Guillermina and the Rose

Guillermina and the Rose : The Story of a Little Girl Who Only Wanted to Be Wanted

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When the author takes a day trip to Tijuana, he's just after a couple stiff drinks and an escape from the rigors of being a front man for a international billion-dollar computer company. What he finds instead is a run-down orphanage full of malnourished, haunted children and the ardent Madres who watch over them. At the Casa, the orphans have bags under their eyes and harbor strange secrets. They keep their eyes glued to the floor and they cling to the stucco corners of the compound, shying away from visitors despite their eagerness to explore anything connected with the outside world. Into this hive stumbles Bob, with the lone goal of testing out his fancy American computers on the Spanish-speaking children. But he soon loses his focus when he meets Guillermina, a sickly yet precocious eight-year-old whose genuine smile wins his cold, tired heart almost immediately. But as Guillermina's English skills improve, so does her ability to reveal the nuns' secrets, secrets which threaten the core of Mexican society and Catholic rule. While the author and Guillermina attempt to forge a happy path to adoption, details about the Casa begin to surface from their quiet depths, and the pair soon fears for their lives. Guillermina and the Rose is a true story of a relationship formed in the midst of chaos and corruption. Despite the problems that besiege them and the trials they must face, the author and Guillermina never doubt their love and need for each other, and their faith is a testament to what is possible when we hold tight to hope and have faith. All is completed when a rose is presented to Guillermina in a crowd from a child that no one sees but her and her new father. Yet, Guillermina holds a rose from out of nowhere
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Product details

  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 20mm | 526g
  • Fredrick MD, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1462683150
  • 9781462683154

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Robert has taken a business trip from San Diego to Tijuana and finds himself stuck there longer than he had intended. Being stuck in Tijuana is the turning point for Robert as he is soon to learn his life is about to change forever. The Casa, which is an orphanage run by Nuns was extremely run down causing the children to live with little clothes and food and much work, chores, and schooling. The children are malnourished, dirty, smelly, and clearly overworked. My heart broke when I heard about the living conditions of the children at The Casa, but it only gets worse. The Casa is really a front for much more horrific things going on behind their cover as an orphanage. As Robert gets Guillermina to warm up to him, she learns enough English to tell him the true horrors that happen behind her walls, they are being abused for child pornography and child prostitution. After learning about the scandalous acts that Guillermina has been put through, he decides to go through whatever is humanly possible to adopt he and get her away from such a shameful and outrageous place to live. Don Crush did a great job at describing how horrendous the orphanage appeared to be. His writing painted a clear picture that immedietly made me feel Guillermina, and the other orphan's, pain. While reading this book I was filled with such strong emotions but it will turn up all worth it in the end, as Guillermina is presented with a rose. I give this book 5/5 for a unique and heartfelt, emotional book that will open up anyone's soft spot as they read Mr. Crush's novel. www.stuffedshelves.comshow more
by elizabeth barbarick
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