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Both Sides of the Border (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?
Five Stars From Reader Views
Both Sides of the Border
Terry Overton Ambassador Books (2021)
Reviewed by Ashley Hooker for Reader Reviews (07/2021) 5* A Fresh Outlook on Immigration
In "Both Sides of the Border," Terry Overton has given us a story so relevant that one cannot ignore the immigration issues our country faces. Her story is poignant, yet fresh. She also shows the reader that God has everything to do with our circumstance and outcomes.
In the story, readers learn about a young woman named Dolores and her two brothers, Emilio, and Ernesto. They are from a close-knit family in Honduras and are migrating to the United States to help their family survive and join them later. Dolores and her brothers travel from Honduras to the Mexican border with a guide. From there, they had to cross a river and walk, catch trains, and hide from officials. On the other side of the border in Brownsville, Texas, a young woman named Eva has moved into her new apartment and is about to start a new job. She is excited and ready for this next chapter in her life. Before starting work, she goes on a Mexican vacation by bus. She tours the beautiful cathedrals, eats local cuisine, and develops a close friendship with a man named Steven.
What I learned from this book is that on both sides of the immigration issue, people are hopeful for a new life. Dolores and her brothers are looking for new opportunities in the United States. They believe that there are good people who will give them work. The conversations between the three never mention the dangers that lie in the U.S. Eva believes that Mexico is a beautiful place filled with opportunities. She doesn't realize the dangers all around her. Her friendship with Steven starts out well. Steven lives in Mexico and informs Eva of the cartel and gangs in Mexico. What she learns about Steven brings this danger closer to home.
"Both Sides of the Border" gives a fresh take on immigration. It made me think about the risk each immigrant takes to come to America. As an American, I tend to forget that there are people in our world that believe we are the land of opportunity. Dolores and her family believed that.
Their parents sent their children on a journey that could ultimately take their lives. It was dangerous, but they were willing. Eva reminded me a lot of myself. When I have traveled, I tend to think like Eva. I don't dwell on the dangers. I see most things through rose-colored lenses.
When Eva meets Dolores after a hurricane, she knows her reality was and is not real.
Overall, "Both Sides of the Border" is a book for any age and person. Overton has made me think about why immigration happens and how not everyone gets on a boat and lands at Ellis Island. Before we judge others for leaving their country, we need to walk a mile in their shoes. We need to be aware and willing to help when we can. Immigration affects us all and Terry Overton has succeeded in developing a clear, poignant representation of that fact.
Both Sides of the Border
Praise & Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 8, 2021
Both Sides of the Border by Terry Overton presents a beautiful reading experience, bringing characters together like fine lines falling from the artist’s brush. The narrative takes us on a journey from Honduras to Texas as Delores and her two brothers travel on their perilous journey to find a new life. We experience the savagery of murder, sex trafficking, and extortion offset by the extreme selflessness of those strangers sharing the bond of human kindness in torturous conditions. The vivid descriptions of their trials and tribulations present striking differences to the travels of Eva, who, as a college professor, is undertaking a parallel journey through tourists’ eyes.
The courage of these daring characters explodes on the pages of this gripping novel as we travel with them and the characters they encounter!
For Delores and her brothers, each step is a journey into the unknown fraught with danger. Turning towards Eva, each mile on her tour bus is full of new adventures.
Moving through the chapters produced empathy for Delores and her siblings, as she desperately attempts to flee the cartels and corrupt police authorities to find a better life across the border.
Eva and her interactions with her southern charm mother added a lighter tone to this adventure that gave relief and an opportunity to catch one’s breath before the next adventure began.
The author’s descriptions of border towns and the life encountered within them frame this intricately woven story of two women pursuing the American dream.
Eva and her challenging relationship with Steven gives an insight into how we at times can be deceived by a handsome face and seduced by the magic and mystery of a different colorful culture.
The merging of their storylines through the events of nature wreaking havoc in their surrounding world eventually restored my faith in human nature and the belief that good can and often will prevail!
I can thoroughly recommend this book which has allowed a glimpse into the heart of two polar opposite families who choose to pursue a better life.
Reviewed in the United States on June 20, 2021
Does God hear our prayers when we ask for protection knowing that what we’re engaged in and pursuing is illegal and against His nature?
Maybe the proponents of situation ethics will smile and say that border crossing, though illegal, is the right thing to do considering the dire situation the siblings are faced with.
But that aside, with ‘Both Sides of the Border,’ Overton has hit the ball way out of the park.
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About Terry Overton
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. Her debut novel, 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, playing golf, and spending time with their friends and family.