From the teeming streets of Bogota to a tiny orphanage tucked into a hillside, Asher untangles the mystery of Rita’s identity, her abrupt disappearance from her home, and the winding journey that followed. But as Asher comes closer to finding Rita, his own parents are faced with fears and doubts. And Rita must soon make her own momentous choice: stay hidden in her hard-earned new life, or meet the secret son who will bring painful memories-or the promise of a new beginning…
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Review from PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY
A young Colombian-American woman discovers the truth about her deceased mother’s undisclosed past in the stunning debut novel TELL ME SOMETHING TRUE.
There is a picture of Gabriella’s mother. She’s kneeling in front of a bed of roses and smiling, looking beautiful and incredibly happy. For years this was Gabriella’s favorite photo, before she learned that her mother detested gardening; that she had never wanted the house in the Hollywood hills, the successful movie producer husband, and possibly, even her only daughter.
After discovering her mother’s journal, Gabriella learns that there was so much more to her mother’s life then she was aware of. The book begins as a new mother’s letters to her baby girl, but becomes the secret diary of a woman leading a double life. The final entry leaves one question unanswered: the night her mother died, was she returning to Colombia to end an affair, or was she abandoning her family for good?
As Gabriella pieces together the puzzle, she unexpectedly meets Angel, a music producer and son of the incarcerated head of Colombia’s main drug cartel. He is the last man she should be with, but he’s also the only person that is completely honest with her. Does entering into a forbidden relationship without considering what it will do to her family make her as selfish as her mother? Or has she misjudged her mother and the decisions she’d made?
TELL ME SOMETHING TRUE is a uniquely written account of a young women’s quest for the truth. Shifting back and forth between Gabriella’s story and her mother’s, the relationship between them is masterfully brought to life.