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Book Review: AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins

I was gifted this book by Jonathan Ball Publishers in exchange for an honest review


También de este lado hay sueños. On this side, too, there are dreams.

Lydia Quixano Pérez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable.

Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with a few books he would like to buy—two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same.

Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride la bestia—trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place Javier’s reach doesn’t extend. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to?


I liked the story. I know the book got mixed reactions and caused some controversy. It was a good story and easy to follow. Spoke about issues that are real in the lives of people running away from home. This book made me realize how priviledged I am, but in the same breath, your life can change in an instant.

Imagine loosing your family all at once. Imagine running from killers. Imagine, finding out that a good friend is not who he/she seems. That’s the reality in this book.

It took a while for me to read, but I enjoyed the story behind it.

Book Review: HOME TRUTHS by Susan Lewis


Jonathan Ball Publishers gifted me a copy of this book in return for an honest review.


Angie Watts used to have everything. A new home. A beloved husband. Three adored children.

Then Angie’s perfect life is shattered – and it’s up to her to hold the family together.

Her son is missing. Her daughter is looking for help in dangerous places. And it’s getting harder and harder for Angie to keep them safe.

But Angie is a mother. And a mother will protect her family whatever it takes…

Page-turning and emotional, Home Truths is the stunning new novel from the Sunday Times bestseller.


When I finished this book the following sayings came to mind: “Every cloud has a silver lining” & “There’s light at the end of the tunnel”

This was a beautiful story of the love of a mother and the lengths she would go to keep her family safe and together.

From the very beginning I was hooked. I needed to know what happened and why it happened. The book though, started off with a cliffhanger and then went into the life of a mother that is given a really raw deal. She struggles keeping it together.

This book deals with issues of debt, missing children, violence, trafficking of drugs and people. This might be a trigger if you have dealt with issues before. It’s heart-breaking and emotional. As a mother, it hit me to the very core. I was so empathetic of Angie. I kept asking myself if I would be able to go through this as a single parent.

Loved it! If you love emotional books that give you that real life feel, I would recommend this book.