Maria’s Tango

Author: Anna Barcos
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
Genre: Women’s Fiction
ISBN: 142510828-8
Pages: 325
Price: $21.97

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Maria has always wanted to be a famous tango dancer, so when Uncle Ruben offers to bring her to Hollywood, she jumps at the chance. She’s just turned 15, but she knows what she wants, and she’s willing to do whatever it takes.

What Maria doesn’t know is that Ruben has other plans for Maria – plans that include dancing in his brothel and turning tricks on the side. And when Maria meets the dashing Dario, her life is turned completely upside down.

Life seldom goes as we plan, and Maria learns this the hard way. Turning to alcohol, sex and drugs, she numbs her feelings and copes as best she can.

It’s hard not to feel for a girl who wants to follow her dreams, but at times Maria comes across as a selfish woman who always puts her own needs ahead of everyone else. Her careless actions hurt those she loves, and puts them very much at risk.

The first half of Maria’s Tango is well-written, but the second half seems jumpy and disjointed, much like Maria’s life has become. Though this story couldn’t have ended any differently, the last chapters felt somewhat out of place. Overall, it’s an interesting and disturbing read, but I felt it could have used a little more polishing before being published.

Reviewer: Alice Berger