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

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Length: 248 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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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.

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  • File Size: 535 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: September 10, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005MEKR20
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,695 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Mary Crocco on 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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Gift on January 25, 2012
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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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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Douglas on 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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay Horne on December 20, 2011
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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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Creative Musings on 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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