Review: Una Familia Segura

Saturday, 10 December 2016
Una Familia Segura Una Familia Segura by Annie Hughes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another wonderful book from this author. Whilst the story is emotive, it is also heartwarming and despite the horrific scenes experienced by Anna, I felt completely absorbed by this book.

Anna Rosa Castillo has been horrifically abused for most of her childhood years but now, 16 years old and having received what is hopefully her final punishment from her stepfather, she faces a future with her father, in America.

Anna knew nothing of her father but when her mother dies, he is contacted as her next of kin having been named on her birth certificate. Life with David and his family is the polar opposite of what she has lived to date; abuse aside. They are a wealthy and loving family and are immediately supportive of Anna. Anna is, as expected, reluctant to trust anyone in her life but David, Mel and Mel's son Logan are just what she needs. From her arrival in America, Anna knows that her future is with this family but she still has one hurdle to overcome and that is her return to the UK to appear in court for her stepfather's trial.

I loved this story of hope but at times I felt that Anna's happiness came a little too easily. She fell in love with her new family almost immediately and even managed to call David and Mel her Papa and mum within a relatively short time. Also, for someone who has been abused so cruelly, she seems surprisingly strong when you would expect her to take years to recover from her abuse. That said, this is still a rewarding story and I can't wait to read on.

Despite this being a story of a 16 year old, and her new friends of the same age, it isn't necessarily a YA read, nor is it a romance story although Anna’s developing relationship with Logan’s friend Jake is a sweet side story. It's more a story of a new family re-building its foundations after finding a sibling that no-one was aware of. Anna's story may be at the crux of this book, but it's also David, Mel and Logan's story and definitely one to be cherished.

This ebook was kindly provided by the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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