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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
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 readers...it isn't often that I stumble across something that I like as much as I did this!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very well told story of an immigrants life in the promised land. How desperation and love for family will make parents smile through tears and exhaustion to make a better life.Published 8 months ago by Bert A. Shelley
I love Debra Burroughs' novels. This is no exception. I hovered between a 4 star and 5 star rating. I had to go with 5, because of the time era. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Angela R. Yargus
Well told and encouraging . Love and faith can triumph.
I will continue to look forward to enjoying work by Ms Burroughs.
From start to finish this book kept you in suspense. Living in Arizona I learned a lot about the plight of migrant workers and their families. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Patti J
it was a very good book, very different from the others books of her that I have read. but I liked it very much.Published 19 months ago by joyce lister
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