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She Had No Choice

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  139 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Mexico in 1918 was a dangerous place to live. Disease was ravaging village after village. Young Sofia's parents decided to take what was left of their family and brave a perilous midnight crossing into the United States, hoping to save the lives of their remaining children. They did not anticipate the hardships that lay ahead of them. After a family tragedy, Sofia is sent ...more
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Published September 10th 2011 by Lake House Books
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Judy King
I'm sorry to say I quit reading this book at 47% -- It's too bad, a good editor would have solved most of the problems. I liked the premise, I liked that characters, I cared about what was happening to them -- BUT...the inconsistencies, small errors and outright mistakes (WWII ended in 1944 according to this book) I quit reading. The time line was WAY one point She and her next siblings were born about 1 year apart. later they were 2 years apart. At one place it reported something that ...more
Nov 03, 2011 Tammy rated it liked it
Shelves: drama
I am so glad I finally got this to load on my Kindle. I didn't think I would get a chance to read it but I did and I am glad.

This is a story about a family who escapes Mexico during The Spanish Flu. Having lost three children already, the thought of losing any more is so much worse than giving up their home and the life they know.
The family become migrant workers to survive and when Sofia is still a young girl, her mothers death causes her father to make the heart-breaking choice to send her to
Feb 02, 2012 kathleen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club-books
Did I read the same novel everyone else did? Yawn...The plot was formulaic...there was no character development.. the author doesn't know how to tell a story...doesn't know how to make the people sound mexican, just throwing a few "adios amigos" around doesn't quite make one believe. So very painful to read. One of the reviewers said "this book needs a sequel". I would respond, please no!
Laurie Carlson
I give this book a 2 star review. I 'did' finish this entire book, but only because the author had asked me to review the book, so I did.
I am going to be completely honest in my review of this book, as I always am in the book reviews I do write. This book bored me to tears and the author thinks she can write. Not in my opinion.
I held off on writing the actual review because the author kindly offered her book to me to use this book as a Giveaway Prize during a Blog Hop. I did not want to write w
Nov 12, 2011 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
She Had No Choice is a family drama which originates in Sonora, Mexico. The year is 1918 during the Spanish influenza epidemic. The Ramirez family has already lost four children due to the outbreak. Juanita and Emilio make the decision to give up the land and home they own in Mexico and flee to Arizona to save their family.

Once in Arizona, the family is free from the flu epidemic; however, life is far from easy. Work is hard to get for migrant farm workers and the family suffers. Juanita dies an
Oct 02, 2012 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was okay.

The story itself is pretty good, although highly annoying at times (I tried to understand how times were different 60-80 years ago, but it was hard for me to imagine a women slaving away in the fields, being abused, and having 10 children with a man she didn't love... It, of course, goes into more details that just made me want to yell at the characters! Seriously? You had NO other choice? I didn't buy it.) and the storytelling was pretty bad. Granted she had to cover a lot of groun
Norma Budden
Apr 08, 2012 Norma Budden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: abused individuals struggling to survive, people lacking hope for tomorrow
Debra did a fantastic job writing this book. The family situations she portrayed, from one generation to the next, were of the caliber that, if given a choice, I'd rather not discuss. Abuse was prevalent and children were continually being added to families with an already debilitating financial situation.

Even so, there was always money for alcohol and tobacco which I couldn't grasp, from the perspective of a mother who wants the best for her children. Even so, I know it to be true in some soci
Jeff Dawson
Jul 23, 2012 Jeff Dawson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Story

Let’s get this out of the way. There are some serious editing and time line issues. The most glaring is the end of WWII is not 1944, rather 1945. Miss Burroughs needs to go back and make the corrections to ensure an excellent product.
Now let’s move on. Gals, you should truly enjoy this gripping story. There is no fluff in it. This is the life of Mexican-Americans attempting to find a better life for their families. Some might think that parts of the abuse Sofia and her children en
Lindsay (Everyday Is An Adventure)
First, let me say that THIS BOOK NEEDS A SEQUEL!!! As a reader, I am dying to know what became of the characters and their story. You are hanging on every detail towards the end of this book and it leaves you wanting more.

I am so appreciative of Debra Burroughs writing style - she definitely has a way with words and she writes with such compelling language that you feel as though you are right there on the pages with the characters experiencing their lives with them...and that isn't too common.

After finishing this book, I still didn't see how it was the Latin, Color Purple. Seeing as the Color Purple is one of my favorite books and movies, I was really looking forward to reading this book.

This is the story of Sofia. Her family is forced to leave their farm in Mexico when she is a small child and go to the United States. While there her parents work as migrant farmers until her mother dies. Her father wants a better life for his Sofia, so he sends her to live with his sister who has a
Nicole Hill
Jan 25, 2012 Nicole Hill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very well written book. Some parts had me mortified and crying from anger all at the same time. Others, I was crying from happiness. This is not a fairy tale by any means. This is a story that could have been written about so many women from past to present, who have had to endure hard living conditions and the injustice of a world that even still today is ruled by men. Some of whom chose to do so with their fists. This book is about survival against all odds and coming out the other ...more
Dec 26, 2011 Kaye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is about making difficult choices for the sake of family. However, sometimes the choices we make don’t necessarily turn out to be the best one for our family or ourselves in spite of our good intentions.

This is the all too familiar story of the struggles of women and the abuse they had to endure or felt they did and eventually finding the courage to change their situation.
The story is a good one unfortunately I found that as the chapters went on it was telling the same story in a slig
Jul 16, 2012 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I quit after 44%. The book was stagnant. There was little dialogue, no suspense, and little emotion. I felt like the author was very repetitive and told us too much information that the reader should already know. The book is supposed to take place in the early 1900s, but there was little to nothing to indicate that. I kept telling myself that I would finish the book because it's not hard to read (definitely doesn't seem like it was written for adults), but I know that there are much better thin ...more
Nov 29, 2011 Frances rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
For me this book was slow going because of the narrative style. It is third-person style which I find, at times, to be difficult for me. I find it hard to form a relationship with the characters when a story is told in this style. However it is a compelling look at everyday life in a alcohol related domestic violence home. It is a poignant reminder of how sad and painful that life is for all. Sofia and Eva's hopes for the future and their tenacity at reaching that brighter future brings to mind ...more
Brookita Braxton
I enjoyed reading the book. It reminds me that we all have a path and that our choices create that path. Initially the main character Sofia is faced with tough choices that seem to dictate the course of her life. Her first born daughter must make the similar choices but eventually finds her own strength to have a different life. There is nothing more important than the legacy of love that is passed from a mother to her daughter. The one thing I learned that no matter how hard the journey peace c ...more
Peggy Holloway
I enjoyed reading this book but was glad when it ended. The writing style was beautiful. What bothered me about the book was, first of all, the time line. It seemed to drag in places and then jump to much later. So the time line was inconsistent. The other thing was the fact that I like to have the main character grow and learn a little faster and not have to repeat the same mistakes over and over. I found myself getting kind of pissed off at the main character and losing patients with her.

I wil
angela yargus
Apr 03, 2015 angela yargus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Courage Comes After Outrage

I love Debra Burroughs' novels. This is no exception. I hovered between a 4 star and 5 star rating. I had to go with 5, because of the time era. It was a hard world for women, and harder for Mexican farm workers. Whereas the reader may have ideas about how these people should never realistically suffer such abuses at their homes, churches, and was all too common in those years. I know, because I grew up in that era. I am a sap for exciting endings.
Oct 12, 2011 Cass rated it liked it
Inspired by a true story, 'She Had No Choice' was a detailed accounting of a young girls life and as she grew into an adult it became the story of the life of her daughter also. Reading this book made you feel their sadness, pain, despair and at times some small bits of happiness. It was a very good book and can make you remember that you may have nothing but someone else has less. The accounting of their lives seemed truly unreal and very heart wrenching!! Other than being a little slow to go i ...more
Oct 04, 2013 Abigail rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-a-big-fan
This book is not well written. The author doesn't show you the emotion or build suspense. Instead, reading this is like reading some kind of high school assignment on a personal essay. I didn't care about the characters and I found their friends and the so called mentor types to be completely and utterly worthless in those roles.

I feel like with the right pacing this could've been a really good book but it needed some editing to get there.
Tami Harris
I made it half way through the book, but couldn't finish. The writing style was brutal, definitely didn't seem like it was written by a professional. The story line was very interesting. It could have been good.
I was excited to read this based on reviews. While the story line is good and interesting, I found it often read as a newspaper article. I think it would have been better written differently than just facts.
Oct 24, 2012 Michelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read the whole book but it was really boring and pointless. I can see the moral of the story...sorta but it really was a waste of my time.
Feb 04, 2012 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great story. I'm finding a lot of nice stories that are freebies on Amazon. Of course it may not be a freebie now. But its a very worthy read anyway.
I chose this one as it was based on a true story. It is good, but could have been way better. No real character development, and many areas are just glossed over.
Aug 06, 2012 Michele rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Written in a semi-documentary style, it was hard to follow. It jumped around a lot, and some of the timelines presented appeared inconsistent.
Jennifer Barten
Quick read but slow moving. Didn't feel like it had a real purpose. Couldn't figure out who the main character was for a long time, which bothered me.
Lisa rated it it was ok
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Debra Burroughs writes with intensity and power. Her characters are rich and the stories are full of compelling suspense and real romance. She can be found, most days, sitting in front of her computer in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, dreaming up and writing about strong women, their relationships with men (good and bad), involved in exciting, mysterious, and romantic situations.
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