Saving The World by Julia Alvarez

Saving The World

In Saving the World, we have two parallel stories, each taking place centuries apart.  In the first, novelist Alma Huebner struggles to replicate the success of her first novel.  During the course of research, she comes across a true story in which the heroine will become a model for her own journey.  In this second story, Isabel Sendales y Gomez, sets sail from Spain with 22 orphan boys, on a dangerous and daring expedition to vaccinate the settlers in the New World against smallpox.

In short, I enjoyed the second, actual historical story, more than the first.  The attempts to entwine the two stories seemed a bit forced to me and I struggled to maintain interest at times.  Maybe it’s just the historical fiction lover in me, but I would have liked this book a lot better if Alvarez had focused on the Royal Expedition and fleshed out the characters and story a bit more.

3 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2006
376 pages

3 stars (out of 5)

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I'm a stay-at-home mom with three kids who loves to read.
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