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The Tormenting Beauty of Empathy Kindle Edition
When a mute peasant woman flees Civil War-torn Guatemala for the United States, she and her daughter soon—and forever—change the world as we know it.
- FINALIST: Readers’ Favorite Book Awards 2021 – Fiction – Religious Theme
“...a beautiful, touching, and redeeming tale that I can highly recommend to everyone. When as a reader you feel better inside for having read a book, you know the author has achieved his or her goal. This is such a book.” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Grant Leishman (5 STARS)
Hana fell mute after a horrendous childhood tragedy in her native Guatemala. As an adult, she flees the brutal Civil War ravaging her country in search of a better life in the United States, hoping to settle into a simple, peaceful life of embroidery and raising Josefa, her daughter. Yet Josefa turns out to be... different... and special—the kind of special that draws worldwide attention, for the better and worse. No one could have anticipated what would happen next.
“...the story moves with basic grace... told with heartfelt belief, but also with an unswerving directness that feels preordained.” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Joel R. Dennstedt (5 STARS)
EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS a contemporary literary/religious exploration of two women—a mother and daughter—driven by extraordinary circumstances in a memorable story you'll not soon forget. [DRM-Free]
BOOKS BY RICHARD ROBBINS:
- Love, Loss, and Lagniappe
- The Tormenting Beauty of Empathy
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About the Author
EDITOR: Lane Diamond has over 170 published books (and counting) to his editing credit, including many multiple award-winners, across many genres and styles. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B08VJG5TMV
- Publisher : Evolved Publishing LLC; 1st edition (5 April 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 3428 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 264 pages
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This book is hauntingly beautiful, befitting of its title. It is deeply spiritual without being religious, sad without being devastating, and hopeful without being saccharine. I walked away with so many questions that I'm desperate to get someone I know to read it so we can discuss it.
The Tormenting Beauty of Empathy is an easy recommendation that will make you feel, think, and celebrate.
The trials and tribulations of his main characters, Hanna and Josefa, are gripping and educational as well. As I followed Hanna’s story, it compelled me to learn more on my own about the Guatemalan Civil Wars.
I definitely learned a lot about this historical period, which I readily admit I was ignorant of.
Robbins is a great story teller and the imagery he creates is quite vivid. I highly recommend his new book as you will be entertained, while learning a little history along the way!
I have to first say I need another box of tissues! The Tormenting Beauty of Empathy by Richard Robbins is hauntingly, poetically, beautiful, and may wring emotions from you that you didn't know you were capable of feeling. At least it did me.
WARNING...SERIOUS SPOILERS IN THE BRIEF SYNOPSIS BELOW!
Hana's parents are killed in the Civil War in Guatemala when she's just five years old. Left mute by the tragedy, she runs to a nearby village to escape the soldiers. Eventually, Hana meets and befriends Deisi and when they are teenagers, soldiers are again on the doorstep. The two decide to escape Guatemala and make their way to America, via Mexico. From Mexico, they arrange for coyotes to take them across the border into the U.S. Naive Hana ends up impregnated by one of the coyotes and refuses to abort or give up her baby, so she is separated from her best friend and is sent to a Guatemalan community in Florida that helps female refugees with children. Her daughter, Josefa turns out to be an extraordinary, highly spiritual, gifted, young woman, who influences millions and is, therefore, the target of many threats.
That's the dry meat and bones of this incredibly well-written, well-researched, story, which has an emotional ending I was totally unprepared for, but that worked so beautifully. I loved this book (it's one of few I will definitely read again!) 5 stars isn't enough for The Tormenting Beauty of Empathy. I highly recommend it as your next read!