Monroe Colson, a successful children’s book illustrator living in small-town Texas, baffles family and friends when he unceremoniously announces he’s moving to Mexico, ostensibly to paint.
In Mexico, the true nature of his mysterious behavior not only comes to light, but takes an unexpected turn when he runs into a vibrant young American woman who has been abandoned, penniless, by her fiancé.
This emotionally powerful and often humorous story with its controversial subject matter is a poignant testament to love and the resilience of the human heart.
When Monroe Colson suddenly leaves his intimate Texas hometown and decamps for Mexico, he announces it’s so he can find uninterrupted time and inspiration for his art. But Monroe has a secret he isn’t telling anyone–not his close friends, not his estranged wife and son, and certainly not the beautiful young woman he rescues from her abusive boyfriend on the patio of a Mexican taqueria. He came to Mexico to avoid entanglements, not seek them out. But the woman–Angelina–creeps past his defenses with her open, ingenuous embracing of life, and Monroe must reassess the secret he guards–and the resolution he’s made because of it–and decide whether to open himself up to love despite the vulnerabilities it creates.
Asher’s novel is a lyrically written portrait of the beauty and culture of Mexico, art, and most of all, the risks–and triumphs–of letting someone love you unconditionally. Asher’s prose is elegant and evocative, but his characters are so real, and he weaves such welcome humor amid the pathos, that his writing offers real emotional impact without a trace of Nicholas Sparks schmaltz. A lovely, engaging read that feels like a trip through Mexico through the eyes of someone who knows it well–and loves it–and a touching exploration of what it means to let someone love you–for better or for worse.