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The Sandoval Sisters' Secret of Old Blood (Sandoval Legacy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sandra Ramos O'Briant
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Winner of Best Historical Fiction and Best First Book, ILBA, 2013.

Merchants have always loved the Santa Fe trail. The Mexican-American War was fought to gain more land, but it was also about controlling trade, and that meant controlling Santa Fe:  it was the first foreign capital captured by the U.S. An unbelievable influx of men occurred, but nary a word has been written about how that affected the New Mexican women.  Until now.

The war is the backdrop for the Sandoval sisters' individual coming-of-age stories in which they cope with racism, sexism, political intrigue and the power of superstition in that time and place.

When Alma flees with her young lover to Texas to escape an arranged marriage with a much older man, she sets in motion a drama that will put the sisters and their legacy at risk. Pilar, a 14-year-old tomboy, is offered as a replacement bride, and what follows is a sensuous courtship and marriage clouded by the curses of her husband's former lover, Consuelo. She will stop at nothing, even the use of black magic, in her effort to destroy the Sandoval family. The Mexican-American war begins and the Americans invade Santa Fe. The sisters are caught in the crosshairs of war from two important fronts-New Mexico and Texas. Their money and ancient knowledge offer some protection, but their lives are changed forever.



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". . . a delightful historical romp set in New Mexico. . . O'Briant fits into literary space created by Rudolfo Anaya's timeless  Bless Me, Ultima." Michael Sedano, La Bloga

"Woven among the stories of love and life is eroticism, mystery, witchcraft, folktales, superstition, political intrigue, corruption, and violence. Told with a fluid style that grabs you from the first page and leaves you hungry for more at the end."  Dr. Michele Shaul, Co-Editor of the e-journal Label Me Latina/o

"This story of love, mysticism and betrayal tests the ultimate boundaries of sisterhood. I loved this brave, lushly written tale of life in old Santa Fe." Jill Smolinski, author ofObjects of My Affection and The Next Thing on My List

"A brilliantly told story of the Sandoval Sisters . . . The book is written with great skill and talent." The Latino Author (thelatinoauthor.com/top/)

"An outstanding family saga!" Great Historicals

"Best Historical Fiction and Best First Book winner, 2013." International Latino Book Awards.

From the Author


        The historical references, the archival research, the countless diaries and anecdotal histories were a delight to this nerdy writer, but are no comparison to the New Mexican sunsets, starry nights, and the secrets carried down the Sangre de Cristos on a brisk wind.

Product Details

  • File Size: 516 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615615104
  • Publisher: La Gente Press; 1 edition (September 19, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009E96JB2
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #936,011 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding family saga September 27, 2012
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The Secret of Old Blood is a novel about three sisters during the Mexican-American wars. The Sandoval family are wealthy land owners in the late 1800's. An old family tradition exists where the women keep extensive diaries of their lives. The diaries date back centuries and are all carefully kept and shared amongst them. In this way, family secrets, recipes, potions, and life stories are shared to future generations as a way to share knowledge and preserve information.

The novel draws the reader in quickly, and as the three women go forth to the their own destinies, their individual stories, heartbreak, triumph, and secrets are revealed. And of course, no novel that deals with old history is without its share of potions, witchcraft, and black magic. And that's what I found most entertaining about this novel - is how the old intersects into each woman's life.

This is a novel with a unique setting, intriguing characters, filled with both turbulent and challenging life issues. There was plenty that kept me interested and reading until the last page. Highly recommended, especially for those who love a good family saga!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sandoval SIsters' Secret of Old Blood October 23, 2012
By MollyB
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The Sandoval Sisters' Secret of Old Blood is an amazing story about the lives and loves (in detail) of these sisters, who lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, before, during and after the Mexican-American War. The book really holds your interest and you want to know everything about them. If you are interested in historic, romantic fiction, with some mystic powers thrown in then follow along with them through their journey. You will be glad you did. I can't wait for the sequel about the next generation of Sandoval's. The story continues. A movie would be great.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Staff Pick November 4, 2013
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A terrific story with characters that breathe, lives that are multi-dimensional. I donated my copy to my local library (the Julia L. Butterfield Library, in Cold Spring, NY (Hudson Valley), and it was quickly chosen as a "Staff Pick" and displayed prominently. Oddly enough, it sat next to Keith Richards' auto-bio, "Life", for a time. I'm sure that was coincidental! Can't wait for the sequel & eventually the film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This is a book about personal power and what women achieved because they were willing to "speak their truth". This is a book that every parent should give to their daughters, regardless of whether their daughter are 15 or 65. This is also a book that every parent should give to their sons.
It portrays women as "real" and strong.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story with some great history January 1, 2013
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This was one of the best books I've read this last year. It had everything from great characters, suspense, romance, and an intriguing plot. The book captured the lives of the Sandoval sisters in the mid 1800s and it included lots of good history about the United States and Mexico during that timeframe. The author did an amazing job of weaving all of this together to make a very exciting story. Her writing skills brought the characters to life with many moments of lightheartedness, laughter, and sadness. I couldn't put the book down. Immediately the first pages drew you into the story. I am looking forward to seeing more works by this author. Hopefully it will be very soon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fictional look at the Mexican-American War November 17, 2012
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What surprised me about this book, besides the feisty female characters and multi-generational saga, is that I realized I've never read a fictional account of the war that brought New Mexico into the United States and what it meant for the people who had lived in New Mexico before the Anglos arrived. The description of the arrival of the long line of stagecoaches after statehood was declared and the assumption of a superior culture was visually striking and thought provoking. Anyone who is curious about this under examined part of our history that is the Mexican-American War if 1844 to 1846 should pick this one up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating look at the past... September 29, 2012
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This is a well written and thoroughly-researched look back at part of our history that has not been well documented. Fascinating. And the thought of taking a much older lover has never been more erotic, enticing....

The story revolves around strong women, sisters, who survive the Mexican-American war in the mid-1800s. Along with the family dynamics and drama, blend in some witchcraft and mysticism, and this is one compelling story.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic October 8, 2012
By Rico
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Loved the discriptives used, felt like I was part of the story. Did not want the story to end. Ordered two more for friends.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars No easy feat! The Sandoval sisters continue a family tradition ...
The Sandoval Sisters' Secret of Old Blood is a well-written, page-turning historical novel about three sisters during the Mexican-American wars. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Eleanor Parker Sapia
5.0 out of 5 stars B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree
We are proud to announce that THE SANDOVAL SISTERS’ SECRET OF OLD BLOOD by Sandra Ramos O’Briant is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. Read more
Published 11 months ago by indieBRAG
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Santa Fe; New Viewpoint
I love this book! Ms. Obriant's language is fluid, never intruding on the voices I hear clearly and the scenes I see vividly. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Cast in an undeserved dark light
The wild, wild west and the struggle between the Mexican/Spanish/Texans was the backdrop for a rich family of 3 strong women who were too smart and knowledgeable in then along... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Bethany I. Schryburt
5.0 out of 5 stars A LatinoStories.Com 2014 Top Pick
Sandra Ramos O’Briant’s The Sandoval Sisters’ Secret of Old Blood is a page-turning work of historical fiction with drama that multiplies over and over, in a style that will make... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jose B. Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend this book because
I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this book, from the first page to the last. Sandra has a wonderful writing style through which she weaves the stories of three sisters in and... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Linda Sanner
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sandoval Sisters' Secret of Old Blood (Sandoval Legacy)
A great read that mixes historic relevancy with romance and tasteful erotica. I was transported in time and experience through Ms. Ramos' exquisite use of vivid language. Read more
Published 21 months ago by David Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Saga of Strong Women during 1800's New Mexico
The setting in the Sandoval Sisters is before and during the Mexican-American war of 1848, in Sante Fe, New Mexico. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mona AlvaradoFrazier
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining!
Full of drama and unexpected turns. Captivating till the end. I really enjoyed reading this book. A must read for women.
Published 23 months ago by AOsteguin
3.0 out of 5 stars A rollicking tale
This is a fun read of sexual adventure and misadventure. It's entertaining but is not what I would call literature.
Published 23 months ago by Sumana
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The Sandoval Sisters' Secret of Old Blood earned the Best Historical Fiction award and the Best First Book award at the 15th annual ILBA, 2013.

The Sandoval Sisters' Secret of Old Blood tells the story of the conquest of New Mexico during the Mexican American War from a female perspective. The war is the backdrop for the sisters' individual love and coming-of-age stories in which they cope with racism, sexism, political intrigue and the power of superstition in that time and place.

The story also has a fair bit of romantic eroticism which the centuries-old Sandoval diaries dealt with candidly. My research didn't yield much information on rebellious Latinas of yore. They obeyed their fathers, brothers, husbands, and priests, so I wrote the Sandoval sisters-not exactly as firebrands-but as women who make a change toward owning their power, each in their own way, and all while living on a rough frontier at the juncture of three cultures.

A complete list and links for Sandra's work can be found here:
www.thesandovalsisters.com







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