Gathering the Indigo Maidens

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Modern-day human traffickers and art thieves extort a wealthy Laguna Beach, California, art collector, Paloma Zubiondo, by offering to release a young Ecuadorian sex slave in exchange for one of Paloma's treasured seventeenth-century Spanish Colonial paintings, purportedly a stolen painting of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. An epic tale of interwoven narratives that connects art theft and sex trafficking to the palpable triumphs and pathos of three historical indigo maidens: artist, Isabel Santiago...
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Overview

Modern-day human traffickers and art thieves extort a wealthy Laguna Beach, California, art collector, Paloma Zubiondo, by offering to release a young Ecuadorian sex slave in exchange for one of Paloma's treasured seventeenth-century Spanish Colonial paintings, purportedly a stolen painting of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. An epic tale of interwoven narratives that connects art theft and sex trafficking to the palpable triumphs and pathos of three historical indigo maidens: artist, Isabel Santiago from 1699 Ecuador; printing heiress, Maria de Rivera Calderon y Benavides from 1754 Mexico City; and social activist sentenced to San Quentin prison, Modesta Avila from 1889 San Juan Capistrano.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780983745815
  • Publisher: Libros Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 9/27/2011
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Cecilia Velástegui was born in Quito, Ecuador, where she spent her childhood. She was raised in California and France, and has traveled extensively in over fifty countries. She received her graduate degree from the University of Southern California, and speaks four languages. She serves on the board of directors of several cultural and educational institutions. She lives with her family in Monarch Beach, California.
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  • Posted October 3, 2011

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    Guaranteed to hold you captive

    Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (8/11)

    When rare art and book collector Paloma Zubiondo receives a disturbing phone call from a young woman speaking in her native Ecuadorian language, begging to be rescued, her peaceful existence is shattered. Along with receiving pleas to be saved, Paloma is also accused of being in the possession of a rare stolen painting. She is told that she can help this girl by giving the artwork back to its rightful owner. Knowing that she carefully selects what she purchases for her collection, Paloma believes that she is being set up. In spite of this, she wants to keep the authorities out of it because she doesn't want any suspicion or doubt cast upon her reputation.

    Until this phone call, Paloma has prided herself on living comfortably among her prized possessions. Unlike most people who just see dollar signs on valuable works of art, Paloma looks at their intrinsic worth. When she gazes upon her paintings, she is able to experience the feelings that the artists try to convey through their art. To have someone accuse her of illegally obtaining items that she holds as sacred in her heart is a terrible travesty.

    While living in her peaceful world, Paloma has remained aloof from the evils of our society. When this desperate caller tells her that she is being violated, Paloma is introduced to the vile world of the sex trade. She desperately doesn't want to be involved with this case, however, she cannot allow herself not to do anything, especially when this young woman reminds her of a treasured family employee from her childhood.

    As Paloma seeks information to vindicate herself from the accusations, she also learns more about how young women are being taken from their poor homes with false promises of employment and turned into prostitutes. She discovers that it is a huge problem that has taken place all over the world throughout history. Knowing that her own life is in danger, Paloma cannot sit back and do nothing. She has to turn to friends that she can trust for help.

    "Gathering the Indigo Maidens" tells an incredible story that incorporates both the beauty and history of Spanish art into a modern story about the evils that come with greed in our society. The author does an excellent job of taking us to different times in history where we can see that things weren't much different even going back as far as 1699. Lack of respect and abuse towards women existed then and still exists today. By sharing this story, my eyes were opened.

    While paintings which depict women don't suffer physically, they do experience some of the same disrespect that the young women do. Neither the paintings nor the women are seen as anything more than their monetary worth. There is no humanity or appreciation for the beauty of both. The exception to this is in Paloma's eyes.

    "Gathering of the Indigo Maidens" is an exceptionally written story that is guaranteed to hold you captive and stir at your heart strings while you read it. I highly recommend it, especially for readers who enjoy a mix of history, art and mystery.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2011

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    When the Life of an Art Collector Turns Dramatic...

    The life of Paloma Zubiondo, wealthy widow and art collector, is well-ordered and full of discipline. Her beach-front home in Laguna Beach, California serves as a fortress. Everything is in its right place. Paloma has spent years building her collection of rare books and fine art from the Spanish Colonial period. Nothing can disturb her world, or so she thought...
    ...When the telephone rings one day, the end result of the call is total confusion for Paloma. Is her beloved nanny from childhood really being held captive as a sex-slave? Are the preposterous claims of the mysterious caller actually true? Is one of her pieces of art, the Immaculate Conception by 17th century Quito artist Isabel Santiago really stolen? And is the caller the true heir to the painting? Her pursuit of clarification on these matters leads only to greater confusion and sets her on an adventurous course that takes her far from the ordered world she knows and into the seedy underground of thieves, miscreants, and sex-slave traffickers. With the help of her childhood friend Jen, Paloma begins to unearth a harsh reality buried deep within the past but strongly tied to the problems of the present. Who said fine art was boring? Follow Paloma through the trial of Gathering the Indigo Maidens, the new novel from Cecilia Velastegui. This author skillfully blends historically accurate tidbits (many of the historical characters described in the novel were real) with a great understanding of world cultures and symbolism inherent within artistic work. Velastegui's life-experience proves an excellent foundation upon which to build an intelligent and suspenseful story: she has traveled extensively in 50 countries and knows four different languages. She also has served on the board of directors for several cultural and educational institutions. This contribution to the world of books should not be missed. Gathering the Indigo Maidens is perfect for anyone who enjoys exciting and intelligent suspense charged with mystery and informed by a high degree of historical accuracy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    Vividpaw


    Heading to camp reeaallly soon! Bye!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    Mistystar

    Is the Gathering over?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    Flameclaw

    Opens his ears to the others think* whats a spongebob?* turns tword tye leaders*

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    Posted July 1, 2012

    Maplestar

    So are we. Woodclan is leaving. Thank you for coming.

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    Posted July 1, 2012

    Heronfeather

    *Pads in her belly slightly rounded*

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    Posted July 1, 2012

    Amber

    Bye

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2011

    An incredible story that incorporates both the beauty and history of Spanish art into a modern story about the evils that come with greed in our society. I high recommend it, espcially for readers who enjoy a mix of history, art and mystery.

    When rare art and book collector Paloma Zubiondo receives a disturbing phone call from a young woman speaking in her native Ecuadorian language, begging to be rescued, her peaceful existence is shattered. Along with receiving pleas to be saved, Paloma is also accused of being in the possession of a rare stolen painting. She is told that she can help this girl by giving the artwork back to its rightful owner. Knowing that she carefully slects what she purchases for her collection, Paloma believes that she is being set up. In spite of this, she wants to keep the authorities out of it because she doesn't want any suspicion or doubt cast upon her reputation.

    While living in her peaceful world, Paloma has remained aloof from the evils of our society. When this desperate caller tells her that she is being violated, Paloma is introduced to the vile world of the sex trade. She desperately doesn't want to be involved with this case, however, she cannot allow herself not to do anything, especially when this young woman reminds her of a treasured family employee from her childhood.

    As Paloma seeks information to vindicate herself from the accusations, she also learn more about how young women are being taken from their poor homes with false promises of employment and turned into prostitutes. She discovers that it is a huge problem that has taken place all over the world throughout history. Knowing that her life is in danger, Paloma cannot sit back and do nothing. She has to turn to friends she can trust for help.

    "Gathering the Indigo Maidens" is an exceptionally written story that is guaranteed to hold you captive and stir at your heart strings while you read it.

    Oaige Lovitt

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