In ‘Honor Among the Roses,’ the novel traces the journey of men and women striving to uphold their honor in a small village in Mexico. Emma, a descendant of Doña Marina and Cortés, is one of the many characters who grapple with the challenges of preserving their heritage and honor in the face of adversity. Set in the village of San Gabriel in central Mexico, the story revolves around the villagers’ determination to protect their community from various threats, including drug lords, corruption, and even a devastating forest fire.
At the heart of the village is the old Catholic Mission, renowned for its rose gardens and unwavering commitment to the welfare of the villagers. The mission plays a vital role in the village’s survival and growth, as it inspires the people to stand up for their values and fight for their future. Throughout the novel, the characters confront personal and collective challenges, from the struggle to preserve the honor of the Apache Indians, the original inhabitants of the village, to the battle against powerful drug cartels.
Despite the obstacles, the villagers remain resilient, as they work together to restore the natural beauty of San Gabriel and transform it into a thriving city. The village eventually earns the recognition of the president of Mexico and becomes a magnet for investment and returning migrants. As the community prospers, it retains its unique charm, with red brick roads, lush gardens, and the enchanting sounds of Mariachi bands filling the air.
The novel explores themes of honor, heritage, and community spirit, showing how a group of ordinary individuals can come together to overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges and create a better future for their village. The Singing Frogs Task Force, a diverse and dedicated team led by the honorable Judge, exemplifies the unwavering commitment to justice and the protection of their beloved village. Through their bravery, resilience, and unity, these men and women of honor ultimately triumph over adversity, ensuring that San Gabriel remains a beacon of hope and a testament to the indomitable human spirit.
I live in a retirement community at the age of 83 years old. I have had a learning disability all my life, in which I was never inspired to read or write.
I am not sure why I have taken such an interest in writing a book of my own. Writing a book of my own has always been the farthest from my mind.
I spent most of my school years staring out the classroom window. When I started high school, I was so far behind I quit school and went to work.
I never had any schooling in writing or editing. I have written and edited this book, text-to-speech and speech-to-text software, and the writing enhancement program Grammarly.