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Torn Together [Kindle Edition]

Emlyn Chand
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Evolved Publishing presents "Torn Together" by Emlyn Chand, a story about one woman's search for love and acceptance, her troubled relationship with her mother, and her desperate desire to find the happiness for which she's always yearned. LITERARY NEW ADULT / WOMEN'S FICTION.
'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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From the Author

Whether you've read my books in the past or are still trying to decide whether they're something you'd like to read, I'm glad you're here. It's readers like you that have made all my crazy dreams--you know the ones that everyone said were impossible--come true. You are the ones who keep me writing, keep me inspired, keep me sane. And for that, I owe you a gigantic thank you.

You see, I started writing as a way to feel a little less lonely in this far too impersonal world. Since then, I've made it my mission to write and talk about the issues facing today's youth, the issues that are often overlooked in entertainment because they're conceived as gritty, taboo, or simply "too depressing."

In the Farsighted Series, I tackle topics like racism, self-esteem and eating disorders, physical disabilities, and teen substance abuse.

In the Bird Brain Books, the lessons are far simpler--remember to say thank you when someone does something nice for you, know that who you are is what makes you special rather than what you look like, appreciate love, friendship, and beauty where ever you can find it.

I've connected with some amazing people who share my same outlook on today's literary landscape, and I've made fantastic friends in the process. At the end of the day, I love hearing from people who've read my books, and I welcome emails, Facebook messages, tweets--any way you'd like to get in touch with me, it just makes my day.

Every now and then, I like to reach out to readers with free Advance Review Copies or other giveaways on my site, and I'm planning to do so much more of that in 2013. To keep up with these opportunities, please come on over and subscribe to my newsletter at

You can also email me at or find me on Facebook, Twitter, or GoodReads. I look forward to hearing from you!

About the Author

Emlyn Chand emerged from the womb with a fountain pen clutched in her left hand (true story). When she's not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm Novel Publicity. Best known for her Young Adult novels, she is also developing a small, but devoted, following to her children's book series and is beginning to dabble in other genres as well. Emlyn enjoys connecting with readers and is available via almost every social media site in existence. Visit for more info. Don't forget to say "hi" to her sun conure Ducky!

Product Details

  • File Size: 846 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Evolved Publishing (August 14, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #559,608 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It made me cry. That's a good thing :) November 9, 2012
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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional Rollercoaster October 8, 2012
By M Knits
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An emotional roller coaster! This book gripped me from the first page such that I did not want to put it down to do anything else. Emlynchand writes from the heart and with such wonderful descriptions that I felt I was right there. I love a book where I can learn about another culture and this one fit that bill, too. I felt as if I were along for the time in India. I could hear the sounds, see the lights, smell the scents of another country. When you close Torn Together after the last page, you will feel like you are walking away from a friend. I felt as if I knew the characters in real life. Very realistic!

Emlynchand is a very talented YA writer. If you have not read her Farsighted series, you have missed some other wonderful writing. I am absolutely enthralled with her Bird Brain series for children. This young writer has real talent in many genres.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Torn Together or Torn Apart? You Decide October 8, 2012
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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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Torn Together October 4, 2012
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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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A very touching but heartbreaking book!!! I loved this book so much!!
Oh where do I begin!? This book was such a heart wrenching and amazing book!! It went through so many different emotions that we all feel throughout our lives. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Summer
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read.
Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. I read it every free chance I had and finished it rather quickly. Read more
Published 21 months ago by The Every Free Chance Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Life is so difficult sometimes - excellent read
Why does growing up have to be so difficult?

I honestly cant say enough good things about this book. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Reading Renee
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Emotional!
When Daly, the main character, discovers her boyfriend is having an affair, she returns to her childhood home. Now, you'd think that this would be fine and dandy, but it isn't. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Josie Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Torn Together
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. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Samantha J
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, sad and beautifull
I loved 'Torn Together' the whole book messed with my feelings, the relationship Daly and Laine (mother and daugther)... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Cinthia
5.0 out of 5 stars A Love Story and Family Dynamics with a Twist
I am not sure exactly what I was expecting when I started reading Emlyn Chand's Torn Together but it certainly wasn't the multifaceted storyline and page turning, edge of your... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Tracy Riva
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful insight unto the nature of relationships
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... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick Paced Romance, Not Brilliant But Will Appeal to a Certain Reader
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... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Drennan
4.0 out of 5 stars A great debut women's novel
I have known Emlyn for 2 years, and she has always sent me lovely books to read, via Novel Publicity, so it came as no surprise to me that she was ready to write her own women's... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Emlyn Chand was born with a fountain pen grasped firmly in her left hand (true story). Novel Publicity's mascot is a sun conure, thanks to her obsession with birds-and she gets to decide anyway since she is the company's founder and president. Her first novel, Farsighted, won the prestigious Writer's Digest Self-Published Novel of the Year award in 2012 for the YA category. She now writes most of her fiction under her real name, Melissa Storm. Learn more or connect with her (or her Sun Conure, Ducky!) on either of her author websites: or or via Tsu, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

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