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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Love Thy Neighbor: A Precarious Endeavor by Linda Bello-Ruiz is a story that demonstrates the power of love and compassion. Meet Rebecca, a woman who loves to keep to herself. She has just decided to escape the northern winters by moving into a small village on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, but her peace is disturbed by a young man whose lifestyle is punctuated by drugs, alcohol and incessant noise. Determined to get him out of her way, Rebecca contacts the authorities, but when nothing happens, she does the one challenging thing - she transforms her hatred into love of her neighbor. Read on to discover the power of love and compassion, and the effect it has on a young man who was already on his way to perdition.
Based on a real life story, this is a beautiful story beautifully told. The author introduces the reader to the conflict right off the bat: "Stress settled around my shoulders like a heavy cloak. The bass from the stereo speakers next door pounded throughout the house, keeping time with my pulsating blood pressure." The conflict moves pretty fast and the reader is keen to discover what happens to the compelling characters. Linda Bello-Ruiz writes with moving simplicity and captures emotions that readers can easily identify with. Her characters are well-developed and they arrest the attention of readers immediately. Love Thy Neighbor: A Precarious Endeavor is a story that is as inspiring as it is fast-paced, and featuring unforgettable characters. From the excellent prose to the deftly written plot, this is every bit an entertaining read.