LUZ SOLARES-BREL is a beautiful 19-year old, upper class, Mexican journalist from Xalapa. On the day of her birthday, her secure and happy world comes to a schreeching halt when her father dies of a heart attack. In no time at all, her family faces poverty and the only solution is for her to go up North, undocumented. Getting to the coveted land of milk and honey is fraught with obstacles. After the dangerous crossing to California, a totally new set of challenges faces the inexperienced young woman. Starting only with her wits about her in San Buenaventura, the City of Good Fortune, she works in the most humble occupations — house cleaning, babysitting, short order cook and waitress. She does it all to support her family. True love eludes her more than once, but friendship with other young women provides warmth and trust. Luz’s journey into the different social layers of American society eventually leads her to the magic moment when she meets her twin soul. And in due time, she fulfills her dream of helping other Latinos in a column reminiscent of “Dear Abby.” She names it “Ask Luz.”

What some readers are saying:
“This book is perfect for not only the Latino community but for those who want to understand the Latino culture and what our family and friends have gone through to live a successful life in the U.S.A.” —Alejandra Sandoval

“Compelling, enlightening …. In Ask Luz, Maricarmen Ohara, describes in exquisite detail the plight of the immigrant woman as she adjusts to her new life in the United States. It is not a pretty picture, yet at the same time it is hopeful. The narrative causes the reader to pause and consider his/her attitude towards these recent arrivals and possibly to sympathize and do something positive to alleviate their suffering. It is a timely and excellent read.” Rene Lawler

“This tale of brave immigrants really ressonates with me. I was recently at Ellis Island in NYC and the ordeal faced there by folks one hundred years ago really mirros this story. The focus on abused women is appropriate. As a reader, I feel the angst of this educated woman’s hopelessness and despair. It was definitely a “page turner.” —Sally Sibley King

Book categories: Adventure and Love

Maricarmen Ohara - 2015