Against the backdrop of Haitian culture and civil unrest, a single mother and her teenage daughter arrive in 1993 just as political violence escalates. As Director of a non-profit organization, Charlotte hopes to find a new sense of purpose and restore her relationship with her daughter. Yet nothing unfolds as she expects.
In the city, lively street boys win her over, but they have desperate needs. In caring for them, they come to depend on her, and she, in turn, comes to relish their banter and wit, forming a deep bond. When the paramilitary plans to assassinate them, Charlotte must choose between walking away or rescuing them at her own peril.
Sharing the turbulent trials and unexpected humor that pepper life in Haiti, Charlotte and her daughter re-discover that Love has obligating power .
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring & highly recommended!
Reviewed in the United States on December 21, 2020
Finished this book on Kindle in one sitting and loved it. I felt like I was there, riding along with the author through harrowing experiences in an underreported & tragic period in the troubled history of one of America’s nearest yet most neglected neighbors. The author tackles complex social and political issues through raw, insightful anecdotes and a delicate touch, without lecturing, pandering or virtue-signaling. Woven throughout and rising above the abjection and depravity of the setting are inspiring themes of hope, service, family and spirituality. Loved the inclusion of personal photos which really brought the stories home. I’ve only just finished and have already sent a paperback to a friend for Christmas.
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-warming & daring compassion
Reviewed in the United States on February 1, 2021
Filled with heart-warming and daring compassion, this book does not shy away from the harsh realities facing the young boys living on the streets in Haiti. It is a fascinating portrayal seen from the eyes of an American woman, Charlotte, who arrives on the island to lead a non-profit organization. Instead of ignoring the boys begging hands as she is told, she slowly gets to know them. The touching humanity shown by Charlotte is in stark contrast to the political uproar and social injustices that take place around them. It was a beautiful memoir and a read that is sure to stay in my heart forever.
5.0 out of 5 stars Chekkitout!
Reviewed in the United States on February 8, 2021
A perfectly-told gem of a story, apt for today's world and inspirational on several levels.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read! Such a moving piece!
Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2020
Absolutely phenomenal! Such a heart warming and powerful experience. I was immediately hooked and it kept me interested the entire way. It was as if I were with the writer hearing her share her stories and recollection of such a unique life experience. I would recommend this to everyone!