago had a devastating effect on both of them, for each dealt with the loss in a solitary way that pushed their relationship to the limit. Daly was only twelve years old when her father passed away, he was her world, the only one who believed in her dream of becoming an artist. Now ten years later at the age of twenty-two, all that she has left is a journal of memories and the dream to attend art school. Laine struggles with her husband's death and widowhood by retreating into the world of books while pushing Daly away and focusing on her duties as a social worker / counselor at a local crisis pregnancy center. What neither had was an open and warm mother-daughter relationship that they could cling to, embrace and help them move forward. When Daly catches Rick her boyfriend of two years cheating on her, Daly's world is turned upside down. But destiny intervenes and brings two people into Daly's life who will unexpectedly change the way Daly views her life and the world around her, and repair the torn relationship that she has with Laine. When Daly meets Akash "Kashi" Malhotra, he teaches her to open herself up and enjoy life. Their romance will take them on a journey to his homeland of India, where societal contrast of culture and traditions are tested. Laine introduces Daly to Meghann, a pregnant teenager that she counsels at the crisis center. Laine's hope is that Daly will be a positive role model for the young mother-to-be, when in fact it is Meghann that shows both Laine and Daly how to cope with adversity with strength, grace and faith. For what can be torn apart can ultimately be put back together. Torn Together is a beautifully written story combining romance with the complexities of relationships and life experiences. Written in a thoughtful style, the author weaves an emotional tale in the third person narrative that engages the reader to follow the mother-daughter story of Daly and Laine, along with Kashi and Meghann who would help to change their lives. Author Emlyn Chand takes the readers on an emotional roller coaster ride, you can't help but feel the gamut of emotions as the story unfolds, this is a powerful story filled with hope yet has a bittersweet poignancy that will simply touch your heart and soul. Rich in detail and vivid descriptions, the author transports the reader to the mystical country of India. With wonderful descriptions of the Indian culture and traditions, you could easily close your eyes and picture being among the people, sights and sounds of that country. The author also provides wonderful illustrations and a snippet from Daly's journal entry at the beginning of each chapter. The author's strength lies in her ability to create a cast of characters who are realistic, easy to embrace and relate to. I loved the complexity that makes up both Daly and Laine's personalities. I was fascinated with their troubled relationship, you can't help but get caught up in their struggles and feelings, their dialogue and interactions are palpable. The addition of Meghann into their relationship was priceless. This young girl who has a soul older than her years teaches the mother and daughter how to cope with adversity and learn to trust through strength, grace and faith, in order to heal and rebuild their relationship. I would be remiss if I didn't mention my favorite character, Kashi. This thoughtful young man simply stole my heart with his positive attitude and easy going demeanor. He brings out the best in Daly, their romance was like a breath of fresh air, he teaches her to embrace the moment and believe in destiny even when a twist of fate could bring a bittersweet change to their lives. Torn Together is so much more than a love story, it is a powerful and compelling story of relationships and life experiences that will resonate with you long after the last words have been read. Author Emlyn Chand has branched out from writing YA fiction with this wonderfully inspiring Women's Fiction, I hope that she will consider writing more novels in this genre. Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Reading Addiction Blog Tours. http://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chrissy

    Where should she go now? Her few friends left over from high school had all gone on to universities peppered across the country, and she'd spent so much time with Rick during the past two years, she hadn't even bothered to make new friends—didn't think she'd be needing them. Should she return home? That idea left just as soon as it came. After all, the last person she wanted to spend any time with was her cold, uncaring mother... Aspiring artist Daly is no stranger to heartbreak and isolation Where should she go now? Her few friends left over from high school had all gone on to universities peppered across the country, and she'd spent so much time with Rick during the past two years, she hadn't even bothered to make new friends—didn't think she'd be needing them. Should she return home? That idea left just as soon as it came. After all, the last person she wanted to spend any time with was her cold, uncaring mother... Aspiring artist Daly is no stranger to heartbreak and isolation. Her father died of cancer, her boyfriend left her for another woman, and her mother maintained a cold distance from Daly at all costs. She has no close friends or family members, no successful job, and no real hope for the future. Her art, although impressively skilled, showed no real passion. Would it be too much to ask for Daly to find love and closeness somewhere in her life? Although Daly's mother, Laine, is insensitive and unfeeling towards her own daughter, she seems to have no lack of motherly instinct towards Meghann, the young pregnant teenager that Laine is counseling lately. When Laine insists that Daly spend time with Laine, providing the friendship and advice that will be much greater appreciated by someone closer to Meghann's age, Daly has no idea that this young woman will soon change her life in ways that she could have never imagined. If we are meant to meet again, we will. The universe will push us together in the most unexpected of ways. And when Daly runs into Kashi, a friendly, handsome Indian gentleman who instantly strikes up a conversation and a spark with Daly, she finds herself undeniably drawn to his charming, compassionate ways. Although she wishes to pursue a future with the kind stranger, Kashi advises Daly that he is not yet ready to chase this new passion. Instead, he will let fate determine their future. If they meet up twice again, then fate has decided the relationship to be worth a future. Resistant to opening her heart and mind first to Meghann and now to Kashi, Daly struggles to overcome the iciness of her relationship with her mother to seek something different in her new friendships. When a trip to India inspires Daly to look beyond herself to embrace relationships in an entirely new manner, Daly learns important lessons about love, loss, inspiration, and family that will forever change the way she views not only herself but also the world around her as well. Trust in Fate, Daly.... I was completely and totally surprised by how much I really fell in love with TORN TOGETHER. The characters were relatable and the story was incredibly well written, keeping my interest from start to finish, all the while taking me on a crazy emotional roller-coaster that made this reading experience one that will be particularly memorable, I think. Chand just explores so many thoughts and feelings throughout the novel, ranging from love to loss -- from isolation to true togetherness on so many levels. I adored the way that Daly described her passion for her heart and the way she allowed two strangers to become her muse, inspiring heartfelt works full of depth and beauty. I also appreciated the common ground that Daly found with Laine, especially when her mother was finally able to put her grief into words, relating to her daughter on a level that was never expected in the beginning of the novel. And then that trip to India! The descriptions were so magical that I nearly felt as if I were there myself. Kashi was an amazing love interest, so thoughtful, compassionate, and truly family oriented without seeming overly perfect or stereotypical at all. The way in which he tried to balance his family's traditional beliefs with his own new personal aspirations was just so sensitive and beautifully handled in such a way that really added depth to the relationship. Without giving away too many details, that one big event near the end of the story really just had me STUNNED! I definitely hadn't expected this novel to be such a tearjerker, but I was so invested in all of the characters that I felt Daly's pain right along with her! TORN TOGETHER is definitely a beautiful, emotional story not only about love and family, but also about the roots of inspiration, distance, and finding one's self among all of the outside chaos of the world. I give this one two thumbs up and I wholeheartedly recommend this novel to anyone who wants to FEEL a good story. Give it a try. You won't be disappointed.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Inga

    My review: Emlyn Chand is a wonderful author and her novel Torn Together well-written. The language flows very smoothly, it is easy to read and you find yourself in a world which you can easily relate to and amongst captivating characters. What caught my eye even before I really could start reading was the design of the book. Not so much the cover, but inside the book. Each chapter starts with a small artwork together with the sentence which describes the chapter and besides that, you can actuall My review: Emlyn Chand is a wonderful author and her novel Torn Together well-written. The language flows very smoothly, it is easy to read and you find yourself in a world which you can easily relate to and amongst captivating characters. What caught my eye even before I really could start reading was the design of the book. Not so much the cover, but inside the book. Each chapter starts with a small artwork together with the sentence which describes the chapter and besides that, you can actually see, from which point of view this chapter is told from. I liked the idea a lot! It's a brilliant way of both catching the interest, but also describing the main story line. Loved it! Plot: Daly is a lonely young woman with cheating boyfriend, emotionally unattached mother and dad, who died several years ago. This is the picture which you get quite quickly when starting reading. When Daly meets Kashi, a very charming man from India, Daly's world changes. She is step by step finding her faith again, learning how to open up and start trusting. Besides Kashi, Daly finds another unexpected friend in a teenager mom Meghann, who is introduced to Daly through her own mother. Daly's mother, Laine is Meghann's councilor and what start like a favor for Laine, Daly actually finds a wonderful friend in Meghann. As Kashi's and Daly's relationship develops, it gets more certain that these two belong together and they have both deserved happily ever after. But this is where the author surprises you and turns the story to a very unexpected path. I think that was one of the best things which happened in Torn Together - the sudden story development which is both heart-wrenching as it is surprising and brilliant. After a tragedy, everything changes again and Daly finds herself in the middle of the worst and biggest battle of her life. Characters: Daly was a nice young woman, who seemed a tad boring for my taste in the beginning of the book. boy, does she grow during the novel! I grew on Daly quite quickly right after she decided to take a huge step and travel to India with Kashi. For me, this was the turning point for a good book turning into a very good novel. I loved seeing Daly grow as a woman and as a person. I cheered for her when her relationship to her mom improved and I ached for her through her losses. I think that I have a slightly different opinion on Kashi compared to many other readers of the book, but I was not a very big fan of Kashi. Don't get me wrong, I did like him, but I did not love him. I think he was weak in the moment where Daly needed him most. When his own family got more important and he was obeying his parents wishes, I found myself thinking: Daly you are so much better off without him. It's probably because I have never and will never understand how grown up man can not defend the love of his life in front of his mother and turns into what I call a mommy's boy. I do understand that it is due to cultural differences and the circumstances in the story also changed, but I would probably not have forgiven him as easily as Daly did. Meghann was my favorite character in the novel. She was so admirable and strong for her age. I loved the way the author saw her: with strong faith to God and better life, very mature love for her unborn son. She was a person, I would love to meet in person. Alone against all the odds, she had a will made of iron and heart made of gold. I also liked Laine. During the first chapters when I realized that she loved reading, I already liked Laine! Laine was complicated character. She loved her husband and she died inwardly together with her husband. I can understand that, for me she was easy to relate to. I was so happy to she when she helped Daly through the tragedy, was there for her and I admired her when she manned up for the last scenes in the book, taking Daly with her to a plain trip. It was beautiful and emotional, so I cried while reading. There are many other wonderful characters in Torn Together. Emlyn is absolutely wonderful character creator and did an excellent job with all of them! Generally: Torn Together by Emlyn Chand is a fantastic read. The story is engrossing and you will be carrying the characters of the book with you in your heart long after the book is finished. It was really that good!

  9. 4 out of 5

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    This is a story about Daly and is told by her. We are introduced to an artistic girl who has had it rough in her life. She lost her father quite some time back and her mother withdrew from her at the same time. She never really got a closure and is still grieving her dad. Trying to cope with the loss and handling her school work so that she could get a scholarship an Art school without any support from her mother is difficult enough. The only bright spot in her life was her boyfriend until she c This is a story about Daly and is told by her. We are introduced to an artistic girl who has had it rough in her life. She lost her father quite some time back and her mother withdrew from her at the same time. She never really got a closure and is still grieving her dad. Trying to cope with the loss and handling her school work so that she could get a scholarship an Art school without any support from her mother is difficult enough. The only bright spot in her life was her boyfriend until she caught him cheating on her. She thought she had reached the lowest of low point in her life with no chance of recovery. Only to have Akash a.k.a ‘Kashi’ and Meghann enter her life and turn her world upside down once again. First of all, from the summary the book had the feeling of that of a love story. I must admit that I read love stories and romance novels only when I am looking for a change in ‘flavour’. But knowing Emlyn Chand and her writing, I decided to give it a chance and picked it up during Indie-read-a-thon last weekend. And boy, am I glad! Reading ‘Torn Together’ was a bitter sweet experience. There is a ‘love story’ in it, but it is so much more than that. Besides the Kashi-Daly angle, Torn Together also deals with other relationships, loss, acceptance and social nuisances. The characters are all just amazing. Yes – each and every one of them! My favourite is Meghann. She is such a powerhouse! Daly’s life seems idyllic beside Meghann, yet she bounced back and has such a positive effect on Daly and Laine. Yes, she’s a girl I am not likely to forget soon. I understand Laine and Daly’s plight too but only up to a point. It is not easy to get over the loss of a loved one but instead of supporting and healing each other – they drift apart. It would have been easier on both of them if only they had concentrated on what they had instead of what they had lost. Unfortunately it is something that often happens in our lives. But I have to admit that Laine is strong. Kashi is a sweet but typical Indian boy from a typical Indian middle class family. Jaya and Mishti also reflect today’s generation of spirited and independent women of India perfectly. But what I loved the most was seeing my country through Daly’s eyes. I have to admit that I have often wondered how the tourists see our country. From the organized life to the chaos on Indian streets – it has to be a shock. So, I thoroughly enjoyed Daly’s experience in India, from the moment she landed at the airport till she went back. The auto ride, the triple riding on a scooter to the Cannaught Place shopping experience – it was all fun. The author has managed to catch the true essence of the life of the Indian middle class life and portray it through Kashi’s family very well. Emlyn Chand is truly an author of high caliber. Her capabilities of narration and story-telling can never be questioned, but to be able to touch hearts with both paranormal/ fantasy and women’s literary fiction is not an easy job. They are so different from each other, yet she makes it all seem so simple. I, for one, am not going to miss out any of her works ever.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Every once in a while a book comes along that makes you feel, that pulls at your heart, and leaves you thinking. And often those books also come along with the question, why did the author just crush me that way? This is one of those books. In a oh so good way. I have read everyone of Chand's previous YA books (And her children's books as well) and looked forward to reading this book for a while. And the wait was well worth it. For me the strength of Torn Together lies in it's honesty. In it's ab Every once in a while a book comes along that makes you feel, that pulls at your heart, and leaves you thinking. And often those books also come along with the question, why did the author just crush me that way? This is one of those books. In a oh so good way. I have read everyone of Chand's previous YA books (And her children's books as well) and looked forward to reading this book for a while. And the wait was well worth it. For me the strength of Torn Together lies in it's honesty. In it's ability to be real with the character's feelings. And to allow it's self to not follow the standard happily ever after format. An author has to truly believe in their self and their work to step out of that comfort zone. And Emlyn Chand does it flawlessly. Also notable is, once again, how she seamlessly blends American and Hindi culture , transporting you to the streets of Bali with such vivid descriptions you can almost feel the rickshaw hurtling you down crowded streets. (The part of the book that took place in India was hands down some of my favorite chapters.) The heart of this book is in it's exploration of relationships and how they effect us and mold us. Which ones are important to us, and which ones are painful. There is no question that Daly has been shaped by the standoffish relationship she has had with her mother for most of her adolescence. It has caused her to close herself off and not let anyone in. It takes Meghan, who to me is the unsung hero of this book, to bridge the gap between the two women and forge the common ground that untimely brings them together. The character of Meghan is one who, in other circumstances, could easily be written off as a wasted life. But Chand builds her into a resourceful and spiritual young women who's strength causes her to shine in the face of adversity. As much as Kashi teaches Daly to let go and live in the moment, to love again. Meghan teaches her how to trust and heal. The importance of Mehgan as a character in this book in relation to Daly and Laine, and their healing, can not be overlooked. Kashi. His character is just lovable from the start. You could see why Daly falls head over heels for him in no time. The bittersweet relationship they share will touch you in it's honesty. I can't talk too much about Kashi for fear I will give away a key component of the plot. (I really don't like to post spoilers.) I can just say I had to stop reading at one point because I couldn't see through my tears. The title says it all. There will be relationships in our lives that simultaneously tear us apart and throw us back together. I know the emotional place this book came from and the emotional toll it took on Emlyn to write it. And I love her for her honesty. For putting fingers to the keyboard and trusting her readers to take it into their hearts. This book will be re- read by me many times. (As many as Laine read Lady Chaterly's Lover i'm sure.) It is certainly one of those books that makes you think.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a blog tour in exchange for a fair and honest review. Fractured family relationships, unplanned teenage pregnancy and a person's personal fate are just some of the themes covered in Torn Together by Emlyn Chand. With a light touch of humor, plenty of emotional angst and likable characters, Ms. Chand drew me into her story about three different generations of women whose experiences together would shape their lives. Set in contemporary tim I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a blog tour in exchange for a fair and honest review. Fractured family relationships, unplanned teenage pregnancy and a person's personal fate are just some of the themes covered in Torn Together by Emlyn Chand. With a light touch of humor, plenty of emotional angst and likable characters, Ms. Chand drew me into her story about three different generations of women whose experiences together would shape their lives. Set in contemporary times and taking place in both the United States and India, this tale of love and second chances is guaranteed to please. An aspiring artist, Daly (pronounced like Talley), is struggling to make her dreams come true. Stuck in junior college while trying to improve her G.P.A. and get a coveted scholarship to art school, she lives at home with her distant mother. The only highlight in Daly's life is her relationship with her boyfriend, that is until she catches him with another girl. Still mourning her father's death ten years prior, Daly knows she's a magnet for nothing but sorrow. Pushed into making the acquaintanceship of a young pregnant teen her mother's trying to help, Daly soon finds herself charmed by this young woman who's trying to make the best of a difficult situation. Meeting an attractive Indian man and falling in love convinces Daly her life is finally going in the right direction. Laine, Daly's mother, is a widow still struggling with the loss of her husband. Unable to deal with her sorrow, she's let her relationship with her daughter become strained and isn't sure she knows how to repair the damage. While her own relationships have issues, the one thing Laine can count on is her ability to do her job as a social worker. Determined to help pregnant twelve year old Meghan prepare for impending motherhood, Laine soon finds herself being the one taught lessons in life. Kashi, a young pharmacist, has a simple outlook on life, if someone is meant to be in your life, you'll meet them three times. While he's instantly attracted to Daly, he refuses to ask her out until they've met by accident three times. Luckily for both of them, fate does plan for them to be involved. As Kashi and Daly spend time together, Kashi's positive outlook on life has a transforming effect on Daly's soul. Ms. Chand did a really good job developing their relationship, while physically attracted to each other, they become friends first. While this isn't a romance novel, there is a romance which takes place and which changes the lives of all the characters involved. Will Daly and Kashi be able to convince his traditional Indian parents their interracial relationship will work? Will Daly and Laine ever become the mother and daughter they once were? And will Meghan, the young pregnant teen wise beyond her years, become the kind of mother she desperately wants to be? You'll have to read Torn Together to find out. I loved it and can't wait to read more of Ms. Chand's work.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Vibina Venugopal

    Loss of a person you love can leave one devastated, some overcome those disaster becoming strong for good, while some shut them up in a shell ,away from others help and reach there by inviting more suffering to oneself..Torn together is a beautiful example of people coping up with loss, giving in to catastrophe of destiny and life and overcoming them.... Emlyn's strength is in making the character very real..Emlyn paints sharp contrasts of attitude through characters, Liane absorbs into her shel Loss of a person you love can leave one devastated, some overcome those disaster becoming strong for good, while some shut them up in a shell ,away from others help and reach there by inviting more suffering to oneself..Torn together is a beautiful example of people coping up with loss, giving in to catastrophe of destiny and life and overcoming them.... Emlyn's strength is in making the character very real..Emlyn paints sharp contrasts of attitude through characters, Liane absorbs into her shell , shooing away her daughter becoming stranger ...Loss of Oliver brought different strokes in his family, Daly chose her art- painting to get away from it, while for Liane his wife it was books and charity center...But none face it but letting the pain eat them up...There are few tale that stays on even after reading this one is a sweet one with lot of depth and life into it.. Daly is an aspiring artist with a real talent in painting, pencil sketch while her mother Liane has plans of getting into some professional course, real thing she calls it...Torn apart from her mother after her fathers death , mother and daughter share a chemistry that of strangers, they avoid everything in their hands to be with each other, only if they knew that it takes two people to make a relation, they would have been in a better swing altogether...A cheating boy friend caught red hand only makes Daly's life worse...Meghann a pregnent teenager enters the life of these women showing Daly and Liane how to cope with adversity with dignity and faith...When Akash Malhotra, Kashi a handsome , charming young man becomes Daly's soulmate in a short span , Daly learns to live life in moments of life... Kashi tells Dally that life goes on no matter what, and ironically Dally is faced with that twist of fate but this time she knows how to handle it without being hard on her.. When Kashi and Daly are the focus of the plot it is warm to read them, be it an unlikely romantic place such as Zoo or finding Dally's space in Kashi's family...Kashi brings the best in her making her see the good part of life in spite of the grey..Liane who reaches out to other girls in the center helping them to overcome their trouble fails to reach out to her own daughter, yet she stands by her daughter when she needs her by the closing of the novel...Kashi's family in India and their reciprocation to Daly showed beautuful example to highlight the contrast of culture and tradition... Emlyn amazingly accompanies nature draw parallel to human mood brightening the horizon like a warm mid spring day...Rage, disappointment, hatred are part of human emotions yet if we can have a grip over i,t they would help us to be a better person..This book is a wonderful read for anyone who loves to read..Just sit back and relax..

  13. 5 out of 5

    KyBunnies

    I admit that I do not like comparing authors against each other. Authors have their own style and no one will ever write like someone else. Yes, there may be similarities. However, comparing authors against each other is like a parent comparing siblings. Everyone is different no matter what. I emailed the author earlier this week and told her I do not know if I could write a review for this book. I finished this book and immediately sent her an email. She replied and wanted to know why. My respo I admit that I do not like comparing authors against each other. Authors have their own style and no one will ever write like someone else. Yes, there may be similarities. However, comparing authors against each other is like a parent comparing siblings. Everyone is different no matter what. I emailed the author earlier this week and told her I do not know if I could write a review for this book. I finished this book and immediately sent her an email. She replied and wanted to know why. My response, I will review it but it is just simply amazing. It was better than any Danielle Steele book I have ever read. Yes, I know I compared this new, up and coming author to Danielle Steele, something I hate doing. Yet, while reading this book it had me on an emotional roller coaster. I rejoiced with Daly when she conquered something. I cried when everything feel apart. I did not know which way to turn. At the end, it all came together and I cried more. To me this book is more than just about two people meeting and falling in love. It is about overcoming demons from the past. Learning to live with your mistakes and learning from the mistakes. Learning to pick yourself up from the pit you have fallen into moving forward, to stop looking back. While reading this book I really did not like Laine. Yes, she is a parent and only wants the best for her child. Yet, she is like so many parents pushing the child to do what they want and not what the child wants. Even with Laine, being a social worker readers would think that she would not be one of those parents that drives her child away. However, the relationship that Laine and Daly have creates a realistic feel. It shows that even in fiction parents are not perfect. However, if readers will remember that Laine never overcame her grief from losing her husband. She retreated into her own world and almost forgot about Daly. Not surprising Daly took Laine’s actions as a sign of dislike. As any child that has gone through where the parent project the hurt, anger, abuse toward the child. The child starts to believe that the parent does not like them. The child believes that there is something wrong with them. Sadly, the child learns not to trust anyone. They learn that everyone will let them down. I connected with Daly in this book. I cried with her, I rejoiced when she overcame a demon from her past, I rejoiced when she learned to trust again. Then I cried again, when she lost it all. Whether I connected because I knew about the pain Daly suffered personally, or because it was such a great book. I believe it was both. Yes, I know the pain Daly suffered. Yet, the author created a work of art. I hope my review has done justice to this amazing book. Thanks for an amazing read Emlyn. The bunnies and I give this book 5 carrots.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Torn Together is a heart-wrenching story of a mother and daughter whose relationship has been damaged by grief and how they dealt with it. Daly and her mother, Laine, are both struggling to move forward with their lives following the death of Daly’s father. She tries to deal with it through art while her mother retreats into literary worlds of classic novels. As a result, Daly does not feel connected to her mother and thinks she would have been happier to have never had her as a daughter. A chanc Torn Together is a heart-wrenching story of a mother and daughter whose relationship has been damaged by grief and how they dealt with it. Daly and her mother, Laine, are both struggling to move forward with their lives following the death of Daly’s father. She tries to deal with it through art while her mother retreats into literary worlds of classic novels. As a result, Daly does not feel connected to her mother and thinks she would have been happier to have never had her as a daughter. A chance encounter with a vibrant, charming man allows Daly to put herself out into the world again, to think that maybe she can find love and happiness. Her relationship with Kashi is fun and adventurous. In just a short amount of time they recognize their feelings for each other. However, Kashi is very close to his own family and needs their acceptance and approval of Daly as a potential wife before he will allow himself to move forward to the next step. While Daly is living her life, retreating further from her mother, Laine is mentoring a pregnant teen who turns out to be shrewd observer of Laine and Daly’s relationship. Meghann pushes Daly and Laine to try and make amends, to recognize the pain and hurt each has been feeling over the years, and to move forward. I really enjoyed the characters in this story and how they were portrayed. Grief and dealing with grief is prominent in this story. Each of the characters are forced to make difficult decisions that will change their lives and are forced to deal with tragedy. But through it all there was a ribbon of lightness and humor that made you smile. I loved Daly and Kashi’s relationship. It began so unconventionally with Kashi leaving things to fate. The trip to India was fun yet informative, allowing the reader a peek into a different culture with societal pressures regarding marriage. Although Kashi’s family didn’t initially agree that Daly was a suitable wife, he took a chance and made it clear she was the only woman he was willing to marry. I did not like the ending and actually cried while reading it. I won’t go into details because I don’t want to spoil it. I do understand why it had to be that way. The series of events allows Laine to examine her own life and to finally recognize how destructive her unwillingness to deal with her grief was to her relationship with Daly. As a result, mother and daughter find a way to heal the rift between them. 4 out of 5 stars

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Daly English is a lonely artist trying to get her life in order. Unfortunately her personal life and her art are both suffering as she tries to pick herself up after a breakup. Her relationship with her mother has been tense ever since her dad died and Daly can barely stand to be around her. When her mom befriends Meghann, a teenager who is pregnant, Daly feels pricks of jealousy. It pains her to see their easy conversations and their comfortable way with each other. Luckily, it isn’t long befor Daly English is a lonely artist trying to get her life in order. Unfortunately her personal life and her art are both suffering as she tries to pick herself up after a breakup. Her relationship with her mother has been tense ever since her dad died and Daly can barely stand to be around her. When her mom befriends Meghann, a teenager who is pregnant, Daly feels pricks of jealousy. It pains her to see their easy conversations and their comfortable way with each other. Luckily, it isn’t long before Daly and Meghann strike up a friendship. Even though they are in different places in their lives, they are able to relate to one another and help each other through some difficult times. When Daly meets Kashi, an Indian pharmacist, she begins to feel a connection to him like nothing else she has ever experienced. Their love grows fast and they plan a trip to India together so that Kashi can see his family and Daly can meet the people who mean so much to the man of her dreams. Will his family accept her even though she is not Indian? Is it possible for Daly and her mom to ever repair their broken relationship? What will happen when events take a turn that Daly could never have predicted? Read this book to find out how everything turns out! Torn Together was a roller coaster of a read. There were parts of Daly that I could easily relate to, like her passion for her creative outlet. Anyone that has struggled with a relationship with one of their parents will be able to see parts of themselves in the relationship between Daly and her mom. Meghann is a character that I thought brought a lot of happiness to the story and her spirit brightened the moods of the other characters whenever she was around. Kashi and Daly have a love that grows fast and it isn’t long before he asks her to travel to India with him. Although it felt a little soon for them to take such a big trip together, I did enjoy reading about India. I have never been to India, yet the description of the setting made me feel like I was there. There were times when I wanted Kashi and Daly to be stronger, but they each had their own path to take in order to realize what was important to them. The author did an excellent job taking me by surprise in the last part of the book. I wasn’t sure what to expect of Torn Together, but it was a book about loss, love, and overcoming obstacles in our lives. A book that lets us see the way people deal with life in their own way and at their own pace.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jamie White

    Emlyn Chand, author of the Farsighted series and Bird Brain books, returns with something a little different. Torn Together is a women’s fiction novel that tells the story of a young woman named Daly English. After being cheated on by her boyfriend, Daly is hurt and defeated. She has a mother she can’t connect with, a dead father and no real friends to speak of. The only thing in her life she enjoys is her art. Even that proves to betray her, as she finds herself unable to produce anything worth Emlyn Chand, author of the Farsighted series and Bird Brain books, returns with something a little different. Torn Together is a women’s fiction novel that tells the story of a young woman named Daly English. After being cheated on by her boyfriend, Daly is hurt and defeated. She has a mother she can’t connect with, a dead father and no real friends to speak of. The only thing in her life she enjoys is her art. Even that proves to betray her, as she finds herself unable to produce anything worthwhile for an important portfolio project. Fate seems to intervene on Daly’s behalf, bringing a couple of people into her life that inspire her personally and artistically. Meghann is a pregnant teen Daly’s mother is counseling, whose courage and faith serves as a lesson to the older Daly. Kashi is a charming Indian man who sweeps her off her feet and causes her to open her heart in a way she hadn’t since her father’s death. Before she knows what’s happening, she’s formed a friendship with the younger girl and is traveling all the way to India to win over her new boyfriend’s traditional family. Chand’s strong suit in her writing is her characters. She infuses them with a realness that stirs your emotions, developing them over the course of the book. Daly’s mother, for instance, starts off as the type of character you hate. By the end of the story, she’s added layers to the woman that helps you to like and understand her and why she behaves the way she does. Meghann is a bit of an enigma, seeming wise far beyond her years as she deals with a life no teenager should have. I liked the relationship Chand builds between Daly and Kashi and how it helps Daly to grow as a person. She portrays the emotions realistically, making you root for them. Through that relationship, she also introduces you to a new culture, one the author herself was very familiar with and it shows. Overall, this was a great story that inspires the reader to care for the people within its pages, making you feel what they feel; hurt as they hurt. Each character gets their chance to tell their side of this story, and Chand includes some great illustrations, each a part of Daly’s sketch diary. I recommend this one for fans of Emlyn Chand, Women’s fic, love stories and anyone who enjoys well-developed character pieces.

  17. 5 out of 5

    S.M. Blooding

    Emlyn Chand caught me with Farsighted. I absolutely loved that book! So, when this one came up, I immediately jumped on it. Then I read the blurb and said, “Now, wait a minute, here, Frankie. You don’t like these types of stories.” And I don’t! I’m the Grinch and as we get closer to this most dreaded of Holidays, I get even Grinchier. I don’t want stories that will make me cry. I don’t want stories that are “supposed to make me laugh”. Give me Supernatural. There’s humor in that. Give me The Ave Emlyn Chand caught me with Farsighted. I absolutely loved that book! So, when this one came up, I immediately jumped on it. Then I read the blurb and said, “Now, wait a minute, here, Frankie. You don’t like these types of stories.” And I don’t! I’m the Grinch and as we get closer to this most dreaded of Holidays, I get even Grinchier. I don’t want stories that will make me cry. I don’t want stories that are “supposed to make me laugh”. Give me Supernatural. There’s humor in that. Give me The Avengers. There’s lots of good humor in that, too, and none of this soupy, dopey, lovey-dovey, snivley, cooey, whiney crap. @[email protected] But it’s Emlyn Chand and the tour is now, not after the Holidays. So I read it. And the darned book made me cry…and laugh…and this little Grinchey heart grew. *glare* Dang you, Emlyn! At first, I didn’t like Daly. Part of that is me. I know that. I came at it hoping to hate it. Why do readers do that? I don’t know, but I did! When the numb-rod cheated on her and then had the audacity to HUG her, I nearly hurled my crackers in his face! Only to realize that it would bounce off my Kindle and hit me in the face, and that’s just not poetic justice. But as I continued to read, I realized that Daly (rhymes with Tally) and I had a lot in common. The characters are just great. There was a lot of pining, and unfortunately that drove me a bit nuts. I’m so old and crass, I don’t remember the first time I was dumped. Well, I remember the number I did to my hand when my mother called to let me know that my husband at the time had called her to seek her advise on how to ask me to be supportive of his girlfriend…and her kids. Okay, so I have a tendency toward anger first, pine later. Akash a.k.a ‘Kashi’ and Meghann were fantastic friends who helped through that. I loved Kashi. He was very cool. *chuckles* Meghann was the breath of life that Daly needed. Without her, I don’t know if Daly would have been able to dig herself out of the rut she’d buried herself in. The thing I absolutely LOVED, however, was seeing India!!! I hope that it’s pretty accurate because I was taking mental notes like nobody’s business! OMW! The visuals were just AMAZING!!! So…all in all, this woman with a cold, cold heart of frozen stone has to grudgingly admit that this book is GOOD! It deserves four dragons. They were sincerely earned.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lissette

    Ever since her father's death, Daly has been trying to gain her mother's approval. Yet not once has Laine been forthcoming in that department. Nursing the pain of her mother's rejection time and again, she's immersed herself in her art, hoping to make something of it in the long run. Her mother has never stopped hinting to her that she needs a real job. That her art will never amount to anything, but she's determined to show her mother just how wrong she is. When a trip to her current boyfriend's Ever since her father's death, Daly has been trying to gain her mother's approval. Yet not once has Laine been forthcoming in that department. Nursing the pain of her mother's rejection time and again, she's immersed herself in her art, hoping to make something of it in the long run. Her mother has never stopped hinting to her that she needs a real job. That her art will never amount to anything, but she's determined to show her mother just how wrong she is. When a trip to her current boyfriend's place turns out to be anything but ideal, Daly soon wonders whether she'll be able to overcome his betrayal. For the past two years, she's given him her everything, never once taking into account that he might have seen their relationship in a very different light. Despite the pain she's now nursing deep within her heart, she resolves to make the best of the situation she now finds herself in. A chance encounter sends her into the arms of a beautiful man, one she never imagined she'd lay eyes on. Kashi's sweet demeanor stirs her in more ways than one, peaking her curiosity to the point where she begins to wonder if she'll ever see him again. She's never believed in fate before, but if means she'll get to see his face once more, then she's more than willing to believe. Caught up in a whirlwind courtship, Daly can't thank her lucky stars enough for having Kashi in her life. He's everything she could have imagined him to be and more. She'd do anything to make him happy, including meeting his family in order to gain their approval so that in time they can get married. She's well aware of the fact that their current lifestyle is very different from how life and marriage really is like in India. If they're to succeed in finding happiness, she'll need to do everything possible to accept his way of life, as well as mending fences with her mother as time goes by. This was such a heart-warming and very endearing story. The ending was definitely unexpected, but I think it shows just how strong Daly becomes in the face of such adversity. Full of diverse emotions, this book is a journey of self-discovery, love, and loss bottled together to create a very memorable experience. Emlyn does it again in delivering a story so full of life and feeling that it sticks with you long after you've read it. I enjoyed the story immensely!

  19. 4 out of 5

    C.p. Bialois

    For this week I nabbed Emlyn Chand’s latest release, Torn Together. Normally, I’m not a regular reader of women’s fiction, but I can honestly say I’m happy to have read this. For three years, the author worked on her novel, incorporating her own experiences into the book brought the characters to life and made you care for them. The story centers on a young woman, Daly English as she tries to find true happiness. After losing her father ten years earlier, her relationship with her mother became s For this week I nabbed Emlyn Chand’s latest release, Torn Together. Normally, I’m not a regular reader of women’s fiction, but I can honestly say I’m happy to have read this. For three years, the author worked on her novel, incorporating her own experiences into the book brought the characters to life and made you care for them. The story centers on a young woman, Daly English as she tries to find true happiness. After losing her father ten years earlier, her relationship with her mother became strained to the point they do their best to avoid each other. While it wasn’t ideal, it was easier for both women instead of reaching across and mending what they once had. A talented artist, Daly has a tendency to use her work to deal with her pain and has dreams of going to an art school and becoming the next talked about artist at museum gatherings. Whenever she needs to find peace or the strength to continue, Daly would open her notebook to a drawing she did of her father before his death. For her part, Laine, (Daly’s mother) chose to retreat into her books instead of coping with the world around her. It was easier, and safer, for her to lose herself in the fictional world of her books. Unlike her daughter, she wanted to forget what she lost and, by doing so, she offered herself as the perfect target for Daly’s anger and mistrust. After all of their issues, Daly finds herself thrust back into her mother’s home when she walks in on her boyfriend in bed with another woman in his college dorm. Feeling lost, Daly is forced to stay at her mother’s more than she prefers while struggling to find balance with her life when she meets Kashi. Following their chance meeting, Kashi’s light-hearted demeanor begins to chip away from Daly’s view of the world and offers her hope for a life that only knew struggling until then. As their meetings continue, Kashi and Daly begin to date and for the first time she’s happy, even going so far as attempt to salvage her relationship with her mother. While the book is difficult to put down, it’s a microcosm of the extremes of human nature. While we tend to want to blame others for our troubles and look at only one side, Torn Together demonstrates there is hope if we’re willing to ask.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Hill

    This is one of those books that definitely has its highs and lows. In fact, reviewing a book like this is more of a challenge than reading it. It is a young adult romance with a twist, and it will remind you of what is truly important in life. And this book even has an international flair. Read on to discover if this is a book you may like or not. First of all, the profanity is extremely minimal, but it is there. The sex scenes are not overly graphic, but they are there. I don't enjoy the fact th This is one of those books that definitely has its highs and lows. In fact, reviewing a book like this is more of a challenge than reading it. It is a young adult romance with a twist, and it will remind you of what is truly important in life. And this book even has an international flair. Read on to discover if this is a book you may like or not. First of all, the profanity is extremely minimal, but it is there. The sex scenes are not overly graphic, but they are there. I don't enjoy the fact that sex before marriage is considered normal, but at least it doesn't happen much. Marriage still appears to be the ideal. I hate to say it, but I did not like Kashi. From the beginning, I did not want to trust him. Then he appeared to be too good to be true. Maybe I'm wrong, but this is just from my perspective. At first, I enjoyed the romance between him and Daly, but before long, I found this to be another sappy romance. I know many readers like that kind of thing, but it does seem to turn me off. I will give the author kudos for the wrench that was thrown into the story--I actually became interested again for a while. This was more than halfway through the book, and then I finally understood the title of the book. I will admit that this portion of the book was a brilliant move on the author's part, but I still wasn't sold. One interesting aspect of the book was the religious aspect. God was mentioned, and one of the characters appears to be a Christian. I was impressed with the fact that God was painted in a positive light, and the characters wrestled with the age-old question of why bad things happen to good people. It did seem that the author may have a view which espoused the idea that there are many ways to God, but at least God was talked about in a positive way in this book. This book had me on the kind of roller coaster I don't really like. There were moments in the book where my emotions truly became wrapped up with the characters, but this high did not last long. I would have loved to have connected with this book more, but maybe it was just not meant to be--at least for me. I am sure there would be many who would enjoy this book, so check it out, if you like.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Maggie Lynch

    Emotional and obviously deeply personal, Torn Together is in the true tradition of sharing a young woman's journey to overcome her past and to find a future for herself that is uniquely hers. Ms. Chand does a lot right in this story. There is brilliant writing with turns of phrase and description that perfectly match the themes and moods in several scenes. Each character in the book is important to Daly's journey, with Kashi and Meghann taking on the largest roles of mentor and best friend. For m Emotional and obviously deeply personal, Torn Together is in the true tradition of sharing a young woman's journey to overcome her past and to find a future for herself that is uniquely hers. Ms. Chand does a lot right in this story. There is brilliant writing with turns of phrase and description that perfectly match the themes and moods in several scenes. Each character in the book is important to Daly's journey, with Kashi and Meghann taking on the largest roles of mentor and best friend. For me, there were some missteps as well which made it more difficult to keep engaged, particularly in the first third of the book. I was frustrated with the feeling that there were missed opportunities to work significantly more of the relationships into this story. The roles of Daly's mother and of Daly's best friend, Meghann, were often told in reflection instead of experienced in real time. I felt that too often the scenes were cut short when they could have gone to one level higher of emotion and exploration, almost as if it was too painful for the author to go there herself. The relationship with Kashi, on the other hand, was handled deftly and I truly believed the emotion and caring there even when Kashi sometimes seemed too ethereal to be real. In particular, when Daly goes to India to meet his family, in the descriptions of India the author captured the sights, sounds, smells and tastes very well and matched them to the ebb and flow of the relationship almost seamlessly. From the trip to India to the end I was completely engaged. So my advice to you is to stick with the story past the beginning. I promise it gets better and better until the emotions will tear the insides of your heart from you, scatter it into a thousand pieces, and then push the chaos back into you to sort out in the end. The ending is difficult, but it is the only ending for this type of story and, for me, ultimately uplifting. I knew that Daly had finally matured and found her true self. I knew that Daly would walk her unique path and share it without restraint. I was provided this book as part of a virtual book tour in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Books Mom

    What a rollercoaster! I wasn't sure what to expect when I opted to review this book, but I enjoyed the YA by the author I read some time ago, so knew that the writing would be solid at the least. It was. Ms. Chand has serious writing chops. Her prose is descriptive and clear, grammatically correct and evocative. It was for this reason I read through the entire book, even when Daly's anger wore me out or Laine's strange personality (loving, giving and sacrificial to anyone except her daughter) irri What a rollercoaster! I wasn't sure what to expect when I opted to review this book, but I enjoyed the YA by the author I read some time ago, so knew that the writing would be solid at the least. It was. Ms. Chand has serious writing chops. Her prose is descriptive and clear, grammatically correct and evocative. It was for this reason I read through the entire book, even when Daly's anger wore me out or Laine's strange personality (loving, giving and sacrificial to anyone except her daughter) irritated me. There were moments I wanted to slap them both silly. On the other hand, that certainly makes it clear that I was wrapped up in the characters! Truth be told, I feel very ambiguous about this book. I recognize the wonderful writing, but I just didn't love the story. I can say that the author painted a clear picture of India, for instance, and her characters are certainly three dimensional, but I'm not a big reader of books that are meant to be more edifying than entertaining. I'm a believer in "the world is depressing enough, read for fun" mantra. That's not to say the book didn't entertain. Much of it was very fun and interesting. I enjoyed watching how Daly and Kashi worked through their relationship and how Meghann (a girl Laine all but adopted who is an unmarried pregnant teen from the center where Laine works) held her head up and remained strong despite bullying from her peers and blatant disapproval from her dysfunctional parents. She was inspirational. What I didn't love was how the story ended. Intellectually, I understand why it was that way and the lesson is very clear and heart-warming. That doesn't mean I enjoyed it. However, I know a whole bunch of people who would have absolutely loved the ending and would put this book on their keeper shelf to be read again and again. So, how do I rate this? It's hard when you recognize a book is well done, but didn't completely enjoy it yourself. It's a bit like reading the classics in some ways. After much agonizing, I rated this book a 3.5 (wish Goodreads allowed halves).

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sara Bree High

    Torn Together By Emlyn Chand Reviewed by Bree High YATR This is the second book I have gotten the chance to review by this wonderful author. I must say again I am not disappointed. I have now been slated in the "Love" Emlyn Chand fan club. Daly our lovely Daly is full of issues of trust. I cannot imagine why? Her cheating boyfriend, her dead father or her Mom! Her Mother is very judgmental and I would say they do not have an easy relationship. She never really seems to have people in her life that Torn Together By Emlyn Chand Reviewed by Bree High YATR This is the second book I have gotten the chance to review by this wonderful author. I must say again I am not disappointed. I have now been slated in the "Love" Emlyn Chand fan club. Daly our lovely Daly is full of issues of trust. I cannot imagine why? Her cheating boyfriend, her dead father or her Mom! Her Mother is very judgmental and I would say they do not have an easy relationship. She never really seems to have people in her life that stand by her, but that all changes. Hello everyone meet Kashi. Romance ensues, Kashi is lovely. He wants to be good for Daly and most important he believes in her. Just one glitch, he happens to be from India and she must have his family’s approval! While Daly is dealing with this, her mother finally tries to learn to cope. The Mother and daughter relationship in this book, gut wrenching. Push and pull, tear down and build up! Can they find a way to fix it, or is it already broken beyond repair. I do not want to tell you too much about it, for me the relationship element of the story, wow! It was beautifully written and hard to put into words. It needs to be read, you need to experience it on the pages, and keep the tissues close. Believe me! The characters in the story are amazing and she just gives such depth to each one page after page. I found myself falling in love with Kashi, my heart breaking for Daly. I wanted to help her mother thru the struggles and see the light at the end of the tunnel. It was just very touching on so many levels and I honestly can say I have never had this hard a time putting a review together. Not because it was not good, it was great. Touching and everything I needed the book to be! My reason is the story needs to be experienced and felt, and I find the only way that can be done happens to be with pages in your hands. Emlyn Chand has broken my heart on the pages and healed me within the chapters. Read the story, get to know the characters and take it all in. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews

    Originally posted at: http://www.longandshortreviews.blogsp... I honestly didn't know what to expect from this book, which is a good thing, I think. I didn't have any preconceived notions and simply accepted it for what it was, not what I wanted it to be. Full of emotion, and sure to make you laugh and cry, Torn Together is truly a book about a journey. Though the blurb makes it sound as though we follow two women, this is really Daly's story. Her mother, Laine, figures into it, certainly, but it' Originally posted at: http://www.longandshortreviews.blogsp... I honestly didn't know what to expect from this book, which is a good thing, I think. I didn't have any preconceived notions and simply accepted it for what it was, not what I wanted it to be. Full of emotion, and sure to make you laugh and cry, Torn Together is truly a book about a journey. Though the blurb makes it sound as though we follow two women, this is really Daly's story. Her mother, Laine, figures into it, certainly, but it's only as a secondary character. It's Daly who matters and who we become completely involved with. Ms. Chand is a talented author who writes with feeling and description. I became immersed in the story immediately, and had no problem completely connecting with the characters. I admit to being a little annoyed with Daly in the beginning, and thought she was a little overly emotional, and did some things many women wouldn't (like accepting a ride home from a man she really didn't even know), but she was a real character. So was Kashi. What a wonderful man: full of life, joy and love. Almost too good to be true, but the perfect person for Daly. I loved seeing how he drew her out and made her a better person. That I was so involved with these characters, from the most important to the least, is what made this book both an engrossing read and a difficult one. In truth, it didn't end the way I would have liked but I understand why Ms. Chand wrote what she did. This was, as noted, a journey for Daly, and in order for it to complete, for the wounds to heal and the ends to be tied, there was no other ending for this story. I won't say I was happy, but I will say I understood and that I laughed, cried and loved right along with the characters. For many readers, the ending will be exactly right. This is an author with true talent and one I hope to read again.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Drennan Spitzer

    Torn Together Cover Emlyn Chand's Torn Together tells the story of 20-year-old Daly as she falls in love with a mysterious man named Kashi, mentors a pregnant teen, and seeks to resolve her troubled relationship with her mother, Laine. Chand's novel is certainly a romance but also deals with a number of other themes, placing it firmly in the category of Women's Fiction. Chand's central character Daly is likeable enough. In fact, one feels a great deal of sympathy for he,r particularly regarding h Torn Together Cover Emlyn Chand's Torn Together tells the story of 20-year-old Daly as she falls in love with a mysterious man named Kashi, mentors a pregnant teen, and seeks to resolve her troubled relationship with her mother, Laine. Chand's novel is certainly a romance but also deals with a number of other themes, placing it firmly in the category of Women's Fiction. Chand's central character Daly is likeable enough. In fact, one feels a great deal of sympathy for he,r particularly regarding her difficult relationship with her mother. And while Daly makes some choices that seem questionable and not terribly mature at times, they do seem to be choices in keeping with her character. Daly seems to lack self confidence, but this seems to be directly related to her distant relationship with her mother and the fact that her father died some years before. In this way, Chand manages to explore the complexities of the mother-daughter relationship and suggests possible root causes for the lack of self worth that far too many young women in our society seem to experience. Although the novel is written primarily from Daly's point of view, Chand also writes some chapters from the point of view of other characters. This approach is particularly useful in that it gives us some insight into why Daly's relationship with her mother is so strained. Daly's own perspective is not quite sufficient in this regard, and the addition of a variety of perspectives adds depth and texture that would otherwise be missing. This work reads quickly and might be most appreciated by younger readers (and by that I mean female readers in their late teens) who might most readily identify with Daly's character. This review originally posted on my book review site, Speaking of Books, www.drennanspitzer.com Please visit me there! NOTE: A free copy of this work was provided by Novel Publicity. No other compensation was received.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)

    Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. I read it every free chance I had and finished it rather quickly. The end had me glued to my Kindle and staring at it in disbelief. Daly is a twenty year old young woman trying to make it as an artist. She has a distant relationship with her mother, whom she calls Laine. This confused me because I originally thought that Laine was her stepmother, not her mother. The things that Laine did following Daly's father's death were, in some way, unforgivable Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. I read it every free chance I had and finished it rather quickly. The end had me glued to my Kindle and staring at it in disbelief. Daly is a twenty year old young woman trying to make it as an artist. She has a distant relationship with her mother, whom she calls Laine. This confused me because I originally thought that Laine was her stepmother, not her mother. The things that Laine did following Daly's father's death were, in some way, unforgivable yet understandable later in the book. I felt for Daly in the beginning. In the middle, when she met Kashi, I was afraid this was an insta-love storyline that just wasn't resonating for me. However, the story took a few turns and I loved it. Laine, Kashi, and Meghann were great characters that added to Daly's story. Meghann was a sweet girl in a difficult situation. However, her presence was a godsend in so many ways at different times. Kashi was sweet. At first, I thought he wasn't going to be a good guy...in fact, I thought he was an older man and kind of creepy. He really had me feeling different things...he was a creep, a mama's boy, a sweetheart, and a muse. Laine was difficult. I really didn't like her but then I did but I still don't thinking about her later. Complex in some ways. Typical in other ways. Some scenes were laugh-out-loud funny. I really enjoyed the scene in the pharmacy between Daly and Kashi. Other scenes made me angry, particularly one in India. And other moments had me reaching for the Kleenex box. The ending was not predictable at all! And, I was happy about that. So many books have a predictable ending...this was different and truly fit the book. Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book. I may even recommend it to my book group. Will I read it again: I will not. http://everyfreechancebookreviews.blo...

  27. 4 out of 5

    Samantha March

    Emlyn Chand is now on tour with CLP Blog Tours and Torn Together. This novel is a beautiful story about Daly English, a woman who doesn’t quite know her way yet. She has a difficult relationship with her mother, she still mourns the loss of her father, and she struggles with her art. Daly meets two people that have a profound effect on her life. First there is Meghann, a pregnant teenager who Daly is wary of at first. Daly is jealous of the relationship between her mom and Meghann, but quickly g Emlyn Chand is now on tour with CLP Blog Tours and Torn Together. This novel is a beautiful story about Daly English, a woman who doesn’t quite know her way yet. She has a difficult relationship with her mother, she still mourns the loss of her father, and she struggles with her art. Daly meets two people that have a profound effect on her life. First there is Meghann, a pregnant teenager who Daly is wary of at first. Daly is jealous of the relationship between her mom and Meghann, but quickly gets a new outlook on life from their friendship – and perhaps a second chance with her mom. She also befriends Kashi, a believer in fate who hails from India. A love affair between the two commences quickly, and Daly takes a life-changing trip to India to meet Kashi’s family for approval. Daly finally feels her life has a purpose, a direction, and she feels happier than she can remember. But is it too good to be true? Torn Together is a heart-wrenching story that will take readers on an emotional roller-coaster of emotions. Daly is a sweet girl that can never seem to find her way, and I loved when the pieces of her puzzle started clicking into place. Without giving away too much, there is a big shakeup just past the halfway point that made me cry and wonder why life can be so unfair. I had a hard time putting down this book, and I find myself still thinking about Daly and how her story might have continued after finishing the book. I really enjoyed reading about Meghann and her situation, and thought the rest of the supporting cast was very intriguing. Daly’s trip to India and meeting with Kashi’s family is interesting, entertaining, and also educational. I’m actually a big fan of reading about Indian culture and I was entranced by the descriptions and learning about the customs. One for your to-read list! **4.5 stars**

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nash Norden

    I received a copy of Torn Together by Emlyn Chand from CLP Blog Tour as part of the blog tour. Torn Together told a story of Daly, who was having a hard time—her relationship with her mother wasn’t really good, she wasn’t sure of her future as an artist, and on top of that, she just found out that her long-term boyfriend was having an affair. Her life began to change when her mother asked her to befriend with Meghann, a pregnant teen, and later, she met with Kashi, a sweet Indian guy who believe I received a copy of Torn Together by Emlyn Chand from CLP Blog Tour as part of the blog tour. Torn Together told a story of Daly, who was having a hard time—her relationship with her mother wasn’t really good, she wasn’t sure of her future as an artist, and on top of that, she just found out that her long-term boyfriend was having an affair. Her life began to change when her mother asked her to befriend with Meghann, a pregnant teen, and later, she met with Kashi, a sweet Indian guy who believe in destiny. The story, in my opinion began to attract me as Daly and Kashi went to India to visit Kashi’s family. I love Kashi’s his family and how they react once they’ve learnt that Kashi was in a relationship with Daly. It sounded real, like something that would really happen in Indian culture (I've watched lots of Indian movies in the past). My favorite part was that scene with Kashi and Daly in Taj Mahal. I love each of supporting characters in the book. My favorite is Meghann. I like how she cope with her life. She always appear so positive in my opinion, despite the difficulties she experienced in home and school. Torn Together is a story where I experienced a roller-coaster of emotions. There are times when I laugh and weep as I read it. I experienced joy and grief. I actually wasn’t sure of what to expect when I first read Torn Together by Emlyn Chand and I wasn’t sure that I was going to enjoy this book. Daly sounded a bit childish at the beginning. And I wasn’t really sure with Daly’s romance with Kashi, especially with that ‘destiny’ thing. But as I continue to read the story, I began to like it a bit more. Torn Together was hard to put it down. I like it so much that I didn’t realized that I’ve read it to the last page. I would definitely recommend this book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    AWBookGirl

    Daly (rhymes with Tally) English has a complicated life. She’s still mourning the death of her father; she and her mother continually argue; she’s unsure about her academic future; and her long time boyfriend is cheating on her. Just when Daly believes the Universe is conspiring against her, she meets two people who change her life forever. Known more for her young adult and children’s books, Torn Together is Emlyn Chand’s first foray into adult fiction, and tells the story of Daly’s journey of s Daly (rhymes with Tally) English has a complicated life. She’s still mourning the death of her father; she and her mother continually argue; she’s unsure about her academic future; and her long time boyfriend is cheating on her. Just when Daly believes the Universe is conspiring against her, she meets two people who change her life forever. Known more for her young adult and children’s books, Torn Together is Emlyn Chand’s first foray into adult fiction, and tells the story of Daly’s journey of self-discovery through her relationship with two unlikely people. First is her mother’s new pet project, wise-beyond-her-years pregnant teenager Meghann. Second is through Kashi, a pharmacist who crosses paths randomly with Daly, and tells her that fate will determine whether or not they meet again. I spent the first part of the book thinking how young Daly seemed for so many of the things that were happening to her, and trying to figure out the age difference between Kashi and Daly while I was enjoying the story. The cross-cultural intrigue of whether or not Daly would be accepted by Kashi’s Indian family was entertaining me, and I thought I had the direction of the book pegged. But then, Chand slams us with a heart-wrenching plot twist I never saw coming, and it elevated the book to a completely different emotional level. The book, and my connection to it, changed on a dime. No longer merely entertained by the characters and story, I felt a visceral reaction to and engagement with the story from that point on. What could have been cliche turned out to be very poignant and thought provoking. I had been a bit ambivalent about Daly earlier in the book, but suddenly I found myself really rooting for her. I don’t want to say anything more so that I can avoid spoilers, but I am looking forward to more from Emlyn Chand.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    Recovering from a romantic break-up Daly has lost direction in her life so her mum takes it upon herself to force a friendship between Daly and one of the young pregnant girls, Meghann, that she is helping at work. The pair soon become fast friends and it is on a shopping trip together that they meet Kashi, a young Indian man who soon becomes a very important part of Daly’s life. Torn Together is a love story with a difference. Mixing a girl and a boy from different cultures brings its own set of Recovering from a romantic break-up Daly has lost direction in her life so her mum takes it upon herself to force a friendship between Daly and one of the young pregnant girls, Meghann, that she is helping at work. The pair soon become fast friends and it is on a shopping trip together that they meet Kashi, a young Indian man who soon becomes a very important part of Daly’s life. Torn Together is a love story with a difference. Mixing a girl and a boy from different cultures brings its own set of problems. Daly being far more forward than your average Indian girl. While Kashi living in America still has his native ideals but is willing to forgo his families wishes for an arranged marriage and choose his bride through love instead. When the time came for Daly to meet Kashi’s family things were bound not to go well and I wasn’t surprised by their initial reaction to this very westernised girl. I wasn’t entirely happy with the pairing and there were parts of the story that infuriated me. I found Daly to be a little too pushy at times and where his family was concerned Kashi was too soft. The story took off in directions I didn’t expect and I enjoyed the emotional roller-coaster we were taken on. Emlyn Chand shows us once again that she is a very able writer. Introducing a diverse set of characters, bringing them to life and allowing the reader to either like or dislike them. Both ethnic minorities and a young pregnant girl outcast by her family and school peers, were included in this story. The formatting of the kindle version was very interesting. In keeping with the MC’s talent as an art student we were privy to numerous drawings, a nice touch I thought. Copy supplied for review

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