Daughter of Fortune
Maria Espinosa should not have survived the 1679 cholera epidemic in Mexico City that killed her parents, already reeling from the loss of their fortune, nor should she have survived an Apache raid on the caravan transporting her to a sister in remote Santa Fe, in the royal colony of New Mexico.... show more
Maria Espinosa should not have survived the 1679 cholera epidemic in Mexico City that killed her parents, already reeling from the loss of their fortune, nor should she have survived an Apache raid on the caravan transporting her to a sister in remote Santa Fe, in the royal colony of New Mexico. Rejected by her sister because she is penniless, Maria struggles to stay alive in a society unaware of impending disaster. A charismatic Tewa Indian named Pope is determined to drive the hated European overlords from the land. Maria's refuge is no refuge at all.When Mary is taken in by a Spanish ranching family living uneasily among the Pueblo Indians, her beauty and spirit inspire a rivalry between two brothers--one a Spaniard, the other half-Indian. Will she find security and purpose in this harsh land only to lose her heart?In the midst of personal turmoil, Maria discovers a rare talent in this colony of believers. She learns how to carve discarded branches and tree stumps into statues of saints. She also learns a larger lesson--that grace can transform an object of little value into a masterpiece.But trouble lies ahead. Maria can reveal the saint buried in a block of wood. What mysteries lie deep within her own heart?
Publish date: July 1st 2012
Publisher: Camel Press
Pages no: 284
Edition language: English
Die-hard Kelly fans may want to read this, her first published novel, but it's not like her later romance novels. The setting is interesting--we usually don't find historical fiction set in the 17th C. US Southwest--but it's more women's fiction or straight historical than it is a historical romance...
4/5; 4 stars; A-Carla Kelly always teaches me some history in her books. This book is pretty dark in a lot of ways and leaves no doubt in the reader's mind that life was very hard in the 1600s in the southwest. Kelly manages to tell the history with empathy towards all points of view; the settlers...