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A Cafecito Story,
This review is from: A Cafecito Story: El Cuento Del Cafecito (Paperback)A Cafecito Story is written by the well-known author, Julia Alvarez. It is a story about finding yourself and finding what will truly make you happy in life. The story is about a young man named Joe. Joe was born and raised in a small town in Nebraska. The town was a farming town so Joe grew up learning how to be a farmer. Joe's father was his most influential role model. Joe's father taught him the values of life. Joe wanted to be as loving and as good a farmer as his father was one day. As time goes by, the farm's business begins to fall. The farm must be put up for sale. Joe was sad when the farm was sold because it was the place he had grown up in. It was his home. When Joe becomes older he becomes a schoolteacher, meets and falls in love with a woman and gets married to this woman and also moves to Omaha. As time goes by, the marriage begins to fail. Feeling lost and confused, Joe plans a trip to the Dominica Republic at Christmas time. Joe just wanted to get away from his everyday life so that he could think about the way his life was going. After Joe had arrived in the Dominican Republic, one morning he was having a cup of coffee. A random woman told him that she could predict his future by looking at the stains in his coffee cup. The woman tells Joe that he will begin a new life in the mountains with the natives of the land. After hearing this, Joe decides to take a trip to the mountains. While in the mountains he stays with a family that reminds him of his own. This family owns a coffee farm. While staying with this family, Joe learns of the struggles that these people go through everyday of their lives. He soon learns that the family is going to have to sell their beloved coffee farm to a large industry that will make more coffee in less time and in turn make more money. The only way that the farm will be saved is if someone else buys the farm and helps run it. After learning of this option, Joe decides to buy the farm. He stays on the farm and grows coffee. Joe is proud of what he is doing with his life and for once in his life he feels happy. Joe knew that he was doing the right thing.
The book was a wonderful story of finding yourself. It is a short quick read but contained much meaning. Many people today go their whole lives and are never truly happy. Joe knew that he had to change his life. A lot can be learned from this book. It is a heart-warming story filled great lessons for all people. Joe followed his dreams and took a chance. All people need to take chances in life. Some chances pay off and some do not, but that is what life is, one big chance.