HFVBT Presents: Mario Escobar's Remember Me And A Giveaway



Publication Date: September 15, 2020
Thomas Nelson
Paperback & eBook; 384 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction



Amid the shadows of war, one family faces an impossible choice that will change their lives forever.

Madrid, 1934. Though the Spanish Civil War has not yet begun, the streets of Madrid have become dangerous for thirteen-year-old Marco Alcalde and his younger sisters, Isabel and Ana. When Marco’s parents align themselves against General Franco and his fascist regime, they have no inkling that their ideals will endanger them and everyone they love—nor do they predict the violence that is to come.

When the Mexican government promises protection to the imperiled children of Spain, the Alcaldes do what they believe is best: send their children, unaccompanied, across the ocean to the city of Morelia—a place they’ve never seen or imagined. Marco promises to look after his sisters in Mexico until their family can be reunited in Spain, but what ensues is a harrowing journey and a series of heartbreaking events. As the growing children work to care for themselves and each other, they feel their sense of home, family, and identity slipping further and further away. And as their memories of Spain fade and the news from abroad grows more grim, they begin to wonder if they will ever see their parents again or the glittering streets of the home they once loved.

Based upon the true stories of the Children of Morelia, Mario Escobar’s Remember Me—now available for the first time in English—explores the agony of war and paints a poignant portrait of one family’s sacrificial love and endurance.

Bombs All Around.                                                Chapter1                                                                          The Search                                                              Madrid                                                                  November 14, 1934                    ,                                        For children, war feels like a game at first. They have no idea that behind the gunshots and uniforms, the marches and rallying songs, death clings like mud to shoes and leaves footprints of blood and flesh, forever marking the lives of whoever falls into its infernal clutch. The Spanish Civil War began long before soldiers took up arms on July17, 1936. At least it had begun for us, the children of poverty and misery.


My Thoughts
While the subject of war is never easily broached; even under the best circumstances.
Doing so when the experience is that of a child is exponentially more difficult.  If for no other reason than...
You as the reader are painfully aware that this child, and no child, for that matter.
Should be made so suffer such.
Such is the underlying message of Mario Escabor' s Remember Me.
Which chronicles Marco Alcalde's experience as a child of the Spanish Civil War.
Driven away from home family and country. With only his two.younger sisters, an indomitable spirit, and the hope of once again being reunited with his parents. To see him through uprisings, forced relocation to Mexico, hunger, abuse, bullying, and more.
This is a book that is so beautifully written however, that one can't help wanting to turn that next page. Even as the subject matter therein is sometimes enough to turn one's stomach.
Marco is the perfect touchstone for readers' emotional connection to the tableau of loss, love, depravity and hope that he and his family come to symbolize.
The only blemish on the perfection found here is that the pacing between events is such that one hardly has time to recover from one ordeal before being thrust headlong into another.
Which would not be an issue if not for the gravity of the subject matter.

About the Author

Mario Escobar Golderos has a degree in History, with an advanced studies diploma in Modern History. He has written numerous books and articles about the Inquisition, the Protestant Reformation, and religious sects. He is the executive director of an NGO and directs the magazine Nueva historia para el debate, in addition to being a contributing columnist in various publications. Passionate about history and its mysteries, Escobar has delved into the depths of church history, the different sectarian groups that have struggled therein, and the discovery and colonization of the Americas. He specializes in the lives of unorthodox Spaniards and Americans.

Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, September 15
Review at Nursebookie
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Wednesday, September 16
Review at Amy’s Booket List
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Friday, September 18
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Saturday, September 19
Feature at The Green Mockingbird

Monday, September 21
Feature at The Lit Bitch
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Wednesday, September 23
Review at Passages to the Past

Friday, September 25
Review at View from the Birdhouse

Saturday, September 26
Feature at Bookworlder

Sunday, September 27
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Monday, September 28
Review at Hallie Reads

Tuesday, September 29
Feature at What Is That Book About


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