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For Freedom's Sake by Aleida Socarras is a historical fiction novel showcasing the impact of the Cuban revolution on the lives of a mother and daughter. Anne Murphy always felt a little different. Raised by an affluent family, she struggles to feel a sense of belonging and finds herself plagued by visions, triggering her anxiety further. After her father's death, she learns that Mark and Hillary were not her actual parents. Instead, they fostered her from a Catholic orphanage and later adopted her. Determined to find her biological mother, Elena, Anne embarks on a cross-country road trip, meeting people from various walks of life. When a California lawyer invites her to visit Miami with him, she finally gets the opportunity to meet her mother. But is she ready to face reality?
Author Aleida Socarras masterfully incorporates the events surrounding Operation Peter Pan, seamlessly blending them into the narrative to tell a moving story about a mother and daughter's journey to find each other. For Freedom's Sake is an unfiltered look at the conditions in which immigrants belonging to the Cuban American community fled the communist regime in Cuba, under Fidel Castro, to the United States in search of a better life. The story is divided into two narratives. One belongs to Anne and her quest for self-discovery, and the other one follows Elena's story, how she overcame extreme poverty, abuse, and later, government persecution to survive. If you enjoy well-written dramatic stories set around monumental events, For Freedom's Sake is the book for you.