My Review of Mohana Rajakumar’s An Unlikely Goddess

18713534An Unlikely Goddess is the story of a girl named Sita, (pronounced See-ta) born in India, raised in America, a Hindu who converted to Christianity, a first born who was despised by her father who wanted a son, and a resolute individual who struggled to find hope in spite of her upbringing.

Based in part on the character Sita in the Hindu epic The Ramayana, An Unlikely Goddess is truly a story that transcends religion, geography, and circumstances as we follow Sita through childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. The issues of acceptance, identity, and expectations (both gender and culture) predominate throughout the book. Faith is a given a fair, honest, and realistic treatment as Sita navigates not just the different cultural landscape she finds in America but also the very different religious landscape as well.

One of the strengths of this book is that in so many ways Sita’s story is the story of children, teenagers, and adults of different cultures and faiths because of the universal human need for faith, hope, and love. I was hooked into this novel from the beginning because it reveals the great human need for faith, hope, and love.

I rate this book a ‘great’ read!

Note: I was given a e-copy of this novel by the author without the expectation of a positive review.

This review was corrected on November 9, 2013


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