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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Leila Del Sol worked at Arizona Prime Path Mortgage and was happy with her job. She had a successful career and everything was going according to what she had planned. It wasn't easy being a curvy girl and living in Phoenix and that weekend they were celebrating the company's annual awards dinner. Her boss Samantha's attitude towards her changed when told about her pregnancy. Her move to Santa Fe with Ashford, the father of her daughter, Cristina, gave her joy, and it was a break for her from the real world. Her world turns upside down after her affair with her boss's son comes out in the open and she is deported back to Colombia. Leila had a past before she left for the United States and she wants to return before people there become aware of her presence. Will she be able to go back and join Ashford and her daughter Cristina?
The Exile by Gregory Erich Phillips gives readers glimpses of living in a third world country and how the people there dream of life in America to escape from their living conditions. It is a story about deportation, financial crisis, hatred, love, family, and relationships. The author knits in a love story against the setbacks of the mortgage business in Arizona and connects it with the problems and challenges Hispanic immigrants face while living in America. This love story is poignant and heartwarming, with a fine blend of historical as well as contemporary elements. There are some interesting twists in the plot and all the characters have been well-defined, making them relatable and palpable to readers. The story is fast-paced and that creates suspense and a sense of urgency while reading.