Cost of Dreams
by Gary Stelzer
pub: Oct 2009
Flora Enriquez trusts that she has found safe haven for her young family in the remote U.S. Southwest, after fleeing the murderous environs of her homeland where her parents were slain in a civil war. Only to find that all of her life's greatest challenges, by far, still lie before her.
Cost of Dreams is an emotional roller coaster ride. Flora leaves a hellish homeland with her young siblings and thinks life in the US will be a wonderful dream. Unfortunately, she finds difficulties here as well. Throughout her life has to deal with so many hardships and heartbreak, at times this is hard to read.
Drugs, extreme violence, kidnapping, murder, betrayal all come into play but the beauty of this story is the triumph of the human spirit over adversity and pain. Flora faces so much nasty situations but just when you think she's beaten, her strong will shines and carries her through.
The pace of the story moves along well and sucks you in with interesting characters that are easy to care about (and some you don't). You're invested and want to find out what happens.
A very emotional read and at times just plain brutal but Cost of Dreams is worth it. This is written for adults but I would recommend it for older teens. It has fabulous insights and positive lessons about strength, hope and determination.
The Cover: Doesn't grab me but the content is good.
First Line: Months later, Kate Bowman sat in her study at her Lake Michigan home and remembered with an agony the appalling event that, like a splitting maul, cleaved her life into a divide of a before and after.
It lets you know you are in for an emotional story.
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