This book is about Mexican migrations and the attempts to get into the USA. The story takes Lydia and her son Luca across Mexico as they fight the near impossible task of migrating north toward the U.S.A. after their entire family has been murdered by the cartel. Together they face threats of rape, kidnapping, theft, and death--and that's really just the tip of the iceberg.
By reading, you learn the craft and intrinsically internalize techniques, skills, and approaches that resonate with you and your own writing. It's like studying a painting--the strokes and artistry speak to you and you learn from them.
With no effort whatsoever-- my imagination took off. I could see everything she read. The wonderful peach tree, the hill, ladybug, the caterpillar...it was all right there in front of me. It was more than magical. It was a gift she provided without even realizing.