Item description for A Crooked Path (Eden Plain Series #2) by Annette Smith...
Having journeyed from Mexico to Texas to support his family, Manny is grateful for work at Eden Plain cattle ranch. He never expects to find a mentor in his cranky, prejudiced, and chronically ill boss, Owen---but against all odds, he does. When Manny and Owen's daughter fall in love, will racism or friendship prevail? 350 pages, softcover from NavPress.
Much to Owen's dismay, his daughter, Chaney, falls in love with Manny, a Mexican immigrant whom Owen had taken in as a boy. The couple's growing relationship reveals Owenâ€™s deeply hidden issues involving race and class, while a tragic accident threatens to shatter any hope of reconciliation.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2007
Publisher NAV PRESS #111
ISBN 1576839966 ISBN13 9781576839966
Availability 0 units.
More About Annette Smith
ANNETTE SMITH is a registered nurse as well as a writer and speaker. She has published a number of books, including Coming Home to Ruby Prairie Series, Eden Plain Series, The Whispers of Angels, Stories to Feed Your Soul, Watermelon Days & Firefly Nights, and Homemade Humble Pie & Other Slices of Life. Annette and her husband of over twenty years, Randy, have raised two children and have served as foster parents. They reside in Tyler, Texas.
Reviews - What do customers think about A Crooked Path (Eden Plain Series #2)?
The other side of the story Jan 1, 2008
Immigration is a hot button now. Everyone has an opinion. Annette Smith tells the other side of the story. Manny Ortega's father walked away from the family, and life has been rough. Manny made the hard, dangerous trip from Mexico to Texas, looking for work to support his mother and siblings. Now he's in his mid-thirties, working for Owen Green, who is cranky and bigoted. He thinks Manny is someone to order around, not his equal, and never will be. Now Owen is sick and Manny is running the ranch. Chaney, Owen's daughter, comes to visit and she and Manny fall in love. How can they tell Owen they plan to marry? Annette Smith lives in Texas and is familiar with the problems of immigration and racism. A Crooked Path is a thought provoking story of a man who is just struggling to do his best in a world where the odds are always stacked against him. Different and compelling.
Another great read from Annette Smith Dec 11, 2007
I thoroughly enjoyed A Crooked Path, the second novel I've read by Annette Smith. Her characters are flawed and real and compelling, and she does a fabulous job of writing from the male point of view. Owen Green was such a complex secondary character. I felt like I knew him--and felt the same frustration-yet-deep-love that Manny felt for his employer. This is a book you close with a sigh because the ending is perfect.
strong relevant look at immigration Oct 8, 2007
In Mexico, Manny Ortega grew up without a father as his dad abandoned the family. Desperate to care for his family, Manny came to Texas to find work in which he could send money home.
Finally obtaining legal status, Manny gets a job on the cattle ranch of Texan Owen Green. Owen thinks Mexicans are scum and treats Manny as such. However, Manny refuses to give up on his dreams of caring for his family so he puts up with Owen's crap. However, the relationship between the immigrant employee and his prejudicial gruff employer abruptly changes when Owen's daughter Chaney meets Manny; as they fall in love with one another.
The second Eden Plain romance (see A BIGGER LIFE) stars Manny, who is a sympathetic hard working Mexican immigrant who simply wants to provide a better life for his loved ones back home. However, the more interesting relationship is between the two men that changes from stereotypical scorn by the American to respect and more. Although the ending feels like a gimmick to foster behavioral modification, A CROOKED PATH is a strong relevant look at immigration although fence builders and sitters will be unhappy that Manny is not a killing terrorist, but simply a caring family man.