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About the Author
Since that time, she has focused on writing, reporting for a bilingual, regional Costa Rican newspaperand publishing her first work of fiction, Fertile Soil: Stories of the California Dream, in 2016. In This Land of Plenty, her debut novel was published in July, 2020. She divides her time between California's Central Coast and the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, where she is at work chronicling the stories of subsequent generations in the Brennan/Castro family tree of In This Land of Plenty and developing a children's book series featuring tropical and jungle animals.
- File size : 7286 KB
- Publication date : July 8, 2020
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 456 pages
- ASIN : B08CPM24KR
- Publisher : mks publishing; 1st edition (July 8, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 099785572X
- Best Sellers Rank: #457,422 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I was especially taken by the women in this saga. Women are so often lost to history and tales of conquering new lands rarely include vivid female characters, let alone women who shape the destiny of their families and the land. In this book, I'd say women are the stars. Men do what they do: they are expert horsemen, they are brave combatants, they impose their beliefs on others, even if it requires violence and death to do so. The women, whose characters and stories vary considerably here, seem to drive the novel -- they give birth in the most trying situations and they do it over and over and over again. They run both household and ranch in the absence of their soldier husbands, they trade goods with clear goals and wise negotiating skills, they bring their children to adulthood and self-sufficiency with a firm hand and wise guidance. One rides and ropes like a cowboy, another makes a home that is the favorite stopping off place for travelers from far and wide, a third honors and maintains her native culture even as she is kept as servant and mistress to a man who is quick to abandon her for the Spanish bride more "suited" to his station. Wonderful women here in the midst of a tale of political conquest and adventure.
I understand that this is the first of what is to be a series and I am eager for the second. This book brings us from the arrival of the Jesuit, Junipero Serra, who established California's many missions to convert the Natives, to the discovery of gold in the Northern hills. It is a solid base on which to build the continuing story of California's growth. The state's current issues and challenges are an echo of this past; Mary Smathers has found that source and laid it out for us with skill and care.
I very much enjoyed Mary Smathers' first book based in her love of her state: Fertile Soil: Stories of the California Dream. Again, great character development though in short story form. It is so easy to like the characters Mary lets us know through her writing. Read both books, you'll be glad you did.