Not Lost Forever

Not Lost Forever

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by Carmina Salcido, Steve Jackson
     
 

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Not Lost Forever is Carmina Salcido’s remarkable story of survival and healing following the 1986 murderous rampage by her father, Mexican immigrant Ramon Salcido in the wine country of Sonoma Valley, California. Left for dead at three years old—her throat brutally slashed—Carmina miraculously survived what is widely considered one of

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Not Lost Forever is Carmina Salcido’s remarkable story of survival and healing following the 1986 murderous rampage by her father, Mexican immigrant Ramon Salcido in the wine country of Sonoma Valley, California. Left for dead at three years old—her throat brutally slashed—Carmina miraculously survived what is widely considered one of California’s most notorious crimes: the unthinkable attack that savagely destroyed seven innocent lives, including Carmina’s entire family. At once a harrowing true crime story and the inspirational first-person account of a young girl’s strength, heart, and determination in the nightmare’s aftermath, Not Lost Forever is a shocking and profoundly moving tale of perseverance and hope, and of a precious life regained.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061943263
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/06/2009
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
85,806
File size:
818 KB

Meet the Author

Carmina Salcido lives and works in Northern California.


Steve Jackson is a bestselling author who lives and works in Colorado.

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Not Lost Forever 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
tinagirl More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one day. It is an amazing story, and I would absoutely refer this book to all who have been threw a bad childhood and who thought that they would not make it through life. It is a story of love, family, home, children, jealously, murder, but the ending is happy---this little girl made it. When one reads this book, you will shed alot of tears and you will want to just meet this author and hug her and tell her that everything will be ok--not to worry. This is a very honest book that had to be very difficult to write. Even though the reading will send chills up one's spine,it will also make you realize that when in doubt, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. An excellent Book!
Kagrish More than 1 year ago
Heartbreaking story that I could not put down. Lots of details are in this book that have not been released elsewhere. I wish I could have adopted little Carmina to give her all the love she deserves!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not Forever Lost by Carmina Salcido is about a three year old who survived after her father brutally murdered her family and tried to murder her. I enjoyed this book because it was about how Carmina survived after everything that happened to her. She was left with her sisters to die in the county dump after her father slit their throats. She was the only one who survived out of his mother, grandmother, two aunts and two sisters. Carmina's grandfather didn't think he could take care of her, so he put her up for adoption. She went to live with a family named the Swindells who abused her and didn't let her go anywhere or see anything unless it was with families the Swindells knew. I enjoyed this book because it showed how she fought and got through it, and it makes me think that I can too if something bad happens, and I want to give up. Adults and young adults would find this book sorrowful and gruesome at the beginning but happier at the end. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book really stuck to me I love it
whippet-lover More than 1 year ago
After seeing a 20/20 interview with Carmina Salcido, I was hooked on this story. I ordered the book and read about Carmina's ordeal. I live about an hour away from where this awful event happened so I was immediately interested. I did not know the details but I remember when the news broke. Also the adults in this story are my peers. I am just so glad that Carmina not only survived but has become such a lovely person.
Non-FictionReader More than 1 year ago
An amazingly heartbreaking story of Carmina Salcido reliving the abusive and deadly life at the hands of her father. This book is a must read and needs to be a real eye opener for anyone who is in an abusive relationship! I also highly recommend everyone in an absuive relationship to read this book and get out before it's too late!! Carmina's book is proof of why. It is so terribly sad that Carmina still struggles with life today. My hope is that she can get the proper guidance. Thank you, Carmina, for sharing your story.
asebast More than 1 year ago
This book is horrific, tragic, inspiring and wonderful all at the same time. Her bluntness is refreshing and fascinating. Her tone when she describes the day that her Dad attempts to murder her is insane in a way that makes you want to know her. She is fascinating and lovable as an author. I don't think most people would survive the life that she had without being broken and she is so far from broken. Some spirits just aren't breakable. I could not put this book down. I read the first 150 pages without taking a break I could hardly take breaks to use the bathroom or get a drink of water. It takes a phenomenal human being to be on the other end of what she's been through and to be able to articulate and write this book the way she did is truly amazing. I cannot put into words how much you have to read this book. It will change your life. Carmina Salcido will make you believe that there is a God--that is the only way. I remember the day this happened. My school was one of those on "lock-down" while she waited in that field all alone.. Her story is beyond inspiring, beyond hope, beyond all words. I am so glad that she is speaking. I am so glad that she is sharing with all of us what really happened that day. So many of us had wondered all this time and she gives us a piece of the picture. Thank you Carmina. All the best to you and your life. I wish you only happiness from now on.
The-Intuitive-One More than 1 year ago
I think Sonoma County residence will remember this case and this book tells the details of what happened to a little girl who said: " My daddy cut me." I was close to this case but read the book and read about my friends who were involved in this case and may still be until Ramon Salcido crosses over.As for Carmina, I hope that by writing this book gives her some closure but we all know, this event will stay with her for the rest of her life. She will be a stronger person because of it. I hope all is well will be with her and she will go forward with her life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh. Mah. Glob. A-mazing! :p I reallllllllllly like it. You have such a great mind o have come up with something so original. Like I said - It's like I'm reading a book that I bought myself. An ACTUAL book. It's so goood.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To say the newborn child was different was an understatement. The eyes were a sparkling coppery mist, the hair unnaturally long. The teeth were sharp, coming to a point, the nails long, able to scratch and draw blood if not careful. Looking into the copper eyes of the crying baby would cause nightmares to even the strongest willed people, destroying themselves from the deepest, darkest fears in the fringes of their mind. The newborn child was special.<br>&nbsp "Keep it away from me," the mother cried out, adverting her eyes away from her child to watch her husband, the baby's father. The young woman stretched out her hand to push the midwife away, of whom was holding the child.<br>&nbsp The father sat down by the mother's side, holding her other hand tightly. "We must care for it though," he whispered softly, just as distraught as the mother.<br>&nbsp "We can't," she responded, setting her arm down and trusting the midwife not to come closer. She set her right hand on top of their clasped hands. "We can take the consequences, but l'm not raising a...a demon. An abomination of nature." Her own brown eyes displayed desperation. Fear.<br>&nbsp "Alright," he ceded. He looked up at the midwife, carefully keeping his gaze away from the still crying baby. "Cast it to the woods," he demanded.<br>&nbsp The midwife shook her head, hugging the baby closer. "I can't do that. This baby, he has a right to live. Please. I beg you to reconsider," she replied stubbornly, her green eyes large, hopeful.<br>&nbsp The father glanced down at the mother briefly and then shook his head. "No. Take it to raise on your own then," he replied coldly and sternly. "And you can never come back here again."<br>&nbsp The midwife took in a deep breath, knowing she had to keep the newborn, no matter the cost. "Fine," she agrees bitterly after considering her options. "But you must name him," she compromised.<br>&nbsp The mother nodded briefly, deciding to name her son herself. "Damien. Damien Wynters," she replied quickly before the father could reply. She watched her father carefully, hoping he would stick to her decision.<br>&nbsp The man nodded quickly. "Damien Wynters," he repeated in case the midwife had not heard. "Now get out of our sight and our home with that beast."<br>&nbsp After the midwife ran out of the room, the mother burst into tears. "Agatha," the father said softly. "It's alright. We made the right choice." He comfortingly squeezed her hand. "We'll be okay." He wiped the tears from Agatha'a face with a spare cloth.<br>&nbsp "l hope so, James," she murmurs. "I hope so."<br>&nbsp "We did," James reassured her calmly.<br>&nbsp "How did this happen," she asked softly.<br>&nbsp "l don't know but l plan to find out to prevent it from happening again."<br>&nbsp Silence ensued for a minute and the midwife, who was eavesdropping just outside the door with a now silent baby) decided there was nothing more to be heard. Her eyes flashed copper as she smiled down at the baby boy in her arms. The boy would grow to be very powerful, a leader, more powerful than the other children of Fyre.<br>&nbsp The midwife's eyes went back to their original green colour. Moments later, the midwife and her new child disappeared from sight, vanishing without a trace from the enormous castle. The only thing that remained from the presence at the castle was a locket of the baby's hair, left on the ground in the room and kept safe by Agatha as a reminder of her first child.<p>~L&beta
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I cried...Carmina's story is far from over. I hope to hear more about her and her successes. A TRUE survivor.
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