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She Had No Choice, a Tale of Love and Survival [Kindle Edition]

Debra Burroughs
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Praise for She Had No Choice...
5 out of 5 STARS "I loved this book. It was interesting following the family through its history of woes and heartache. I found myself rooting for the women in this story, wanting them to get out of their situation, stand up for themselves and choose to walk away... The one thing that I found delightful was the ending. Perfectly appropriate!!"
Brenda B., Book Reviewer
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"Fantastic Read! I highly recommend this book to my isn't often that I stumble across something that I like as much as I did this!"
Lindsay R. Coada
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"A Must Read" This story was heart-breaking and joyous in equal measure. I cheered these women on...Every woman should read this novel."
- Deena Schoenfeldt, Reader

OVERVIEW of She Had No Choice...
She Had No Choice is a dramatic family saga that takes a Latin spin on the epic novel and film, The Color Purple. Inspired by a true story, this gripping and poignant multi-generational story follows the Ramirez family through a roller coaster of difficult, yet inspiring events, setting off a wide range of emotions. This tale proves that Love really does conquer all.

Other 5 out of 5 star reviews...
Burroughs writes with such intensity and you feel what each character is going through on each and every page. She states the book is inspired by a series of true stories. I feel this enhances the reader's expectations. The story ends in 1960 and I am hoping for a sequel! Sophia and Eva have come a long way since 1918. I want to follow their lives and I have no doubt all readers who enjoy She Had No Choice will agree.
Mary Crocco, Midwest Book Reviewer
5 out of 5 Stars

SOOO GOOD!! It really captures your attention right from the beginning. So moving that it made me cry and when it ended I was like NOOO! I won't give anything away but you left me wondering......Hopefully a sequel is in the future.
- Carla Cooley, Reader

OTHER BOOKS by Debra Burroughs:

"Three Days in Seattle"
- a delicious blend of Romance and Suspense that will make your toes curl!

"The Scent of Lies" - A Paradise Valley Mystery - Book 1, a cozy Murder Mystery and Romance that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

The inspiration for She Had No Choice came from the stories my mother and grandmother told me about their difficult, yet inspiring lives. I come from a large Mexican family, where my mother is the oldest of ten children, and there was an abundance of gripping family stories handed down.

About the Author

Debra Burroughs writes with intensity and power. Her characters are rich and the stories are fully of compelling suspense and real romance. If you're looking for graphic violence and explicit sex scenes, these are not the books for you, but if you're looking for stories with real romance that will entertain you, grab your attention, touch your heart, and leave you wanting more, dive into one of her captivating books.

Product Details

  • File Size: 414 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005MEKR20
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,721 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Women can prevail! November 12, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
She Had No Choice is a family drama which originates in Sonora, Mexico. The year is 1918 during the Spanish influenza epidemic. The Ramirez family has already lost four children due to the outbreak. Juanita and Emilio make the decision to give up the land and home they own in Mexico and flee to Arizona to save their family.

Once in Arizona, the family is free from the flu epidemic; however, life is far from easy. Work is hard to get for migrant farm workers and the family suffers. Juanita dies and Emilio is left with his sons and two daughters. He sends one of his daughters, Sophia, to live with his sister, Consuela, in Phoenix. He thinks she will have a better life. For six years Sophia works as a servant girl for her Tia and the abuse only ends with Tia Consuela's death.

Sophia makes poor decisions regarding men. She ends up alone and pregnant with her first daughter, Eva. Her second relationship she is a victim of domestic abuse from Carlos, who continually beats and abuses her and her children for 25 years. She has a child almost every other year and her life is a living hell.

Eva's life is not going as expected. She is abandoned with two children. She is determined to rise above her adversities while trying to help her mother escape abuse from Carlos.

Does Eva succeed? Does Sophia have any part in the plan? Does either woman find real love?

Burroughs writes with such intensity and you feel what each character is going through on each and every page. She states the book is inspired by a series of true stories. I feel this enhances the reader's expectations.

The story ends in 1960 and I am hoping for a sequel! Sophia and Eva, along with their families, have come a long way since 1918. I want to follow their lives and I have no doubt all readers who enjoy She Had No Choice will agree.

Book Review by Mary Crocco
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Revelation January 25, 2012
She Had No Choice is about a Mexican family drama, struggle to overcome misery, abuse, isolation and everything in between. Each chapter is a new revelation. I think it should be a recommended reading in schools because it shows the painful life of so many immigrants and there are lessons to learn from it.Del suelo al cielo (Spanish Edition)
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Left me wanting more October 5, 2011
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An easy read that pulled me in right away and made me care about the characters and their plight. Great story of a family's tragedy and triumph! It left me wanting more. I will be looking for more from this author.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read! December 20, 2011
First, let me say that THIS BOOK NEEDS A SEQUEL!!! As a reader, I am dying to know what became of the characters and their story. You are hanging on every detail towards the end of this book and it leaves you wanting more.

I am so appreciative of Debra Burroughs writing style - she definitely has a way with words and she writes with such compelling language that you feel as though you are right there on the pages with the characters experiencing their lives with them...and that isn't too common.

The third-person narrative that this book is written in could be a bit of an obstacle for some readers, but I didn't find it difficult. I enjoyed the change of pace from other works I have read lately. This is a generational story, and I felt like the author chose the perfect mode to tell it.

I would also add that I love books set in different time periods and this one definitely delivered in setting and atmosphere. I appreciated that the author added a small flare of her own experience to the novel. I also liked that it is based on real people, real events, and real characters - that is important in storytelling and oftentimes we don't find a better story to tell than something that actually happened. It made the story that much more believable as well.

I HIGHLY recommend this book to my isn't often that I stumble across something that I like as much as I did this!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars With Endurance Comes Victory January 5, 2012
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"She Had No Choice" by Debra Burroughs presents the suffering, sacrifices and turmoil that span three generations of Latina women, starting with main characters Juanita Ramirez, her daughter, Sofia and finally Sofia's own daughter, Eva. Burroughs skillfully weaves relationships and heart-breaking dilemmas with numerous supporting characters, including spouses, siblings, families and friends without overshadowing the plight and strength of these three women.

While the story starts from 1918 and goes on until 1960, sadly, such problems still ring true for many people, including women in our modern-day world. In her novel, Burroughs deals with the powerful issues that leave her female characters with no clear-cut choices due to unfortunate circumstances resulting from societal beliefs during the time period, plus the women's innate sense of loyalty and familial duties. Her novel depicts the difficult decisions her main characters were forced to make, whether it entailed staying in abusive relationships for the sake of their progeny, or gathering the courage to stand up to their tormentors knowing there will be consequences. Burroughs concludes her characters' long-suffering fates with a celebration of their underlying strength, endurance and unwavering belief that a better tomorrow is indeed possible.

A credit to her excellent writing skills, coupled with perhaps, her closeness to the true-to-life people who inspired this novel, the pages echoed the female characters' pain, and I anguished over their situations. I found myself turning the e-pages, hoping for positive outcomes and was delighted with their victories, big and small.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Only give one star right now as I have not read the book yet.
Published 2 days ago by Edie
4.0 out of 5 stars Brought many emotions!
Enjoyed this book very much. Hard to realize how hard it is for some people to walk away from abuse. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Judith Brannon
5.0 out of 5 stars She had no choice
This was a really good book. Very hard to put down.I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good book to read.
Published 4 months ago by sheri henderson
2.0 out of 5 stars not her best
I have been reading Debra's books one after another but I found this one very dark. Was not her best.
Published 6 months ago by Louise waldrip
4.0 out of 5 stars true love story
Couldn't put this book down until it was finished! It gave me a perspective on what Mexicans have gone through
Published 8 months ago by Shirley Forbis
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Book by Debra Burroughs!
I absolutely loved the book and could not put it down. Please write another book as I have read all of Debra Burrough's books already!!
Published 10 months ago by Madelyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book
This book takes you on a journey from sadness and abuse to a wonderful happy ending. Definitely a five star book that keeps you turning page after page.
Published 10 months ago by Lightfoot1
5.0 out of 5 stars Very touching.
I must say that this book was very different from all the other books that I have read in the past. Going back to so many generations. Read more
Published 14 months ago by carol robles
4.0 out of 5 stars she had no choice
this was a good book this woman really had a very tuff life but she was a tuff woman. I love to read and I enjoyed this
Published 15 months ago by brenda leboubon
4.0 out of 5 stars Very sweet story
It was predictable, but after years of tough and abusive life, it is a refreshing and brings a smile in the end.
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Debra Burroughs can be found most days sitting in front of her computer in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, dreaming up and writing about strong women, their relationships with men (good and bad), involved in exciting, mysterious, and romantic situations.

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