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"Everything is going well for San Diego restaurateur Abby Silva. She is four months pregnant, and her husband Bobby is finished with his last tour as a Navy submariner, but their happiness is interrupted by a brutal robbery, followed by Bobby's father's sudden death. Bobby and Abby's mixed marriage angered their families. Her wealthy white parents disowned ...
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"Everything is going well for San Diego restaurateur Abby Silva. She is four months pregnant, and her husband Bobby is finished with his last tour as a Navy submariner, but their happiness is interrupted by a brutal robbery, followed by Bobby's father's sudden death. Bobby and Abby's mixed marriage angered their families. Her wealthy white parents disowned her after she married a Hispanic, and Bobby's father felt that his son was denying his heritage. Now Bobby wants Abby to have the baby in the tiny New Mexico town of Esperanza where he grew up so she can experience the feeling of 'La Familia,' where everyone helps one another. Abby reluctantly agrees, then Bobby mysteriously disappears. The neighbors gather around to help, and new entanglements ensue in this wonderful first novel by two talented authors who vividly bring to life the beauty of New Mexico and its people."-Booklist
"Sue Boggio and Mare Pearl are vivid and sensual writers. From raising goats to making tortillas, life on a farm in Esperanza is beautifully described. Sunlight and Shadow captures the complexities of rural life in New Mexico and presents an intriguing mix of Anglo and Hispanic characters. The plot is fascinating and the characters are well developed. It's a wonderful book."-Judith Van Gieson
"Filled with emotion. A real winner of a story."-Tony Hillerman
Posted March 16, 2005
This is the best book I have read in a long time. I did not want it to end. I love New Mexico, so it was wonderful that most of the story took place there and I could see, smell, and feel the landscape because the authors did so well at their descriptions. I also feel that the characters also were so true to the people who live there - at least, as far as my own experience. I experienced this friendship - and total acceptance from strangers I had just met there - my family were treated as though we were also family and I immediately felt at home. This is why I fell in love with this story. It was a story of people who love and accept others so easily. The characters become a huge extended family even though many of them are not related at all. The story is a mytery, too, and while I felt fear and worry for the person missing, I also felt that the people involved had a very strong support system to help them with what was happening. It was a wonderful story (even though it had the mystery that was throughout the story) and I did not want it to end. I hope these two are already working on their next book - I will be watching for them!!!!
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Posted December 25, 2014
I have bought both books but would not recommend the books to my friends. When one writes a book appropriate research needs to be done. New Mexicans are not Mexicans many are Spanish. When you allude to New Mexicans who are Conversos you are speaking about Spaniards. I f you have read any of the books which you reference you would have noted that the identified Conversos are in fact Spaniards as are most of our ancestors. I find it very interesting that you were not alerted to this error by Corrine Armijo. Out of stators frequently make this mistake then wonder why their books don't sell.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.