Daughter of Fortune

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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 Popé is determined to drive the hated European overlords from the ...
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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 Popé 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 the 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?
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  • ISBN-13: 9781603818919
  • Publisher: Coffeetown Enterprises, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2012
  • Pages: 286
  • Sales rank: 724,868
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    Wow

    This was quite a story. It was a very intense, detailed, quite gruesome tale based on some history from New Mexico. It was completely different from her regular novels/love stories. I like novels based on history. I just did not realize that was what I was getting into when I started reading this book so it was a bit of a surprise. If you are looking for a light read, this is not it. But it was a pretty good book.

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  • Posted February 18, 2014

    Loved it. I love all her books, and this was no exception.  Know

    Loved it. I love all her books, and this was no exception.  Knowing how well Carla Kelly researches her books just made it more amazing.  It was intense with fairly graphic descriptions of unspeakable violence, but it was necessary to convey the horror our heroine faced - as well as her undying courage.  The hero is real - he has flaws and is true to his time period.  But in the end love conquers all. It's why I read romance.

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