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Feature book: Blaze a Trail

5 April 2017

Blaze a Trail by Claire Boston

It is a clash of ideals and cultures that bring Zita and David together. The misunderstanding of how things are and the impact it can have on others.

Zita Flanagan is caught between the past and her future. She loves helping her mother in the family foundation at Casa Flanagan, which assists young girls who have been abused and have somehow made the trip to the US from central America. All the girls have applied to remain in the US due to their circumstances. A few have passed all the tests and others are still to try. Zita’s dream is to become an immigration lawyer who can assist in these cases. Zita has enjoyed helping her mother, but when she meets David, she realises that perhaps there are other things out there.

David Randall is almost in control of the family business as its CEO. David says he will look into the immigration issue for his father, as his father plays with the idea of running for political office. Bob, David’s father, has made some inappropriate comments about the immigration issue, but David believes that when he has the information, his father will understand and soften his stance. David accepts an invitation to follow the case of one of the girls at Casa Flanagan and he finds that he is attracted to Zita. They meet and go on dates. David literally finds himself holding a baby on a date with Zita, but finds that he is the only one the baby will settle for.

When Bob decides to run for office, he uses the information David collected for his own purposes and endangers a mother and daughter in central America. Zita rushes off to El Salvador to bring them to safety in the US, as they already have their application approved and it was a matter of escaping the tight gang presence. David tries to apologise to Zita, but she has already left. He follows her and with the situation very tense, they finally rescue the mother and daughter to bring them to the US.

Zita also has a few other secrets which she slowly reveals to her family. As with many families, the Flanagans are delighted with the outcome of those secrets. I don’t want to tell too much but it is very special.

The topic of immigration is very timely and this provides the reader with some of the circumstances of girls in central America and how they need the help of people like Zita and her mother Carmen.

Ms Boston has produced another interesting story in the Flanagan sisters’ trilogy. Her female characters are very different in character but are also dynamos in their chosen area. The men they have chosen as their partners understand why they do what they do and their passion for helping others, and in many cases are opposite to them in career and nature.

Reviewed by Heather

A review copy of this book was provided by the author.

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