Rosa Alexander and Shelah Publisher:Tate Publishing (November 1, 2011) ISBN-10:1617776130 ISBN-13: 978-1617776137 SOURCE:Received for an honest review from the publisher.
Book Description (from publisher)
Publication Date: 2011
WHERE THE WILLOW GROWS IN TRANSYLVANIA:
A historical novel coauthored with shELAH, Rosa shares how she clung to her “crazy” dream for years. In 1985, she and her husband, Alan, finally escaped the cruel eye of the Romanian Communist regime but were forced to leave their children: Julia, 8; and Peter, 4 – behind with Rosa‟s parents. As Rosa struggled through enormous sorrow throughout an almost four-year battle to reunite her family, the love she and Alan shared and their quest for freedom sustained them. Rosa’s childhood dream eventually became a grown-up search for peace and a desperate yearning for her family to be reunited. Ultimately, Rosa’s search led her to not only listen for and hear God’s voice but to also find her own. Rosa’s story reminds readers that dreams are not “crazy” and that with faith, dreams can come true.
Rosa Alexander tells a wonderful and yet harrowing tale of life in Transylvania, Romania. She begins with the horrors of living first with an alcoholic father and later the communist government of Ceausescu. Rosa’s life is not all harsh though. She is surrounded by many good people and has positive experiences as well. I had a little trouble getting started on this book because the language is very formal. The authors don’t use contractions making the dialog sound a bit odd, even foreign. Very quickly, though, the story enthralled me. I ended up reading into the early hours of morning because I couldn’t put the book down. It’s easy to forget how hard life is in other countries, even in currents times. In the 1980s, Alexander and her husband were forced to leave their home in Transylvania without their two children which is a frightened reminder of what a despotic government can do to their own citizens. Their “Sophie’s choice” of avoiding near certain death by fleeing the only home they’d ever known is any parent’s nightmare. Leaving is the not the end of their struggles and years of heartbreak ensue before the family is finally reunited. The imagery throughout the book is fabulous and made me want to visit Transylvania. Every American should read this book to better appreciate their situation.
Reviewed By: ReadWarrior