About the Book
Book: Both Sides of the Border
Author: Terry Overton
Genre: Christian Fiction
Release date: March 30, 2021
Inspired by True Current Events.
Dolores, Ernesto, and Emilio Sanchez are on a quest to America to find work and to save their family, who has been devastated by their father’s accident and the drought in their home country of Honduras. But making their way to America would be too expensive for a family stricken by poverty. With only their faith in God to see them through, the teenaged siblings set off for their new home, despite the threat from the cartel, corrupt police officers, starvation, and death.
Meanwhile, Eva Jordan is determined to start a new life on the American side of the Mexican border, hoping to shake off the scars from a horrible marriage. Despite her mother’s concern for her daughter living so close to the border, Eva decides to take a vacation to the other side to sharpen up her Spanish and relax before her new job begins. She is struck by the beautiful towns of Mexico, but slowly, her eyes are opened to the dangers that are knocking at her front door.
When a hurricane washes away the border walls, will the two sides collide in hatred or unite in perfect harmony?
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Both Sides of the Border examines the lives of three children fleeing Honduras for the United States, along with a woman from the United States who relocates to Texas along the Mexican border. With the jumps from the stories about Dolores and her brother Ernesto and Emilio from Honduras along with Eva from the United States, I found the transitions well done.
I appreciated the struggles the three young people faced with faith kept me reading. Upon her arrival in southern Texas to teach at a university, Eva immediately sets out on an excursion south of the border. With train rides, cartels, and other dangers, the three young people also encountered kind people who willingly helped them.
Adding In a hurricane towards the end of the book adds suspense to the novel. I respected the way the author presented this work of fiction. So if you enjoy reading stories about people trying to make it into the United States that include the point of view of United States citizens as well, check out this book for yourself. I definitely recommend it.
I received a complimentary copy of this book, but this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own
About the Author
Terry Overton is a retired university professor of educational and school psychology. She has an Ed.D. in Special Education and a Ph.D. in Psychology. Her professional experience includes teaching public school, teaching at the university level, and being a college dean. She has two children and six grandchildren. Her writing and publication experiences include textbook and journal articles in the fields of special education and school psychology. She seeks to answer God’s call to share the good news and grow the church by writing Christian books and devotionals. She recently penned her first poetry book in honor of servicemen and women. Her book “Both Sides of the Border” is a Firebird Book Award winner in the categories of Cross-Genre, Socio-Political Fiction, and Women’s Fiction. She and her husband live in the southern tip of Texas where they enjoy semi-tropical weather and spending time with their friends and family.
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As a Christian author, my goals in writing “Both Sides of the Border,” were to have the reader question their own understanding of the people and events of U.S.-Mexico border, analyze these world events through a Christian worldview, and enjoy the plot’s twists and turns. During their travels, the main characters of the story display different levels of their own faith. In the end, both women have increased their faith and understanding of God.
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