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on Nov. 01, 2013 :
The book the Ballad or Cinderella Jones is a epic tale of a women on a journey to move from her tormented past into a new and hopefully brighter future. She seeks love, and it seeks her as well in her travels. Talli meets many interesting characters during her walk on the Camino and her interactions with them are sad, funny, heart warming and very relatable. She struggles with her faith throughout the book and in the end does find some direction and the reader is left with a sense of peace. The reader cant help but to cheer her on in her walk while she struggles to make sense of her past and future.
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Henk-Jan van der Klis
on Oct. 05, 2013 :
The Ballad of Cinderella Jones is a mixture of a love story, travelogue and confessional. According to the author, Victoria Hanan Iglesia a true-life story chronicling a scapegoat’s journey by Tallie from the Cleveland slums to the Caribbean shore and finally to Spain’s legendary Camino de Santiago. Chapters and episodes alternating will eventually bring all memory’s pieces together. The camino brings physical challenges, astonishing landscapes, meetings with men and women from all over the world. Walking also helps reflecting on the past, overcoming broken relationships and concentrating on real treasures. During this trek of 300 miles, Tallie found her inner strength, an unexpected faith and signs that brought her peace with God.
Though only partly an actual account of the route through northern Spain itself, each chapter is hooked on a particular mile marker. Forget the churches, history lessons or deeper insights you may expect from a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela recount. This book’s extras lay in the interwoven passages from the Americas, illustrations and maps plus a set of recipes of meals offered and enjoyed during the camino.
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on Sep. 30, 2013 :
I found that Tallie took a spiritual journey because she was at a fork in the road of life and it did not matter which fork she took. What I mean is that any road was better than the road she had been on and she took the fork. The offspring of an Irish father and Mexican-American mother, she was mentally and physically abused, but resented her father more than her mother for the physical abuse he inflicted on the mother. So much that she refused to entertain the possibility of a romance with a pale skinned blue eyed person. Yet, the dark skinned lovers were frighteningly much like her father.
Her fork in the road was the spiritual journey in Spain that began in Cleveland and was a break from a spiritual prison that she so badly wanted to escape from, a hope that she would not repeat the same mistakes that her family had made, or at least be captive of. Not certain what she was looking for, she knew it would entail danger as well as truth; danger and truth in the discovery of who she might be.
During this trek of 300 miles, Tallie found an inner strength that she did not know she had, a faith that was not what she had expected, and a revelation deep down in her that explained the unexplainable and allowed her peace with a God whom she blamed for a lot of things wrong in the world.
Tallie became her own woman with an inner resolve that let her go forward and lot look back. She became a whole person when she picked up her mat and walked.
Not a bad book. Actually, it was quite good and inspiring with a lot of hidden lessons of spirituality and quality and how a person can overcome their circumstances and start anew without hating where they came from and who they are.
There's a lot of recovery in the book.
Bruce G. Todd
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