Alice Andison lives a hard life, nearly singlehandedly
running a ranch in Washington. When a blizzard blows in and
brings with it an illegal immigrant close to death, new
worries—and joys—are added to her already difficult existence.
Not that Domingo Roque has had an easy life. Life for
illegal immigrants in America typically isn't. On top of
concerns about finding work and his legal status, he's got
secrets, secrets he's unwilling to share.
ALL ROADS LEAD ME BACK TO YOU is an illuminating look into
the immigration problem that has become one of the hottest
topics being debated across America. Kennedy Foster does a
good job of twisting this hot-button prism so that the issue
is examined from many sides -- the hard-working illegal
immigrant who seeks an honest living and the one who is
prepared to live off the U.S. government, Americans whose
direct contact with illegals has humanized their perspective
and others with less personal or less positive immigrant
interactions who are no less passionate about solving this
Against this political backdrop, Ms. Foster crafts a
poignant love story between two people who won't win any
beauty pageants but whose beauty lies in their bighearted
character. Alice employs Domingo at much risk to her own
livelihood, and Domingo begins to put down roots, the very
thing that increases his chance of being deported.
The story began to drag a bit for me about two-thirds of the
way in, but that may be because the romance between Alice
and Domingo took so long to evolve. However, once it does,
ALL ROADS LEAD ME BACK TO YOU yielded a satisfying conclusion.
When a saddled horse shows up riderless at Alice Andison's
ranch on a snowy night, she immediately knows someone is in
danger, since it is unlikely anyone would survive the bitter
Washington cold. Expecting the worst, Alice sets out to
search for the rider, and is greatly relieved when she comes
across a huddled figure in a snow bank. Little does she
know, she just rescued a man on the run.
Domingo Roque is a Mexican vaquero evading
immigration services--and harboring a deep secret. As
Domingo stays and works on Alice's ranch, they develop a
friendship that blossoms into a romance. But with the threat
of deportation, the challenge of cultural differences, and
the looming presence of a drug addict with a claim to the
ranch, will Alice and Domingo's love endure?