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Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
All I Left Unsaid: A Latina's Journey Toward Truth by Rosy Crumpton is a moving US immigrant story that may sound all too familiar to many. As a young girl, Olivia Batista leaves behind her home, relatives, father, school, and everything her little heart has formed a bond with to face a new life in the United States. Together with her mother, she comes to New York to live with her new stepfather and his extended family, and they struggle to make both ends meet. The familiarity will end here because the story will soon take many twists and turns that make it interesting and unique. Based on true events, this coming of age novel is a story of dislocation, failure, success, love, hate, sadness and a special brand of happiness.
Rosy Crumpton's All I Left Unsaid slowly unravels with a very personal letter penned by Olivia Batista and addressed to her siblings, and then it takes us to the culturally rich town of Sabanitas in Panama where her life's journey started. And before we can take all this in, she takes us to New York where, as a little girl, she has to straddle two cultures. This is a family saga that has all the ingredients of an unforgettable story but it is in the telling that the tale shines through. Rosy Crumpton is a talented storyteller that keeps her readers on edge as she stitches together the story of a woman who has to face her secret past squarely to be able to find happiness in the real sense of the word.