The Second Time We Met, by Leila Cobo, begins in a humble village in Colombia, where protective fathers try to keep their daughters away from the handsome young guerillas encamped around town. It doesn't work.
Years later, happy and well-adjusted young Asher faces a crisis in his life. For the first time, he really begins to wonder about his birth mother.
Thus begins the search.
It's a beautifully written book. I didn't connect with Asher as well as I wanted, and it slowed at times, but I really felt I knew Rita and her life and Colombian surroundings.
The very last page was a bit of a jar. I actually turned the page expecting more. The ending in general, however, was well done: not everything tied up in perfect bows, but enough of a resolution to satisfy the reader.
My rating: 4
I would read more of Leila Cobo's work. Click here to buy The Second Time We Met.