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The Winds of Sonoma (Regalo Grande Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 406 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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"Fabulous inspirational tale." -- The Best Reviews, 8-31-2005

"Four Stars . . . Arana stirs the heart on behalf of those who struggle to make a better life." -- Romantic Times, September, 2005

"This was an amazing read." -- Inspirational Romance Reviews, August 8, 2005

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This decision could change her life forever. But how can Angelica choose between her career and her heart? As the rising star of a prominent law firm and the only daughter of a wealthy horse-ranching family, Angelica Amante has everything money could buy. Things can only get better for her. Or so she thought. When she's offered a promotion, Angelica is suddenly confronted with a life-changing decision. Should she continue to work for a company that profits by taking advantage of the poor, or take a stand against injustice and put her career in jeopardy? Then Angelica meets Antonio, a handsome and determined worker on her father's ranch. As she gets to know him, Angelica discovers that Antonio has left his poverty-stricken home in Guadalajara, Mexico, and illegally crossed the U.S. border to find work. Immediately Angelica's compassion is reawakened. Soon coinciding circumstances and conflicting lifestyles cause their worlds to collide, and Angelica and Antonio find themselves at a crossroad of faith, love, and selfless commitment that will forever alter both their lives.

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  • File Size: 745 KB
  • Print Length: 406 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1448640202
  • Publication Date: April 26, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007XZOU4M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #671,648 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Nikki Arana is an award-winning author of women's fiction, essays, poetry, and magazine articles whose work has been published in the United States and Canada. She has won several national awards, including the American Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Women's Fiction - twice, and the Beacon Award. Her book, The Winds of Sonoma was named One of the Top 20 Books of the Year by Christianbook.com. Nikki is also the recipient of the Excellence in Media Silver Angel Award. All of her books deal with social, political, and spiritual issues that confront society today. She is an experienced speaker and has presented numerous, highly successful workshops on the craft of writing. Nikki also serves persecuted Christians who are under the threat of death through her ministry, A Voice for the Persecuted. Visit her webpage at www.nikkiarana.com.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
I truly couldn't put the book down. Nikki Arana used her love for God to create a magical love story. I used to read romance novels but I got sick of all the lust, sex and smut. The Winds of Sonoma is a romance novel that reveals the love of God, faith and believing and a true love that exists between man and woman.

Thank you Nikki Arana!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 12, 2006
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I'll be honest; I've never read a romance novel in my entire life. But I heard some good things about a new novel,The Winds of Sonoma, by author Nikki Arana, and thought I'd check it out. And I have to say, I wasn't disappointed in the least. The detailed characterizations and the smooth writing style were quite impressive for a first novel. Angelica Amante, a privileged young lawyer on the rise, finds her match in Antonio Perez, a dirt-poor Mexican immigrant working at her parent's ranch. It's a class-act story about class differences, and how true love can overcome any barrier - even prejudice. A spark of romance runs through a satisfying and very substantial story. Nikki Arana makes the unconventional possible, and the impossible, attainable. I truly look forward to reading the next novel by this talented new author.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Miller on July 12, 2007
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The Winds of Sonoma is an encouraging story of God's faithfulness and love. This is an inspired story by the author, Nikki Arana's life. This book has challenged me to stop judging people based on the clothes they wear or how much worldly goods they have or don't have. I want to allow the Lord to show me the beauty He sees inside people. Winds of Sonoma is the 1st book in the Regalo Grande series and I look forward to reading the other books. ~Shelly of Chadron MOPS
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AK on October 10, 2005
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Faced with doing something that goes against her Christian beliefs, Angelica Amante gives up her position in a prestigious law firm and returns home to Sonoma. There, she finds herself working to help the very people her boss wanted her to hurt. She also reunites with a past love. Now that she is home, does she have a future with Brad, a man who can save her family from financial disaster and make her dreams come true, or does she dare love Antonio, a handsome illegal immigrant who makes her heart sing? Each day, she is faced with choices and the challenge to defy prejuidice and live out her Christian faith, no matter how costly.

*** Angelica truly lives up to her nickname of Angel- a messenger of God. She is consistent in practicing her faith without ever coming off as a "goody goody" type. Though at times her romance seems improbable, this is a heart touching read that will be relevant to many people in the Southwest in particular. ***

Reviewed by Amanda Killgore,Freelance Reviewer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Graham on November 25, 2005
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Angelica Amante has it all--beauty, a great job, loving parents, and a healthy trust fund. Not to mention the fatherly support of an old family employee; Poppy. So when Angelica leaves her job with a prestigious law firm to return to her family's ranch, it's no wonder things turn upside down. Now questioning her own beliefs about the plight of immigrants and the poor, she must look deep into her heart and trust God more than ever before. When Angelica meets Antonio (a Mexican worker on her father's ranch)her feelings for him only complicate matters. How can two people from such different worlds ever come together?

I loved the novel. Arana's treatment of immigration issues is certainly no dry "evening news" approach to discussing the subject. Antonio and Angelica come alive on the page. I found myself reading quickly, turning pages as fast as I could to find out what happened next. A satisfying romance that WILL make you cry, "The Winds of Sonoma" is a definite winner.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deborah VINE VOICE on January 1, 2007
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Angelica is a up and coming attorney working for a big firm in New York City. When she is fired and cannot find a new job due to her refusal to compromise her beliefs she heads home to California. While at home she faces the situation of illegal Mexican immigrants in the area. Her family ranch has hired a new immigrant worker, Antonio. Angelica decides to take him under her wing and try to help him out in every way she can. She also wants to try to get a job as a public defender because she wants give help to those who really are in need of it. As Angelica works with Antonio, she discovers that there may be more than just a charitable feeling shared between the two of them. The two have an uphill climb as they try to figure out their relationship.

I liked this book. It was easy to read and one could relate to the timeliness of the story. Illegal immigration is a hot topic in our country. Many politicians are debating constantly about how the nation should treat the situation. There are lots of people who are prejudiced against Mexican immigrants such as the foreman of the ranch or the people in the church who thought they were "helping" but really weren't. Angelica is a compassionate character who wants to help out Antonio. She also makes the difficult choice of choosing a harder life instead of one that would be easily handed to her. I admire people who can do that. I could also relate to Angelica's issue with not wanting to tell her parents what really happened to her in New York. It's hard to have to tell your parents that you've let them down after they think you've done so well. My parents were immigrants so the story is familiar about being alone and uncertain in a new country. They too were grateful for the people who took the time out to help them get settled in their new life. I'm looking forward to picking up the next two books in the series.
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