Finding love in the mess of life can be a breakthrough moment. It can change your life literally. I knew a man who had had tragedy in his life that had broken him. He had lost his young wife to cancer, and he hadn’t been able to stop the cruel disease taking her away from him. From that moment, he could see no future and only his occupation as a doctor kept him going. He snapped at his co-workers and refused to let anyone help him. No one wanted to work with him. Until finally after many years he allowed love into his life again. Love transformed this man and the real beauty of who he was shone out of him once again.
Love can change everything. Finding Amor by Allison K. Garcia tells the story of how an exceptional boy called Emanuel brought love into the lives of two people. Read my review below to see what I thought of this book.
My Penny’s worth
There are two very different characters in Finding Love which help move the story along through the pages. And it is the effect that Emanuel has on them both that kept me reading. I was not aware that this book is the first in the series as I received an e-book of it. Therefore I wondered why the author was taking time to develop the characters through mundane domestic scenes that didn’t seem necessary to the storyline. Until I reached the end with the cliff hanger. Then I got it. Those ordinary everyday scenes had drawn me in to care for the characters because the book had a sequel. As I read the last words I thought, hang on, you can’t leave the ending like this, what happens. So no doubt I shall be looking for the next one to be published.
What I loved
I loved the opposites. Lauren from a middle-class background learning about the plight of Emanual. Mixing with other people whom she would never usually have anything to do with. Eyes opened to the other side of life. Her Christian love being challenged and taken out of its comfort zone.
God doesn’t call the equipped; He equips the called.
I also loved Emanuel, his young heart searching for more than just human love, especially as family had hurt it. I could feel his pain at being separated from his adored Mamita.
A heart split in two between thousands of miles. Was there anything that could heal that kind of brokenness?
The different loves
There is a beautiful paragraph about the love of each member of Emanuel’s family. This turbulent tribe who have a place in the young boy’s heart as spoken by Ana his mother.
Her family. It was far from perfect, but great love flowed beneath the surface. Carlos’ love spurted like a geyser: nothing, then everything, and back to nothing again. Emanuel’s love was timid, like a shy brook in a narrow path, fighting through leaves and rocks. Her own love was constant, but it flowed in many directions and often lost its path. Mamita’s love gushed strongest of all, like the river outside of their house in Santa Rita after a big rain. It rushed over everything, flooding the world. It formed new rivers with its unstoppable force.
There is heartbreak too
As I said above the book is about opposites, and that is true with finding love. There is a conflict with love. Ana may have got the love of her life back, but it has consequences. And her dilemma is tangible through the pages. Allison Garcia does a beautiful job of portraying emotions and situations.
Could I put the book down without wondering about others in such a situation?
No, Allison K. Garcia makes it clear that we need to love and step out of our comfort zone in the form of Lauren. Let’s face it Jesus was an immigrant along with his parents; they had to flee to another place for fear of their lives.
Would I recommend Finding Amor?
Yes, I would, and I think in today’s world it is essential to gain an understanding of the issues that such a book is raising. We all need to find love. Thank you, Allison, for writing your story.
I would like to give it 5*
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*I was given this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*
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About the Book
Title: Finding Amor
Author: Allison K. Garcia
Genre: Latino Christian Fiction
Release date: September 8, 2018
In a world filled with hate, how can you know what love is?
Escaping a violent and abusive environment, eight-year-old Emanuel Martinez attempts to cross through three countries to be with his mother, Ana, whom he hasn’t seen since he was a baby. When la migra catches him at the border and he’s thrown into an immigration center, his dreams for being a real family start to disappear.
Vowing never to be like her own mother who abandoned her and never looked back, Ana has worked for six years to get her son to the United States, Now Ana has to rely on her distant mother and her alcoholic boyfriend, Carlos, to finally get her son to her side so they can build a life together.
When Lauren Barrett agrees to help with the afterschool program, she soon realizes she’s bitten off more than she can chew. Growing up in an unsupportive home has made her insecure and vulnerable, plus suffering through years of infertility hasn’t helped matters. Yet she longs to do something meaningful with her life and wonders when that opportunity will come along. When a special young boy named Emanuel enters her life, he turns her worldview on its head.
As their lives intersect, will they help each other understand what family and love and home really mean?
About the Author
Allison K. Garcia is a Licensed Professional Counselor, but she has wanted to be a writer ever since she could hold a pencil. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Shenandoah Valley Writers, Virginia Writers Club, and is Municipal Liaison for Shenandoah Valley NaNoWriMo.
Allison’s short story, “At Heart,” was published in the Winter 2013 edition of From the Depths literary magazine, along with her flash fiction. Her work, “You Shall Receive,” was published in GrayHaven Comics’s 2014 All Women’s anthology. Winning an honorary mention in the ACFW Virginia 2015 short story contest, “Just Another Navidad” was published in A bit of Christmas. Allison’s book, Vivir el Dream, published May 2017, has won several prestigious awards: 2016 ACFW Genesis Contest Finalist, 2018 Eric J. Hoffer Montaigne Medal Finalist, Honorary Mention in the 2018 Eric. J. Hoffer Awards E-book category, and 2018 IAN Book of the Year Awards Finalist in the Christian/Relgious Fiction category. Her highly-anticipated novel, Finding Amor, was released in September 2018.
Latina at heart, Allison has been featured in local newspapers for her connections in the Latino community in Harrisonburg, Virginia. A member of cultural competency committees for work and a participant in several pro-immigrant rallies and other events in her region, she also sings on the worship team and enjoys get-togethers with the hermanos in her church. With the help of her husband, Julio, and their son, Miguel, she has been able to nurture her love for the Latino people.
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