Through the Eyes of Maria: Choices

ABOUT Lissette Ortiz

Lissette Ortiz
Lissette Ortiz resides in New York City with her two children, Krystal & Matthew. She discovered her passion for writing at the age of thirteen when she began writing a collection of short stories. Through the Eyes of Maria: Choices is her first published novel.



Alone and rejected, Maria hits the streets of New York in search of the love denied by her alcoholic father and indifferent mother. When Sergio, a dark, worldly stranger, lures her with diamonds, brand-name clothing, and undivided attention, Maria sees a way out of her dysfunctional home. Seduced by Sergio’s charm and the promise of wealth and recognition, Maria ignores her panicked intuition and wanders into his lair.

But in a world where ambition and deception go hand in hand, where dreams are shattered and innocence crushed, Maria discovers she’s trapped in a hell much worse than the one she left. And now, there is no escape. The price for betrayal is blood.

Destiny intervenes when Maria meets Christian, a handsome law student haunted by a dark family secret. With her life at risk and time running out, will Maria find the strength to save herself and convince Christian to go against all reason and risk everything to help her?