Northern Mexico in 1918 was a dangerous place to live. The Spanish Flu pandemic was ravaging village after village. Young Sofía’s parents decided to take what was left of their family and brave a perilous night crossing into the United States, hoping to save the lives of their remaining children. They did not anticipate the hardships that lay ahead of them.
After a family tragedy, Sofía was sent to live with a well-to-do aunt in Phoenix. Sofía’s father assumed this was for the best, but in truth it plunged her into a life of servitude and relationships with the wrong men. Hungry for love, her relationship with Enrique led to a daughter, Eva, born out of wedlock.
When Enrique abandons them, Carlos comes to her rescue. But when Carlos tries to convince Sofía to go west with him, to work the fields of California, she is torn. Weighing her options, she has no choice but to go with him. Her life unfolds in a series of highs and lows, her daughter by her side. When life becomes dangerous and unbearable, will Eva and her boyfriend be able to save Sofía, or will Sofía become the savior?
This poignant and gripping drama plays out from 1918 to 1960, and is full of love and heartbreak, prejudice and betrayal, lovers, friends and family. It is inspired by the true stories written in Debra Burroughs’ book CARMEN.
I am going to be completely honest in my review of this book, as I always am in the book reviews I do write. This book bored me to tears and the author thinks she can write. Not in my opinion.
Why? The book was written poorly and in dire NEED of editing. I felt NO attachment to any of the characters whatsoever. Even reading about the abuse did not make me 'feel' anything. Something is wrong with the writing if that alone does not make you feel something, except to think that this woman needs to get away from that man. She never does until her daughter makes her in the end.
The book, in my opinion, could have been written for a middle-grade /elementary reader, as it was written that format. At least this is how I felt. I felt as if the author thought I was stupid and had no memory of the events of this story that occurred earlier in the book. She continuously kept repeating things over and over again. I JUST read it, I'm NOT going to forget about it that quickly. Heck, some elementary kids see MORE abuse, or abuse this author described in this book, in their own homes, unfortunately.
I just did NOT find reading about the abuse enjoyable, either. It was continuous throughout the story.
The author also made a comment in the beginning of the book that some of the names had been changed and others not. This is a GREAT book for the family, but it's not for me!
In my opinion, if you have just read the Synopsis, that's all you need to know about this book. Skip reading the book, It will only be a loss of your time, unless you enjoy reading the same thing over and over again.
I received this book for FREE from the author, Debra Burroughs, in exchange to read this book and write an honest review about it. It is NOT required for the review to be either positive or negative, but, of my own opinion. Free means I was provided with NO MONIES to read this book or write a review, but to enjoy reading the book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16