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Dalia: Lost Youth by Rosa Flores
Imagine a five-year-old girl living in poverty and abuse.
"She was the first female born to a farm family in Mexico. It was very much a male-dominated environment. The men were in charge. The women were to obey, serve the men, and tend to the children, who were expected to work as soon as they were able. Dalia's father was abusive and downright mean. Her mother was obedient."
Young Dalia's abusive father and three older brothers beat her for the smallest infraction. Her duty was to help her mother serve the family and to look after her two younger siblings. But her story doesn't end there.
"She felt the branch come down on her back. He hit her three times. The last blow made her fall down on the muddy ground. Everyone stood outside watching the whole thing, but nobody tried to stop him. Father told Mother to go and clean Dalia up and teach her better. Dalia decided to stop crying; she was more angry than hurt. I never want to anger him so that he beats me. When will the beatings stop? Will they ever?"
When she is 12, Dalia is kidnapped and forced to live with her kidnapper and his family. Her father catches up with Dalia's kidnapper. But instead of freeing her, he trades his daughter for a piece of land.
"Dalia was determined not to let anyone steal her glory in life."
Dalia: Lost Youth presents a powerful message that will resonate with readers of all ages.
Says author Rosa Flores, "I wanted to share Dalia's story, for those children who had ever been abused to let them know that they can survive, and never allow anyone to still their dreams and glory. They are not alone."
About the Author: Rosa Flores found it emotionally difficult to write Dalia's story and feel what she went through. The author grew up in Mexico and now lives in Dawsonville, Georgia. In her early teens, she was blessed to immigrate to United States and became a citizen. She continued her formal education in California, became proficient in the English language, and has held executive positions in several U.S. companies. Now retired, she enjoys nature and hiking, especially walking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail in Spain. This is her first book, and a sequel is in the works.
Publisher's Website: www.sbprabooks.com/