Alvarado’s latest novel is an absorbing tale of one woman’s struggles against social injustice, first as a saboteur during the Costa Rican revolution, and later, as wife to an abusive husband. Defying the notion that girls can’t be soldiers, Bertelina sets out to attain personal fulfillment, eventually becoming embroiled in her country’s revolutionary quest for social justice. But her personal life becomes a hell after marriage. Determined to protect her children, Bertelina leaves Costa Rica for the United States. But her struggles have just started. Alvarado draws on a true story for his complex plotting, and his characterization is authentic. He paints a moving portrait of Bertelina trying to come to terms with her abusive marriage and Bertha’s family’s struggle with her Alzheimer. The measured third-person omniscient narrative allows for increased tension while offering insight into the characters’ emotional well-being. Discussions of freedom, self-reliance, personal strength, courage, belief, determination, and aging are subtle and realistic. Set in Costa Rica and The United States, this poignant literary tale will leave readers thoroughly satisfied.
Never to Forget: The Promise of Love
Pub date August 2, 2022
Price $16.95 (USD) Paperback, $4.99 Kindle edition