It's Just Lola –by Dixiane Hallaj
Fiction, Historical, based on a true story
This is a delightful story! I think I would be safe in stating it is, in reality, Creative Nonfiction, but it doesn't matter, it's just a great read.
The story is set, for the most part in Peru, in the early 1900s and filled with historical and societal facts that I found fascinating.
Lola, the baby of the family grew up in luxury – until, in her naiveté and ignorance, found herself in a family way by a hired hand. So did her next oldest sister, and by the same man, who had promised to seek their hand in marriage from their Papa.
This story tells how they not only coped with being disowned and sent away by their father, but actually grew and thrived because of it. Lola eventually married, and had another child, and her father "re-owned" her and her two children.
I don't want to give the story away, but know there is a lot of sadness in Lola's life and heart, and a great deal of happiness. This is the story of Lola, her coming of age, and not just her survival, but also the reaching for, grabbing, and holding on to her dreams. She is a strong and educated woman who doesn't take guff from anyone!
This is a powerful story of love – love of family, love of self, love for others, but it is not what I would call a romance. Lola does not need, nor seek, to be rescued.
Do I recommend this story? Oh, absotively posolutely! Although it is probably considered "women's lit" I think even men will enjoy it.
Now, Ms. Hallaj, please write the story of Enriequetta, Concha, and Katie.