- File Size: 679 KB
- Print Length: 283 pages
- Publisher: Camel Press (February 14, 2017)
- Publication Date: February 14, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MU7OLSO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,983 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Star in the Meadow (The Spanish Brand Book 4) Kindle Edition
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Marco serves as a juez de camp – literal meaning is “field judge.” In fact he is a brand inspector, but part of his job includes settling petty disputes in the area in which he lives on behalf of the Spanish Crown. Marco’s family are long time Spanish settlers who were willing to accept a grant of land on the edge of the Comancheria where he now lives on his rancheria, The Double Cross, with his family and faithful servants.
Although this book can be read as a standalone book, I wouldn’t recommend it. Each book in the series builds upon the previous one, so a reader would miss out on a lot of past information if the other books in the series were skipped. In this new book we have lots of action, including a new baby son born to Marco and Paloma bringing their total children to three, including Soledad, a natural cousin to Paloma, adopted by the Mondragons after her parents died. The sweetness of the children and the parts of the story that intertwine their lives into the overall storyline is very well done.
The Seven Year Audit is also taking place - performed by a Señor Ygnacio. He has problems of his own, having suffered hardships at the hands of the Spanish government, including being falsely accused of thievery, resulting in time spent in prison. His daughter, Catalina, who has suffered right along with her father has deep and painful issues of her own. She attends him on the trip to the Mondragons which will ultimately set her squarely in the path of Lieutenant Joaquim Gasca, past rake and now reformed officer stationed at the Presidio, a character who was featured in a previous book.
After giving birth to her son, Paloma suffers from what we would term a type of post-partum depression resulting in Marco's decision to send her on a short vacation to his sister's home for two weeks. Catalina will go along as a companion until Paloma gets settled in and then Catalina will return to the Double Cross. That simply doesn’t happen because the ladies are kidnapped by crazy dudes. I won’t go into the details.
Meantime, back at the ranch, Marco is being pressured by Comanche friend, Toshua, to attend the big pow wow being held by the Comanches, which will hopefully result in bringing peace to the unsettled region. It would be a vast understatement to say Marco has some very difficult decisions to make during this period. Marco is a lovely man, but a plodder of sorts. One could never describe him as a dashing type of hero, but he always comes through because he is loving, kind and responsible - a true family man.
So, we have a reunion with the Mondragons, their extended family and servants, plus new lives and a new love, lots of action and turmoil, but at the end of the day, the Mondragon values will pull them through.
Carla Kelly has written a fantastic story full of adventures and romance. This story touches on the romance of Joaquim and Catalina while also exploring more into the life of Marco and Paloma and their children. Catalina’s father, Fernando Ygnacio, was setup for a crime that he did not commit which left them both broken. The Mondragóns family and Joaquim Gasca are the saviors that the Yganicos need in their life.
The Star in the Meadow was a well-written story that was easy to read and follow in addition to a plot that was unique. This book has just the right amount of action, romance and adventures to grab your attention from the beginning to end. The characters are strong and well developed. You will feel all types of emotions while reading – hopefulness, amusement, and delight. This story told of a strength that women have when they need it most and that love can change anyone.
This was the first book that I have read by Carla Kelly; however it will not be my last. I was not disappointed at all. I definitely want to go back and read the first three books in the series. Even though I did not read the first three before this book, I did not miss anything. It is truly its own individual story. I recommend The Star in the Meadow to anyone that enjoys historical romance with a happy conclusion.