Thursday, March 29, 2012 Posted by Dina N
Adored and nurtured by his adoptive parents in California, Asher Stone has moved effortlessly through a nearly perfect life. He is on the verge of a professional soccer career-when a car accident throws his future into doubt. Suddenly, Asher begins to wonder about his past, and about the girl who gave him up for adoption in Colombia two decades ago. And so begins his search for a woman named Rita Ortiz.
From the teeming streets of Bogota to a tiny orphanage tucked into a hillside, Asher untangles the mystery of Rita's identity, her abrupt disappearance from her home, and the winding journey that followed. But as Asher comes closer to finding Rita, his own parents are faced with fears and doubts. And Rita must soon make her own momentous choice: stay hidden in her hard-earned new life, or meet the secret son who will bring painful memories - or the promise of a new beginning...
The Second Time We Met is a beautifully written, moving and honest look at motherhood, adoption, and second chances. It's the story of two people, related by blood but otherwise very different: a Colombian woman and an American college student. He is driven and successful, raised by his adoptive parents with love and with every opportunity a well-off family could provide. After a devastating injury, Asher's plans for the future are shattered and he suddenly feels the need to find his birth mother. She grew up in a small Colombian town, unloved by her distant parents, a sheltered existence that ends when she falls in love with a guerrilla. Rita leaves her home, never to return, to have a baby and give him up for adoption.
The narrative follows the two story lines - one from past to present and the other almost the opposite, from present to past - until they converge with the meeting between Rita and Asher. But the book is not about the reunion of an adopted boy with his biological mother. It deals with difficult dilemmas, making the reader really consider what's best - or less worse - in some of life's most complex situations. A slightly different set of circumstances - a more loving family for Rita, another man fathering her child, a dinner with his girlfriend rather than a late drive for Asher - may have lead them on completely different paths. Just like Rita's small town that changes entirely thanks to a road passing through, people's lives can be turned around by circumstances and opportunities.
The Second Time We Met is a wonderful book, poignant and thought-provoking. It's Leila Cobo's second book, after Tell Me Something True, and I just can't wait for her third.
Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation was obtained for this post. Cover art and book description courtesy of the publisher or PR firm.