Synopsis: A news anchor intern has it all planned out, and love isn’t on the agenda.
Brooke Endress is on the cusp of her lifelong dream when her younger sister persuades her to chaperone a mission trip to El Salvador. Packing enough hand sanitizer and bug spray to single-handedly wipe out malaria, she embarks on what she hopes will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
But Brooke is blindsided by the desperation for hope and love she sees in the orphans’ eyes. And no less by the connection she feels with her handsome translator. As newfound passion blooms, Brooke wrestles with its implications for her career dreams.
Ubaldo Chavez, teacher and translator, knows the struggle that comes with generational poverty. But he found the way out – education – and is determined to help his students rise above.
When he agrees to translate for a mission team from the United States he expects to encounter a bunch of “missional tourists” full of empty promises. Yet an American news anchor defies his expectations, and he finds himself falling in love. But what does he have to offer someone with everything?
My Thoughts: This is the first book I’ve read that focused on a missions trip. I read another book by Jennifer Slattery (Breaking Free…review here) and really enjoyed her writing so I was excited to pick this one up.
The story follows Brooke, who reluctantly goes on a missions trip to El Salvador with her younger sister but it has a big effect on her life. It also follows Ubaldo, a native of El Salvador who translates for the group of North Americans and Fatima, a village girl who has a very difficult life.
I loved Ubaldo. It was very interesting to see Americans through his eyes and to see how he looked at missionaries (people with deep pockets who want to stroke their own egos). I have to admit, this was a bit convicting and caused me to analyze myself.
There were a lot of things in this book that were thought provoking. I finished it yesterday but found myself revisiting the story in my mind throughout the day.
I also loved that the story of Hagar from the Bible is included in the book. Hagar’s story has always spoken to me so I was happy to see it used here.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in a touching story that will cause you to think.