Paradise & Moreby Shirl Henke
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MAGDALENA, as determined as she is beautiful, shuns a royal court to set out across the Ocean Sea to the end of the known world in search of the man she has loved since childhood—the golden Aaron Torres, heir of a great Andalusian house. He is her lawfully betrothed and she has his father’s signet ring to prove it. When she finds him, will he or nil he, she will claim him as her own.
AARON, as Cristobal Colon’s Fleet Marshal, has faced down mutinous sailors and survived a religious persecution that ravaged his family. Now, in the Indies, as Governor Colon’s personal envoy to the proud Taino Indians, he faces even greater struggles. He fights against “civilized” gentlemen who would enslave a peaceful people and destroy their exotic culture.
But Aaron Torres is about to endure another siege, one in which his deadly sword will hold no sway. Magdalena Valdez is come to PARADISE!
Meet the Author
SHIRL HENKE lives in St. Louis, where she enjoys gardening in her yard and greenhouse, cooking holiday dinners for her family and listening to jazz. In addition to helping brainstorm and research her books, her husband Jim is “lion tamer” for their two wild young tomcats, Pewter and Sooty, geniuses at pillage and destruction.
Shirl has been a RITA finalist twice, and has won three Career Achievement Awards, an Industry Award and three Reviewer’s Choice Awards from Romantic Times.
“I wrote my first twenty-two novels in longhand with a ballpoint pen—it’s hard to get good quills these days,” she says. Dragged into the twenty-first century by her son Matt, a telecommunication specialist, Shirl now uses two of those “devil machines.” Another troglodyte bites the dust. Please visit her at www.shirlhenke.com.
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This is a fascinating love story, set in a fascinating background. It's set during the "conquest" of the New World. Some conquest! When the lovers Aaron and Magdalena are not battling one another (at one point she smears his face and hair with shall we say "fertilizer" when he thinks to break her defiance), they are battling to protect the Taino people from the greed of the Spanish gold seekers, who are really a pack of lazy, brutal scum. One of my main interests in the book was the account, unobtrusively woven into the story, of the Tainos culture and way of life. I have read lots of books with Native American settings but nothing like this. The culture and the way Aaron and Magdalena adapt to it are really, really interesting. Do yourself a favor and get this one.
I have been a fan of Shirl Henke's for years. You can always count on her for a good read. And often she produces a great read. But how in the name of all that's holy did I miss this one? This is truly one of the most unusual novels I have read. The back-story is the initial discovery of the "New World." It sweeps from Europe, but mostly takes place on the isle of Espanola. Aaron Torres, a Sephardic Jew turned Christian, is a professional soldier, descended from a noble family who have served the monarchy for generations. He makes a formidable hero. Magdalena, also from a noble (but corrupt) house, has been infatuated with Aaron since childhood and "tracks" him across the sea to become the first "lady" ever to set foot in the Indies. She is even more formidable than he is. Their relationship, a turbulent one, is set against the equally turbulent clash between Europeans and the first Native Americans they encounter in Paradise. I'll bet you will never find another story like this. One of Henke's great reads.