A glance at a Southern Story: The Unexpected Daughter by Sheryl Parbhoo

Me outside October 2017

Last month I posted about a book event I went to and southern authors and their stories were featured. This gave me an idea to start a series on southern writers and how important their stories are and what makes them unique. Today I am featuring a unique southern story by Sheryl Parbhoo that gives us an intercultural relationship look and the struggles that come with and shows the commitment of love.

Stephanie M. Hopkins

The Unexpected Daughter by Sheryl ParbhooBook Description:

Three people’s lives intersect in a tumultuous yet redeeming way that none of them could have ever predicted. Jenny is a young professional from the South with an upbringing she wants to forget. She meets Roshan, an Indian immigrant who has moved to the United States with his mother, Esha, to escape family ghosts. With strong cultural tradition, Esha has devoted her entire life to her only child, both for his own good and for her personal protection from a painful past. Roshan understands his role as his mother’s refuge, and from an early age, he commits himself to caring for her. But when Jenny and Roshan embark on a forbidden, intercultural relationship, all three get tangled into an inseparable web—betrayal, violence, and shame—leaving them forced to make choices about love and family they never wanted to make while finding peace where they never expected to look.

About the author:

Sheryl Parbhoo

Sheryl Parbhoo is an author and blogger. A native southerner, her interest in culture led to a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Memphis. Her longing for the spice of life culminated when she married her high school sweetheart, a South African Indian immigrant, and became a stay-at-home mom to their five children for over 20 years.

Sheryl has blogged for years about her spicy masala/southern cornbread way of life, raising her large multicultural family, and navigating the quirks of Southern and Indian in-law relationships. These, along with the responses received from readers, are the real-life inspirations for her novel, The Unexpected Daughter.

For more, follow her on Facebook ,
Twitter @SherylParbhoo and on Instagram.

What People Are Saying about The Unexpected Daughter on Amazon:

“Sheryl writes engaging characters and definitely captures the reader’s attention from the get-go. Even without the same cultural backgrounds, the characters and stories are relatable in a universal way… cultural struggles, familial backgrounds and expectations, baggage, battling your own demons, and making your own future. Her characters are flawed individuals, making good, questionable, and even horrible decisions…”

“You won’t want to put this book down, it will have you from the first few pages. Thru the twists and turns of the story you never know what is coming. I am an avid reader, this book is on level with J.K. Rowling, Danielle Steel, James Patterson, Nicolas Sparks, Nora Robert, etc. I look forward to more books from this author.”

“I loved this story, enjoyed following each character as they fought their own personal battles and learned a lot about Indian culture and tradition along the way! Roshan and Jenny have a unique friendship that grows into more but they resist the temptation to commit, he due to his Indian background, customs and parental influences, and she due to her fear of abandonment, and her difficult upbringing surrounded by poverty and addiction. After fighting the attraction, going their separate ways and living their lives apart for a decade, they come together and are faced with the same obstacles and more. As author Sheryl Parbhoo shows us in The Unexpected Daughter, it is impossible to escape our formative years, good or bad; it is a part of who we are and how we live in this world. What we can do is make good decisions for ourselves, embrace opportunities, live authentically and love with an open heart.

One of my favorite types of books is a story of immigration, assimilation and the mixing of cultures. The Unexpected Daughter delivers all of that so well as the backdrop with a rollercoaster ride of a story of a modern multicultural family as they come to terms with their past and grow together, navigating love, loyalty, addiction, ambition, death, birth and celebration….Life. A wonderful debut!”

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Southern Charm: Art Festival & A Book Event Weekend!

Weekndd event iI had a really great weekend with two events on Saturday. I attended an art festival and a book event- that included four southern authors. At the art festival I was delighted to see so much local talent. My good friend Elizabeth and her husband had a booth there to sell their Knits & Prints. I admire their work! Big fan here. I also met a new artist who I will be talking about more in a later post. Saturday was the perfect day for an outdoor festival. A neighborhood in Marietta, Georgia-close to the square- holds this event every year called the Cherokee Heights Arts Festival for those of you who are interested. Everyone there was friendly and full of enthusiasm and charm.


Weekend evet IIAfter that event I headed over to The Book Exchange for a four-author event of southern writers. When they talked about their books and read excerpts from their stories, I was completely captivated by these extraordinary writers and what they have written about.  Recently I have been thinking about showcases southern writers and they have inspired me to go ahead with this project. Each week I will be showcasing a southern author and will be talking a bit about their work. The authors at this event were Deborah Mantella, Bren McClain, Sheryl Parbhoo and J.C. Sassen. Be on the lookout for those posts. I highly recommend these ladies stories.

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and thank you for visiting Layered Pages!

Stephanie M. Hopkins