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The bond between a mother and her child is almost inseparable. A mother can practically do anything for her child or children's well-being, as the case may be. The extent to which a mother can make sacrifices to ensure her child's safety and well-being is the central theme of Sacrifice on the Border by Cecilia Domeyko.
Yoali became distraught after being used, abused, and lied to by the first man she loved and her child's father — Guayo. Guayo had lied to her that their baby drowned; he intended to sell their son to a wealthy family. Yoali, though broken and shattered as a result of losing her baby, refused to accept the fact that her baby was dead. She still believed that he was alive somewhere and waiting for her to come and get him. With family and friends' help, she picked herself up and set out to find her son. This book detailed the challenges she faced and the sacrifices she made to look for her son.
This is one of the few stories that mess with my emotions in a good way. I love how the author structures the chapters; they are unique, and it shows that they are products of deep inspiration. Each chapter is concise but contains sufficient descriptive details. The author makes us see through the minds of different characters, and she beautifully describes the content of their thoughts. It helps us see the book from the various characters' perspectives. This style of writing is not very common, and I applaud the author for it.
The author's descriptions are both figurative and graphic. She knows how to use words to paint the exact picture she wants her readers to see. She effectively engages the reader's imagination. She describes each character's different personalities — how they think, act, and the challenges they face. It shows that she's a skilled writer.
The author's use of flashbacks is quite commendable. She effectively uses flashbacks to bridge time, place, and action. She also uses flashbacks to give insight and understanding into the characters' behaviors.
The Spanish accent in the book adds to its peculiarity. Like a special ingredient that can change food taste, the accent adds a distinct flavor to the book. The mix of English and Spanish is smooth; the reader can easily understand the Spanish words contextually.
I also loved how the author set the tone of the book. It was almost impossible to read the book and not identify with the style of the book. As I read the book, I couldn't separate my emotions from the book's consistent mood. I had to become one with the feeling that the author spread out across the book. This emotional feature endeared me most to the story.
Although I found a few errors in the book, I still reckon that it was professionally edited. I'd give it a rating of four out of four stars. I'd recommend it to adult readers, especially mothers, or anyone who wants to know the level of sacrifice a mother can make for her child's well-being. However, I wouldn't recommend it to a young reading audience due to the level of sexual content.
Sacrifice on the Border
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