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Conquistadora - Esmeralda Santiago
Conquistadora
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An epic novel of love, discovery, and adventure by the author of the best-selling memoir When I Was Puerto Rican.As a young girl growing up in Spain, Ana Larragoity Cubillas is powerfully drawn to Puerto Rico by the diaries of an ancestor who traveled there with Ponce de León. And in handsome... show more
An epic novel of love, discovery, and adventure by the author of the best-selling memoir When I Was Puerto Rican.As a young girl growing up in Spain, Ana Larragoity Cubillas is powerfully drawn to Puerto Rico by the diaries of an ancestor who traveled there with Ponce de León. And in handsome twin brothers Ramón and Inocente—both in love with Ana—she finds a way to get there. She marries Ramón, and in 1844, just eighteen, she travels across the ocean to a remote sugar plantation the brothers have inherited on the island. Ana faces unrelenting heat, disease and isolation, and the dangers of the untamed countryside even as she relishes the challenge of running Hacienda los Gemelos. But when the Civil War breaks out in the United States, Ana finds her livelihood, and perhaps even her life, threatened by the very people on whose backs her wealth has been built: the hacienda’s slaves, whose richly drawn stories unfold alongside her own. And when at last Ana falls for a man who may be her destiny—a once-forbidden love—she will sacrifice nearly everything to keep hold of the land that has become her true home.This is a sensual, riveting tale, set in a place where human passions and cruelties collide: thrilling history that has never before been brought so vividly and unforgettably to life.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780307268327 (0307268322)
Publisher: Knopf
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
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snoylna
snoylna rated it
You know those books that, from the first paragraph, you're not sure if you'll finish? This is definitely one of those. I almost stopped multiple times, and truly might have if I was reading instead of listening to the audiobook. Ultimately, I'm glad I stuck it out. I honestly had no clue how I was ...
Bitsy Bling Books
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4.0 Conquistadora
Conquistadora is an arduous three-part journey that follows several generations through the hardships of running a sugar plantation in Puerto Rico. The story belongs to the main female character, Ana Cubillas, but does not neglect providing different aspects of life during this niche in history. Ana...
Merle
Merle rated it
So far this book has not been well-received, and while it isn’t terrible, I have to agree with the other reviewers that it also isn’t very good.Despite the title, Conquistadora is mostly about Ana, a young Spanish woman who, enthralled by the journals of a conquistador ancestor, moves to mid-19th ce...
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