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A PLACE IN THE WORLD by [MACKINNON, CINDA CRABBE]
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KIRKUS REVIEWS..the story of a young woman with no home and little connection to family..Alicia has lived all over the world,especially South America..she follows her Colombian boyfriend Jorge, to his country..becomes part of the Carvallo coffee farm and, after a series of calamities, ends up running it alone..In the midst of this familial and romantic drama are many compelling, detailed descriptions of the rainforest. Mackinnon brings to life the forest's flora and fauna, the wildlife, and the tribal people..meticulous detail and knowledge of the locale bring a unique richness to the novel..

             

"A Place in the World" is a serene, affecting, and poignant novel by a gifted storyteller. This gentle, meditative novel ramped up the tension toward the end and morphed into a genuine thriller. The author created a world that was wholly realistic and honest. In fact, everything about this novel pulsated with authenticity--the place, the characters, the animals, the community, the rebels, the indigenous tribesmen, and most of all, the everyday drama...the sign of a genuine five-star story. I recommend it highly.
- Barbara Case, Emeriti University Librarian, top Amazon reviewer

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AWARD WINNING NOVEL
"Set down by fate on a remote coffee plantation in the mountains of Colombia, a young American discovers her deepest passions. The rainforest itself is the book's most detailed and compelling character, and it's this sense of place that holds Alicia most firmly ........where her love for the people around her slowly comes to fruition. Gentle, moving, and elegiac, A Place in the World tells the story of a young woman who transforms
an alien place into the home of her heart, and in the process transforms herself as well. "
Anastasia Hobbet, author of Pleasure of Believing and Small Kingdoms

Product Details

  • File Size: 1796 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Multicultural Press/VBW (March 16, 2013)
  • Publication Date: March 16, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BVDXUQG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,336,045 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I just spent two wonderful days in 1970s and 1980s Colombia while reading this book. The well-paced story drew me in and compelled me to keep reading.

At the start, Alicia is young and in love but uncertain about her future. By the end she has grown into a capable and confident woman who has found her `place in the world'. Of course, there are twists and turns, and even some surprises near the end - none of which do I want to spoil for you. The characters are nicely developed and the cultural contrasts the author describes are entertaining as well as enlightening.

I thoroughly enjoyed the details the author wove into the story about coffee production, geology and especially the cloud forest. I've been to cloud forests in Costa Rica, and wish the author had been along to help me "see" more. Pick up this book. I feel confident you'll enjoy the read.
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Cinda MacKinnon's first novel is an exciting tale of love, betrayal and retribution set in the wonderful tropical rainforests of Colombia's majestic Andes. Having grown up there, as well as other countries of Latin America, she brings to life the colors, textures and scents of this exotic land and one can almost feel they have been there too. She also touches upon some of the major difficulties this country faces in its development, from its centuries-long dependence on a major crop ___coffee___ and its delicately balanced ecosystem, to its lengthy battle against violence and drug cartels.

However, the novel is essentially about people, their lives, aspirations and weaknesses. The tribulations of the heroine, Alicia will ring a resonant chord with women around the world, who have struggled to support themselves and their families in traditional, male-dominated societies and succeeded through sheer determination, and it will tantalize those who could not imagine living in the shadow of an erupting volcano and courageously salvaging the precious coffee crop when others would have abandoned it.
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"A Place in the World" is the story of a displaced American, Alicia (Collier) Carvallo, whose decisions in life are radically influenced by her early years globetrotting with her family across the world because of her father's work. After marrying Jorge Carvallo a man from a wealthy Colombian family she finds a sense of stability and purpose in the coffee finca (farm) where the young couple settles. What neither of the newlyweds expect is to have their relationship tested by a wave of natural and political upheavals, and an accident that leaves her husband forever changed. With arguments and cold indifference fracturing their marriage vows Jorge returns to his family in Bogotá leaving their son with Alicia who desperately struggles to rebuild the coffee finca that has been nearly destroyed by a volcanic eruption. Although life is hard she reaches out in kindness to the neighbouring villagers and the mountain's indigenous people, finds a steadfast friendship with the housekeeper Carmen and her love renewed by a ruggedly handsome geologist.

This well-written, riveting plot captures strong elements of friendship, love, freedom, perseverance and endurance amid all the physical and emotional challenges, heartache and pain. This pages of this novel are filled with the beauty, the grandeur, the sights and sounds of nature in the Andean cloud forest which Alicia, as a trained biologist tries to capture in her notebook.

The characters are well-developed, their personalities adding depth and dimension to a story that's heartwarming and emotionally-riveting. Alicia is an educated, lovely young woman with a soft-heart, who's determined, capable and stubborn.
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“A Place in the World,” by Cinda Crabbe MacKinnon, is a serene, affecting, and poignant debut novel by a gifted storyteller. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and devoured it completely in a single day. I rarely allow books to keep me up past my bedtime, but this gentle, meditative novel ramped up the tension toward the end and morphed into a genuine thriller, one that I could not turn away from. It is important to understand why I couldn’t put this book down: it was because the author created a world that was wholly realistic and honest. I lost myself in that world. I disappeared into the story. I lost track of time. In fact, everything about this novel pulsated with authenticity—the place, the characters, the animals, the community, the rebels, the indigenous tribesmen, and most of all, the everyday drama of what happens in that unique, mysterious, and wondrous place.

This novel tells the story of a twenty-two-year-old American woman—a budding biologist and naturalist—who finds herself permanently transplanted to the cloud forests of Colombia through a series of events mostly beyond her control. In the early chapters, it is a story of young love, passion, deception, betrayal, and friendship against the backdrop of a beautiful unknown world. In the middle chapters, it is the story of a determined woman struggling against incredible odds to sustain a decent life for herself and her child; and finally, toward the end, it is the story of one woman’s slow progression toward mature love and a fulfilling sense of community.

When I finished this book, I felt like I’d taken a rewarding journey alongside a fascinating tenacious woman determined to find her place in the world. I put the book down with a heartfelt sense of loss, because I wanted to remain with that woman and her story.
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