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Where the Willow Grows in Transylvania by Rosa Alexander

Saturday, February 4, 2012
“I do not want to hear another word about your crazy American Dream!”

Words such as these from Rosa Alexander’s father during his frequent drunken rants often drove young Rosa to seek solace beneath her weeping willow tree. One day, however, her aunt Klara visits from America, giving Rosa hope for a brighter future. Rosa held on to her dream for years, waiting for the chance to leave her beloved homeland and find a home across the ocean. The time never comes, however, and eventually Rosa marries Alan and starts a family; believing that perhaps America is not part of her plan anymore.

As life becomes increasingly harder, in 1985, Rosa and Alan finally make plans to escape the cruel eye of the Romanian government and find freedom in America. They are forced, however, to leave their children—Julia, 8; and Peter, 4—behind. When Peter and Julia are not able to join her and Alan as hoped, Rosa struggles through enormous sorrow as she begins an almost four-year battle to reunite her family.

Where the Willow Grows in Transylvania, based on the emotional true story of Rosa Alexander’s American Dream, relates how Rosa’s dream eventually becomes a grown-up search for peace and a yearning for her family to be together. As Rosa begins to trust God, she not only hears His voice but also finds her own. Rosa’s story reminds readers that with faith, dreams can come true.

Where the Willow Grows in Transylvania differs from many books on the market as it takes the reader to a different world yet encourages him/her in his own world to remember the value of love for one's family; friends; country. This book also encourages readers to hold onto . . . to never give up on their dream. As she tells her story, Rosa
reminds readers that a dream can come true - even if it takes 50 years.

Goodreads Summary

Rosa deeply desires the American Dream, but she has hard work ahead of her if she is to achieve her dream.  As Rosa matures and grows, she cherishes her dream and keeps it close to her heart.  When Rosa marries, she finally gets to America and begins to build her dream.  The only problem for Rosa concerns her children, she is unable to take her two children with her.  Rosa must figure out a way to once again complete her family while still adjusting to a new world. 

Rosa's character was fun to read about.  She was very kind, even inspirational with her deep belief in her dreams.  She certainly loves her family and is willing to go the extra mile to reunite her family.  The other characters are mostly great to get to know.  There are only a few "obstacle" characters along the way.  The reader will enjoy watching Rosa grow throughout the book. 

The plot moves along fairly quickly.  The reader will not be confused by the rapidly shifting plot, the author outlines each scene and will leave the reader with a road map of sorts.  The reader may enjoy this book especially knowing the book is based off of a true story.  This book is recommended to adult readers.

4 Stars

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