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Mofongo [Kindle Edition]

Cecilia Samartin
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Sebastian dreams of running like the wind across the soccer field and scoring countless goals, but his heart defect forces him to stand on the sidelines and watch. His parents overprotect him, but they’re unable to shield him from their family problems or the bullies at school. Fortunately, Sebastian finds sanctuary in his grandmother’s kitchen. Working side by side, preparing exotic dishes from her homeland of Puerto Rico, they discover a new purpose that brings them healing and hope. A story for the entire family, “Mofongo” is about creating heaven on earth, and learning how to listen with your heart. Readers will come away with a renewed appreciation for life and the delicious realization that a meal prepared with love not only feeds the body, it nurtures the soul.

Product Details

  • File Size: 467 KB
  • Print Length: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Peregrino Publishing (February 3, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0075EAI3I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,659 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars soothes the soul October 24, 2012
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This tale intertwines deep family ties with heart wrenching truths and the strength to endure and face it all no matter what it takes, even if it means risking it all.

"Mofongo" truly reveals true mastery in the art of connecting with the author's readers. Samartin tugs on your heart strings as well as your hunger expressing a collective desire to soothe the soul. The story involves many fictional characters and situations to which you can apply to your own life in very interchangeable ways. Many of the situations she creates within this book have deeper meanings within them which allows you to even look internally to your own faults, and how to cope, change, and make better, and most importantly, to heal yourself; as you read about these others doing the same.

If you are bored with your life, or find it hard to cope with the things you can't change, please find time to pick up this book, and go on a journey through the minds of many participators experiencing the same. It will do your soul a world of good.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read April 1, 2012
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Mofongo is a very touching story about an endearing relationship between a young boy and his grandmother. This wonderful story had me laughing, hopeful, crying, cheering for both of them, and salivating for the deliciously described foods (lots of good food recipes are included in the back also)! I highly recommend this easy to read, delightful story and encourage you to check out her other books as well (Broken Paradise, Tarnished Beauty, and Vigil). You won't be disappointed!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful! March 25, 2012
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This book is written in the tradition of Isabel Allende--beautifully-drawn characters, soulful, with touches of intuition and magic. Sebastian is a young boy with a heart condition, which prevents him from living his dream to become a great runner and soccer player. His only refuge from the school bullies, his physical limitations, and his overprotective mother is with his Abuela Lola. Together, they share family history and life lessons, juxtaposed with cooking the sumptuous dishes from Abuela's native Puerto Rico. I won't include spoilers, but the interweaving of complex family issues, beautiful examples of healing and forgiveness, descriptions of a family's rich heritage, and the inclusion of recipes at the end of the novel combine to make a thoroughly satisfying read. You'll never look at the importance of the family dinner table the same way after reading Mofongo.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!! April 29, 2014
By Natalie
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A book that reveals us humans in our most vulnerable states: grief, guilt, regret, total surrender and deepest love. This is a novel about the deepest guilt, forgiveness and unconditional love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing April 13, 2014
By Vera54
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Great read. Amazing story not only about Sebastian who is an amazing child struggling with his illness, but about how the entire family struggling with different issues in their life come together. I've tried Abuela Lola's recipe for Picadillo and it is delicious! This book I know I will definitely read again. Not only will I read again but would like to purchase the hard copy as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good April 12, 2014
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Really good but sometimes too much details that is not adecuat and the logic sometimes missing too. Geate Norwegian description.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mofongo is a book about family, love and trust. April 5, 2014
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Sebastian was born early and with multiple medical issues. Grandma Lola had just lost her husband of many years. The way these two unique and wonderfully magical personalities interact is hard to put down. Life doesn't always turn out the way we want it to, but sometimes we can do better with what we are given than with what we wanted. Love this book, heart warming and oh so yummy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! February 25, 2014
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I loved this book because it was a heart felt story about family. The struggles in the story can be found in any family and it was easy to relate to. Cecelia has an ability to be descriptive and at time I felt like I was there in the story. I finished this book in 3 days and only because I had to stop periodically. It had my attention every minute, I think I will retread it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming really defines this book.
This very well written book will have you feeling every emotion, and the descriptive detail will take you away. Read more
Published 8 months ago by m.mtz
5.0 out of 5 stars Tugs at the heart
I cannot say enough about how well written this book is. I became engulfed in the characters and their lives....the good and the bad. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read!
This was really an amazing book. The author did a great job with much detail. I can say this book was definitly a tear jerker! I also love the fact that recipies were included!
Published 10 months ago by ForeverYoung
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!! You will fall in love with Sebastian and his abuela...
I loved this book!! The characters were extremely likable which made it easy to get lost in this book for hours. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Anj
5.0 out of 5 stars Just get it
The Cuban ambassador in Norway accused Samartin for telling lies about Cuba, so I decided to buy a book. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ole Asbjorn Fadum
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming and soul searching
Mofongo is very well written, easy to follow, and hard to put down. I love the relationship between Sebastian and his Abuela Lola as it helped bring back fond memories of my... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Pammysue
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming and Uplifting
"Mofongo" is a wonderful story about family and friendship, and the ties that bind us. Cecilia Samartin has developed her characters in such a way that the reader feels a... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Seattle Stevie
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming
You will fall in love with all of the characters. This story is about a young boy who overcomes himself, and the challenges he faces daily. Read more
Published 11 months ago by G
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