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Amy Lignor

Reviewer Amy Lignor: Amy is the author of a historical fiction novel entitled The Heart of a Legend, and Mind Made, a work of science fiction. Presently, she is writing an adventure series set in the New York Public Library, as well as a teen fiction series, The Angel Chronicles.  She is an avid traveler and has been fortunate to have journeyed across the USA, where she has met the most amazing people, who truly bring life and soul to her books.  She lives in the Land of Enchantment (for now) with her gorgeous daughter, Shelby, her wonderful Mom, Mary, and the greatest friend and critic in the entire world - her dog, Reuben

 
By Amy Lignor
Published on March 18, 2011
 



Authors: Laura Resau and Maria Virginia Farinango
ISBN: 978-0-385-73897-2



Authors: Laura Resau and Maria Virginia Farinango
ISBN: 978-0-385-73897-2

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For two such amazing women to team up and produce a book of such emotional magnitude is a true “gift” for readers. Laura Resau is an award-winning author, and Maria Farinango is an actress, radio show performer, and dancer. Together they have written a book based on the true story of an incredible young woman who must find her own path in life, while trying to deal with two cultures that are comprised of completely opposite beliefs.

Virginia, our heroine, has an incredibly large family living in a small home located in a village of indigenas. This particular “class” of people are the hard-workers - the people who slave in the fields all day long, even as children, to support their families. The class of people that seem to “rule” over their society are referred to as the mestizos, which are made up of descendants of Spain. They seem to think nothing of calling Virginia’s people stupid Indians while they go about their business and look down on the hard-workers that make life possible.

Virginia is soon abducted, in a way, by a mestizo couple. They wish Virginia to be their servant and there is literally nothing that can be done to stop them from getting what they want. Virginia is only seven years old at the time and has no idea what these rich overlords are expecting of her. So, with a heavy heart, leaving her beloved family, Virginia finds herself in a world she knows nothing about sitting at the bottom of the proverbial ladder.

When she is introduced to a world that is full of luxuries and comfort, Viriginia’s head starts to spin, and the promises that she made to the family she left behind become muddled with the experiences she is having. But, luxuries come at a price, and the beating she receives and the constant words that tell her she is of a lower station in life and that her real job is to serve and obey her master, make Virginia become even more confused and hurt by her lot in life. Taking it upon herself to change her future, Virginia begins the task of educating herself, teaching herself how to read and write and begins to find a way deep inside her soul to hold on to the love, and humor she was taught when she was just a little girl.

Her path of self-discovery is beyond beautiful. The poignant tale of watching someone who is so caught between what she was raised to be; what she is forced to become; and, the courage it takes her to change into the being she can live with, is a heart-warming and, at times, heart-wrenching story.

One of the most frightening parts about this book is that all of this exists in our day and age…still. There are the rulers and the workers and everyone still has a label forced upon them no matter what their station in life. The prejudice that is seen daily on every street and dirt road across the globe is sickening, knowing that we must all rely on ourselves, our strength, our faith, and our desire to become the absolute best person we can become. A powerful story written by two powerful women that readers will not soon forget.


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