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Reviewed by Jessica Barbosa for Readers' Favorite
Magdalena by Davina Louise Adina is set in an era where access to resources and opportunities is scarce for a woman, especially when she has been sold to a house of ill repute by a deceitful aunt, as Magdalena was. The tragedy she faced after her mother and grandparents’ deaths throws her into the path of her Aunt Maryann who gets rid of her for personal gain. Raised and protected by her blood relatives her whole life, she is suddenly tossed into a world she knows nothing about. Still, she never loses her headstrong personality and quick wits which help her through her harrowing journey.
Magdalena is an enjoyable, empowering read about the adventures of a girl who overcomes so many obstacles given by Fate and turns into a magnificent woman along the way. She struggles not to lose herself with every unseen tragedy that enters her life and her persistence is what helps shape her into an exceptional person. Davina Louise Adina’s work encourages and empowers me with every page I read. I was pulled in by the characters’ troubles and trials. It was easy to see myself in their shoes and I constantly thought about what I would have done if I was in their place. Magdalena by Davina Louise Adina is a special tribute to women, to people who find themselves in an unexpected and difficult situation but remain resilient in the face of adversity. This book is a determined view of Magdalena’s transformation from quiet strength, but reliant to her family and the people in her life, to accomplished self-reliance and a mistress of her own Fate. Truly a bold, influential, and unforgettable book.