Reviewer: Christine Davis
In New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Sheehan’s evocative and emotionally compelling novel, a mother and her adopted daughter each embark on a journey of self-discovery in the wake of a stunning revelation.
How do you keep a secret so huge that it could devastate everyone you care about? For Kate Malloy, the answer is simple: one lie at a time. That’s how she has protected her daughter for more than a dozen years, shielding her from a terrible truth. Sofia, a fifteen-year-old soccer star living in New England, believes she was born in Mexico and legally adopted by Kate. But a posthumous letter from her stepfather tells Sofia a different story—one of civil unrest and bloodshed, death-defying heroism and child-smuggling, harrowing sacrifice and desperate decisions.
Sofia’s trust in her mother is shattered. At last Kate must do what she knows is right—accompany Sofia back to Guatemala, the place where Kate found horror and heartache but also the greatest joy of her life. As mother and daughter confront the damage done by years of dangerous yet necessary deceptions, they discover how much love, hope, and happiness may still remain—if they have the courage to face their past.
The teen years can be full of changes that can have everlasting effects on a young girl. Not every teen girl finds out everything about her life is not what she thought it was! How could her mother keep the truth hidden for so long under so many lies? A mother who risked her life many years ago and lost her true love to save her
Jacqueline Sheehan’s novel “The Center of The World” brings readers face to face with the terrible civil war in Guatemala during the 1990s. And how, through the gruesome carnage of that war, a family was born.
I was drawn into this book with rememberances of Guatemala ten years later. A time that I was there doing the same thing the main character was; overseas study for college credit. I was at the same towns, market places and with Mayan Indians learning and sharing with them, just like Sheehan’s character. But I saw only what was after the war, unlike in the book, being there for the war!
This book is a tribute to what great lengths the love of a mother, the heart of a good friend and the strength of the binding ties of family can have on one’s life. You will be in tears and cheering while you travel along the reading road to The Center of the World!