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The Sandoval Sisters' Secret of Old Blood (Sandoval Legacy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"Woven among thestories of love and life is eroticism, mystery, witchcraft, folktales,superstition, political intrigue, corruption, and violence. Told with a fluidstyle that grabs you from the first page and leaves you hungry for more at theend." Dr. Michele Shaul, Co-Editor of the e-journal Label MeLatina/o
"This story of love, mysticism and betrayal tests the ultimateboundaries of sisterhood. I loved this brave, lushly written tale of life inold 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The historical references, the archival research, the countless diaries and anecdotal histories were a delight to this nerdy writer, but are no comparison to the New Mexican sunsets,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.
- ASIN : B009E96JB2
- Publisher : La Gente Press; 1st edition (September 19, 2012)
- Publication date : September 19, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 911 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 273 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,712,530 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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So begins a one of the most remarkable reading experiences I have had as I followed the lives of the Sandoval sisters, Oratoria, Alma and Pilar through the turbulent times of the 1840s in New Mexico. Sandra Ramos O'Briant has written an awesome story about a wealthy Santa Fe family, the influence of old family diaries kept by generations of Sandoval women, and the struggles of the three sisters as New Mexico transitions from a semi-independent part of Mexico to becoming a conquered Territory of the United States. Oratoria, Alma and Pilar are tough, gritty,memorable women, heroes in my book, much worthy of admiration. In fact, every character in this great story is memorable, and that is a sign of truly great writing.
AFTER JUST A FEW CHAPTERS, THE READER IS WELL AWARE THAT THE AUTHORESS HAS DONE SKILLFUL RESEARCH AND WEAVES HISTORICAL FACTS INTO A TALE OF LOVE, HEARTBREAK, HUMAN FRAILTIES, THE THROES OF WAR, PERSONAL STRENGTH, AND THE DILEMMAS AND ART OF BEING A WEALTHY, INTELLGENT WOMAN IN THE LATE 1800'S.
MS. O'BRIANT'S DEPICTION OF THE OLD TOWN OF SANTA FE WITH THE SMALL MINDS AND SPINSTERISH GOSSIP, NOT TO MENTION FEAR OF BLACK MAGIC OR JUST THE UNEXPLICABLE, IS WELL DEFINED. AND NEW ORLEANS TAKES ON A HISTORICAL DIMENSION THAT WE ARE REALLY NOT THAT FAMILIAR WITH. THE READER IS ACTUALLY IN SANTA FE DURING THE AMERICAN INVASION AND WE EXPERIENCE THE SHOCK OF THE MEXICANS ON ONE HAND LOSING THEIR LAND AND THE JUBILATION OF THE AMERICANS GAINING TERRITORY.
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.
It portrays women as "real" and strong.