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The Duel for Consuelo Paperback – July 2, 2017
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"Long, who grew up in Mexico, paints a vivid picture of private passions and public strictures during the waning years of the Inquisition."-Contra Costa Times (Bay Area News Group)
About the Author
Claudia Long writes about early 1700's Mexico and modern day and roaring 20's California. Claudia practices law as a mediator for employment disputes and business collapses, has two formerly rambunctious-now grown kids, and owns four dogs and a cat. Her first mainstream novel was Josefina's Sin, published by Simon & Schuster in 2011. Her second one, The Harlot's Pen, was published with Devine Destinies in February 2014. Claudia grew up in Mexico City and New York, and she now lives in California. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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At the wedding of a family friend, herbalist and budding healer Consuelo finds herself the focus of two dashing and well-heeled men. Juan Carlos, the exquisitely fair-haired younger brother of the groom has captivated her since their shared childhood. The independent Leandro is dashing, brazen, eloquent, and mysterious. He’s impossible to ignore. As the story advances, Consuelo’s perceptions of each man’s motives and behaviors shift as her own darkest secret is dragged slowly into the light.
In the push to eradicate Judaism from the colonies in Mexico, any hint of Jewish observance has become grounds for blackmail, abduction, torture, and even death at the hands of a desperate Christian authority during the Inquisition. Consuelo’s mother was raised in dual traditions, primarily Christian for appearance’s sake, until Consuelo’s birth. The first child born after several miscarriages and stillbirths, Consuelo’s grandmother had prayed—Judaized—over her mother’s womb until Consuelo was brought healthy into the world, reigniting her mother’s devotion to her ancestral faith. A dutiful daughter, Consuelo herself has occasionally lit the Sabbath candles and said blessings for her mother or grandmother when they’ve had need of them, and even for a Christian, such Judaizing would incur the harshest punishment if discovered or even suspected.
The men’s war for her favor grows more perilous as Consuelo’s family situation grows more dire. The Duel for Consuelo is gripping and passionate, employing rich descriptions and clever phrasing to paint the backdrop for this well-researched story about a desperate family caught in an angry time, yet the author’s prose maintains a deft touch. This is the first book I’ve read by Claudia H. Long. I look forward to checking out the others.
Consuelo's father, mayor of Tulancingo has overextended himself financially. Her mother has dementia, and Consuelo is her caregiver. Her father takes the family to a wedding at the estate of a wealthy family, the Castillos, in hopes of attaining a loan. Consuelo is largely interested in attaining the attentions of young and handsome Juan Carlos Castillo. Indeed they share a night of passion. Her father receives the loan in exchange for Consuelo studying apothecary at the Castle of the Carques of Condera with the nuns. While at the Castle she is drawn to one Leandro de Almidon.
Juan Carlos comes to the castle, and the two men vie for Consuelo. A duel occurs, thus the title, A Duel for Consuelo.
The tension, suspense, and arc of the story will hook you and have you feverishly turning the pages toward its powerful ending.
It opened my eyes to how horrible a time in the history of the Catholic church this was. MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON ALL THOSE WHO SHARE THE GUILT.