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The story itself is very good. I don't find many stories that I am willing to listen to knowing that there is a series. I am glad this was one that was enjoyable. There were times I thought the narrator was reading a storybook to an elementary classroom; especially in the beginning. Other times, the story itself seemed a bit elementary. In spite of that, I finished the story in 2 days, so it was pretty good. I plan to listen to the rest of the series. I received the audio book free for an honest review.
The book starts with a horrid trip across the ocean with many other people looking for a better life in America. The same sort of thing still happens when people are stuffed into trucks after they pay outrageous fees to be brought into the US from Mexico.
A wife arrives in Philadelphia with her toddler, leaving her husband to raise money for his trip later. She is expected to live with cousins that she has never met, work in a factory even though she has never worked a day in her life. She struggles with living in a strange culture and dealing with a cruel, abusive boss, and losing a pregnancy without the support of her husband.
The character development is through; I felt I was able to know each person and how they were supportive in the story. This would be a good book to listen to while on a long weekend getaway.
I expected the typical historical fiction with romance and drama, but nothing like what I heard. The twists kept coming, and the narration kept me interested until the very end. There are some violent scenes, so if you are of faint of heart, this is not the book for you. However, even the violent scenes were performed impeccably.
The story takes place in 1820 when a young woman takes her son traveling to America. The conditions she faces at work, with family and in society are real and believable. The twists and turns this roller coaster takes you on is a wild ride.