Verdict: EL POMBERO! is an adventure tale and a heartwarming tale of healing and family reconciliation, all in one - but it could use some expanding and some editing to make it as enjoyable a story as it deserves to be.
Heather, a happily married mother of a daughter, had a miscarriage without ever having realized she was pregnant- and then discovers she has a half-brother she’s never met. Her best friend Jay’s brother Simon was unexpectedly killed in a paragliding accident in Venezuela after having discovered that he might have fathered a son. Jay, wanting to find the place where his brother died, and meet his perhaps-nephew, but not wanting to do it alone, asks Heather to come with him – and she, needing a change of pace, accepts. But can they survive in a war-torn country, and find healing for their respective upheavals to boot?
EL POMBERO! is a sweet, family-oriented story with a warm and likeable heroine. The author has a gift for description and scene-setting, making the reader feel present in the scene with only a few carefully-chosen words or phrases. The different threads of the story tie themselves together in a subtle but rather elegant fashion, bringing a quiet feeling of resolution along with a bright spark of new beginnings. This is a quick read, and though it takes a bit to get started, it moves along energetically once it gets going.
In fact, while there’s the foundation of a really interesting story here, it could use a substantial amount of fleshing out and building upon in order to reach its full potential – as it is, even the most exciting bits are over rather too quickly to hold the reader’s interest for long. The wide spacing and occasional use of quotation marks for emphasis give the book a bit of an amateurish feel, which could be fixed with just a bit of editing. Also, it’s rather odd that the author has Venezuelan locals come out and tell the tourists stories about Maori spirits instead of Venezuelan ones (p. 180)- a small error, but a noticeable and distracting one.
EL POMBERO! is an adventure tale and a heartwarming tale of healing and family reconciliation, all in one – but it could use some expanding and some editing to make it as enjoyable a story as it deserves to be.
~Catherine Langrehr for IndieReader