A Hundred Hands by Dianne Noble – #Book Review

Along with writing, I have been reading as much as I can, and the next book on my Kindle was one I had downloaded a while ago, from a recommendation via a blog interview with the author Dianne Noble. I actually can’t remember who posted the interview, but it was touching enough to make me want to get the book!


The blurb:

When Polly’s husband is jailed for paedophilia, she flees the village where her grandmother raised her and travels to India where she stays with her friend, Amanda.

Polly is appalled by the poverty, and what her husband had done, and her guilt drives her to help the street children of Kolkata. It’s while working she meets other volunteers, Liam and Finlay. Her days are divided between teaching the children and helping with their health needs. But when Liam’s successor refuses to let Polly continue working, she’s devastated to think the children will feel she’s abandoned them.

After a health scare of her own, she discovers her friend, Amanda, is pregnant. Amanda leaves India to have her child. At this time Polly and Finlay fall in love and work together helping the children. Tragedy strikes when one child is found beaten and another dead. Polly feels history repeating itself when Finlay becomes emotionally attached to a young girl.

Can Polly recover from her broken heart and continue to help the children, or will she give up and return home?

A Hundred Hands by [Noble, Dianne]

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

My reviews on Amazon and Goodreads:

What a great book! Dianne Noble has really captured the essence of the sights and smells of the real India. Not the splendour of the Taj Mahal, the high-end hustle and bustle of Mumbai, but the reality of life for many slum dwellers and their children.
I was truly touched, reading the story of Polly, who escaped to India, following the arrest of her husband for paedophilia. It’s an emotional story, showing the changes that helping those who most need it, can change you and your outlook on life. I thoroughly recommend this book.

14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. robbiesinspiration
    Aug 06, 2017 @ 11:16:57

    A lovely review of this intense sounding book, Ritu.

    Liked by 1 person


  2. Judy E Martin
    Aug 05, 2017 @ 18:55:26

    It sounds a compelling read. Sis 🙂

    Liked by 1 person


  3. Don Massenzio
    Aug 05, 2017 @ 14:37:15

    Reblogged this on Author Don Massenzio and commented:

    Check out this review of the book, A Hundred Hands, by Dianne Noble, from the But I Smile Anyway blog

    Liked by 1 person


  4. Tony Burgess
    Aug 04, 2017 @ 02:28:23

    Our teachers in the area are already back or are preparing to head back to class. It’s good you are enjoying your downtime.

    Liked by 1 person


    • Ritu
      Aug 04, 2017 @ 07:27:23

      Two weeks have flown by Tony. I’ll make the next 4 really count too! Writing my BIG story so I don’t want the holidays to end too soon!!!



  5. OIKOS™-Redaktion
    Aug 04, 2017 @ 00:28:43


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  7. Mr. Militant Negro
    Aug 03, 2017 @ 23:23:38

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

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  8. Don Royster
    Aug 03, 2017 @ 23:10:40

    This reminded me of the wonderful book by Dominque Lapierre, “The City of Joy”. It is nonfiction and the author tells the stories of people living in a section of Kolkata called Anand Nagar, one of the city’s most devastating slums. The reader is giving a real insight into a part of India most people never see. It’s a wonderful book.

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