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Plaza Familia Online Book Club | July Books {week 2}

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Written by Maybelline



Welcome to the second week of the Plaza Familia Online Book Club!, If this is your first time visiting I suggest you click here and read what the Club is all about so you can participate during the month of July and join us in the reading of “Paula” by Isabel Allende and the children’s book “Pele: The King of Football” by Monica Brown.

To read Isabel Allende is a literary delicatessen, her words are so detailed, so real that transmit feelings and emotions, her words make me travel and even perceive odors. ‘Paula’ is a moving piece, totally personal and intimate, where in an attempt to preserve the sanity and memories of the past, Allende writes letters to her daughter in a coma, so when she wakes up she cannot forget who she is and where she came from.

It is an easy book to read; perhaps because it is composed of small letters that actually are interwoven but also mixed between episodes lived in the hospital and yet are independent events that make reading very enjoyable and interesting.

Reflections and self discover come to my mind when turning the pages of the book, because I feel that while the words and stories came to Isabel while writing these letters to her daughter, she was discovering, healing and even understanding her own life.

Allende is known for the magical realism present in her books, but Paula is the exception, however, she makes these magical and mysterious episodes that we are used to when she remembers his childhood. Always making her mark and putting her personal touch even in intimate letters.

Turning to the children’s book “Pele: The King of Soccer ‘ I should say it’s the perfect book if you have a boy at home, perhaps because the theme of sport and balls, but has been a success at home. The illustration is spectacular and extremely well made, but maybe one of the things I like the most is that the book is 100% bilingual.

Hope you’re enjoying the books of the month of July, read you later!.

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About the author


Maybelline nació y creció en Maracaibo, Venezuela, donde se
graduó con honores en Comunicación Social. Vive en la Florida con su esposo y su hijo de 2 años. Es la editora del blog NaturalmenteMama.Com donde escribe sobre vida verde y natural.

  • Brisa2467

    I’m touched by the review alone and I’m most definitely going to make this my next read. I’ve been through a similar, albeit a less traumatic experience with a family member in the past and I can definitely relate to a story like this. The love of a mother for her child is the most beautiful thing in the world and so I’m sure this book will be the most beautiful literary experience of my life.

    • Naturalmente Mamá

       I have to say that I’ve cried reading this book and to be honest I haven’t felt so moved in a long time while reading. It’s a book written from the heart and you can sense it.

  • Chan weerasekara

    very interesting book read

    • Naturalmente Mamá

       Thank you, Chan! I hope you find it and enjoy it as much as I did

  • Osvaldo

    To have the strength to write letters to your daughter in such an emotional and difficult time, I have the greatest respect for this author. I’ve been looking for couple books that I could gift to my daughter and my mother, but I don’t think I’ll be needing two different books. I know what my family and I will be reading for the next couple of weeks. Thanks for the recommendation.

    • Naturalmente Mamá

       It’s a great book for mothers and daughters! they will love it!. Let me know what you think of it once you read it.