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Posted March 9, 2012
When you are adopted I am sure the question of "who am I re
When you are adopted I am sure the question of "who am I really" is always in the back of your mind. Asher Stone gave this some thought over the 21 years of his life, but not seriously, until the day he almost died. Everything came too close to being taken away and even though his adopted parents are a source of unconditional love, Asher has to know "who am I really.”
After he made the decision to find out why his mother and father decided another life was better than what they could offer the hunt becomes an obsession. The adventure that Asher goes on to Bogotá, Columbia with his girlfriend is one fraught with as many barriers as answers to his search. His birth mother was the master of guarding secrets and has literally disappeared into thin air. No one seems to know where she is or what happened which is a problem that slows down the hunt but does not stop it. There are people that remember bits and pieces that can be built into a whole story revealing a life that was led and the possible location of where she has gone.
One must always be careful of what you will find at the end of a quest. Will the answers be full of promise or is there despair behind that closed door. Asher cannot help but wonder if the answer he seeks is not one that should be sought, perhaps when someone is hiding there is a reason for it and you should let it go.
The book that Leila Cobo has written is absolute brilliance. She takes the reader through every step of the emotional journey that Asher goes through and makes you feel as if you are there holding his hand through it all. Ms. Cobo elaborates with clarity what could have been as much as much as what is making sure readers never lose the important point of view, elaborating the story from all sides, and reminding us how much we take for granted. We are all curious about our DNA regardless of who raised us because there is something that makes us unique as much as it makes us a part of something
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Posted February 23, 2012
Read in one Sitting--Wonderful Book!
I bought this book on the recommendation of my online book club. I was riveted.
Cobo is an extraordinary writer, one who paints scenes and characters in such vivid detail, you actually feel the location, the people, the air. She truly brought Colombia to life.
I loved the story of Rita and how she reclaims her shattered dreams and changes her life and herself. But I also loved Asher, and how he's torn between the mother he knows and loves and the one he wants to meet. I wanted to put my arms around Linda, who supports her son's search but can't help but feel resentment against the unknown mother. And I so wanted to save Lucas from the life he was forced to live.
Cobo's characters aren't black or white. They're torn and flawed and sometimes contradictory, but that's what makes them so compelling and believable.
I am currently re-reading the book, and discovering new nuances along the way, and crying all over again.
I can't recommend it highly enough.
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Posted July 28, 2013
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