This week, I’ll be reviewing a book series which I really recommend reading. Today, I’ll be looking at the prequel of the series, because why not?, so without further ado…
Do you like the cover? Cool, right?
About this book:
Can a young Mexican woman forgive the villagers who rejected her years earlier and help them find a better way to live…and to survive?
Sixteen-year-old orphan Rosa No-Name has grown up in the remote Mexican village of Santa María, where the villagers resentfully meet only her most basic physical needs. Unwilling to offer love or guidance, they not only refuse to answer Rosa’s questions about who her parents were, they don’t bother to teach her what she needs to know about the facts of life.
Tomás del Mundo, who smuggles the village “produce” to San Diego and spends only a small part of the proceeds on things the villagers want and need, gets Rosa pregnant. The villagers decide to rid themselves of their responsibilities to the unwed mother-to-be by coercing Tomás into taking Rosa back to San Diego and marrying her.
Rosa and Tomás don’t love one another. Their marriage is one of uneasy convenience for her and open resentment for him, and she soon finds herself captive to his violence and egotistical whims.
Returning to Santa María after discovering part of the truth about her mysterious background, Rosa must overcome her resentment toward the villagers and help them solve a generations-old problem. At the same time, she begins a quest for the “god” she has only heard about casually.
R0SA NO-NAME is the stand-alone, coming-of-age prequel to the award winning 2011 Young Adult novel FOUND IN TRANSLATION.
What I enjoyed
Firstly, I love the fact that it was the prequel of an awesome series about mission and God’s love!
As I had vaguely met Rosa in book 1, Found in Translation, I was really excited to get to know her and see how a certain someone changed her as part of her journey.
The second point was that I was so fascinated with the contrasts of poverty in San Diego and a remote village in Mexico. It really opened my eyes as to how lucky we are in the West in general.
Thirdly, I just loved seeing how God’s love was present throughout Rosa’s journey, whether she knew it or not, and how he helped her even in the darkest of situations.
Age Recommendation: 14 +
The reason for this is because, despite it being written in the most cleanest and non-graphic way possible i.e. one to two sentences at a time, there are some topics that I think you have to be mature for:
Illegal Immigration, Drugs and Rape.
But as I said, it was written in a very clean manner and these scenes were brief and not frequent so that even I didn’t exactly realise until after a couple of minutes.
Why I recommend this book
For me, seeing how us Christians can make an impact on others and reading an example of a possibly real salvation story was really lovely and comforting for me, because I never know who I’ll make a minor or major impact. But, if you read on for the rest of the series, this message will crop up a lot.
Where to buy the book
It’s on Amazon, in paperback and Kindle version.
For the British readers, here’s the Link to the ebook.
And if you want to know more about Roger Bruner, you can visit His website
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, and be sure to look out for the rest of the books in the series this week.