Guillermina and the Rose by Don Cush
Robert Nielsen was to be on a business trip. When the meeting needed to be postponed, he decided to spend the day in Tijuana where he had visited once before. What he saw that day changed his life forever. The orphanage run by nuns, called the Casa, was such a place of horror. Children living in near squalor, very little clothes or food, and nothing but work, chores and schooling all day, or so Bob thought. One special little girl, Guillermina, a very sickly girl, brought life back to Bob Nielsen.
Who would have thought an orphanage run by nuns would be a front for child pornography and prostitution. Never in Bob’s wildest imagination could he have thought this. After bringing a friend of his to visit the Casa, his friend warned him there was more going on than meets the eye.
After learning some of the truth, Bob decided he wanted to legally adopt Guillermina, and found a way to do so, no matter what he needed to do.
What a thoroughly heart-wrenching story. Living in middle class American, we know there are those in the world who are in dire need of food, clothing, medicine, etc. But what Bob chose to do to is more than what most of us would do. The story has you pulled in from the very beginning. The characters are so unique, both good and evil. the writing puts you right there with them. A must read for all.