The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward

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The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward, publisher Blackfriars, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  This cover is the latest edition published on the 4th February 2016.

To buy link:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Same-Sky-Amanda-Eyre-Ward/dp/0349134324/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1454766045&sr=8-1&keywords=amanda+eyre+ward

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Alice and her husband, Jake, own a barbecue restaurant in Austin, Texas. Hardworking and popular in their community, they have a loving marriage and thriving business, but Alice still feels that something is missing, lying just beyond reach.

Carla is a strong-willed young girl who’s had to grow up fast, acting as caretaker to her six-year-old brother Junior. Years ago, her mother left the family behind in Honduras to make the arduous, illegal journey to Texas. But when Carla’s grandmother dies and violence in the city escalates, Carla takes fate into her own hands-and with Junior, she joins the thousands of children making their way across Mexico to America, facing great peril for the chance at a better life.

Poignant and arresting, The Same Sky is about motherhood, resilience, and faith – the story of two very different families on both sides of the American border.

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I loved this story.  It is a fictional story based on real events gleaned from the research the author, Amanda Eyre Ward, took visiting shelters in Texas and California listening to the tales from the immigrant children.

The book was like two stories in one which consolidated in the closing words.  I particularly liked this style of book as each chapter was focused on one side of the story.  The chapters were fairly short and after reading each one I was keen to carry on reading to find out what happened next … the storyline gripped me quite early on.

Carla is a young girl aged 12 who had to grow up extremely quickly to look after her younger brother, six year old Junior.  Their mother fled their deprived area and made the illegal move to Texas to find work and send money back to her family.  The children had been left alone in Honduras, South America with their aging grandmother.  Sadly when Carla’s grandmother died Carla and Junior’s lives became very perilous.  Food was scarce and they were left very vulnerable.  The area they lived in was prone to robberies, attacks and much worse.  The children decided to escape the poverty and had hopes and dreams of finding their mother and the American Dream.

Their journey through South America and Mexico into Texas was terrifying.  They had no legal papers and were trekking through jungles and deserts, across water and scrounging lifts on trains.  They were exploited and terrorised and the journey was filled with awful events that scar your mind and body.

The other side of this book is set in Texas, a happily married couple who own their own BBQ restaurant.  Alice is desperate for a baby but sadly has been left infertile following a serious illness.  Alice and her husband Jake have tried all means to make their family complete.  I could feel the pain and longing Alice and Jake were feeling wanting a child.

This story is so raw with its storyline but it is told with such sensitivity.  It is a fictional story but I felt like I was reading a factual book and at the end of the novel I was desperate to find out more from the characters.  The lives of these children living in poverty stricken areas is so hard to understand and you cannot imagine any child ever having to live like that.  It is very thought provoking, thousands of children are desperate for a roof over their head and food for their stomach and then on the other hand childless couples all over the world are desperate to show their love for a child.

I won’t forget this story in a long time, I will always wonder about Carla and Junior.  Through a terrible ordeal for one person can be the light of hope and joy for another … 5/5* read.

To find out more about Amanda Eyre Ward and her books please visit the following links:

http://www.amandaward.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Amanda-Eyre-Ward/69247505328

https://twitter.com/amandaeyreward

 

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