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The Tormenting Beauty of Empathy

The Tormenting Beauty of Empathy

by Richard Robbins

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When a mute peasant woman flees Civil War-torn Guatemala for the United States, she and her daughter soon—and forever—change the world as we know it.

  • FINALIST: Readers' Favorite Book Awards 2021 – Fiction – Religious Theme

"...a beautiful, touching, and redeeming tale that I can highly recommend to everyone. When as a reader you feel better inside for having read a book, you know the author has achieved his or her goal. This is such a book." ~ Readers' Favorite Book Reviews, Grant Leishman (5 STARS)

Hana fell mute after a horrendous childhood tragedy in her native Guatemala. As an adult, she flees the brutal Civil War ravaging her country in search of a better life in the United States, hoping to settle into a simple, peaceful life of embroidery and raising Josefa, her daughter. Yet Josefa turns out to be... different... and special—the kind of special that draws worldwide attention, for the better and worse. No one could have anticipated what would happen next.

"...the story moves with basic grace... told with heartfelt belief, but also with an unswerving directness that feels preordained." ~ Readers' Favorite Book Reviews, Joel R. Dennstedt (5 STARS)

EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS a contemporary literary/religious exploration of two women—a mother and daughter—driven by extraordinary circumstances in a memorable story you'll not soon forget. [DRM-Free]


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Product Details

BN ID: 2940164659011
Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC
Publication date: 04/05/2021
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Richard’s novels explore important moral questions such as the price of fame, the nature of loss and redemption, and the meaning of life, through the lens of family dynamics. He lives with his wife in New Orleans and New York City, near their adult children, and his work is infused with the flavor of those vibrant and unique cities.

Richard was named Louisiana Independent Author of the Year for 2020, and his works have won numerous awards, including Feathered Quill Book Awards and Readers’ Favorite Book Awards.

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