The Double Cross [NOOK Book]

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The year is 1780, and Marco Mondragón is a brand inspector in the royal Spanish colony of New Mexico. A widower and rancher, Marco lives on the edge of Comanchería, the domain of the fierce Comanche. Each autumn, he takes cattle and wool, and his district’s records of livestock transactions to the governor in Santa Fe.  He is dedicated, conscientious and lonely. This year, he is looking for a little dog to keep his feet warm through cold winter nights. He finds a yellow dog but also meets a young, blue-eyed ...
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The Double Cross

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Overview

The year is 1780, and Marco Mondragón is a brand inspector in the royal Spanish colony of New Mexico. A widower and rancher, Marco lives on the edge of Comanchería, the domain of the fierce Comanche. Each autumn, he takes cattle and wool, and his district’s records of livestock transactions to the governor in Santa Fe.  He is dedicated, conscientious and lonely. This year, he is looking for a little dog to keep his feet warm through cold winter nights. He finds a yellow dog but also meets a young, blue-eyed beauty named Paloma Vega. Paloma is under the thumb of relatives who might have stolen a brand belonging to Paloma’s parents, dead in a Comanche raid. As a brand inspector, Marco has every right to be suspicious of brand thieves. If Marco has anything to do with it, Paloma’s fortunes are about to change. Meanwhile, Marco has other challenges to contend with. An elderly ranchero named Joaquin Muñoz has set in motion events that involve the ever-dangerous Comanches and threaten the uneasy peace of Marco’s jurisdiction. Set against the mountains and high plains of northeastern New Mexico during the decline of Spanish power in the New World, The Double Cross is a story of loss and love regained, at a time when honor went hand in glove with bravery, and danger was never far away.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148643111
  • Publisher: Camel Press
  • Publication date: 7/22/2013
  • Series: The Spanish Brand Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 269,697
  • File size: 377 KB

Meet the Author

A well-known veteran of the romance writing field, Carla Kelly is the author of twenty-six novels and three non-fiction works, as well as numerous short stories and articles for various publications. She is the recipient of two RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America for Best Regency of the Year; two Spur Awards from Western Writers of America; a Whitney Award for Best Romance Fiction, 2011; and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Romantic Times. Carla’s interest in historical fiction is a byproduct of her lifelong interest in history. She has a BA in Latin American History from Brigham Young University and an MA in Indian Wars History from University of Louisiana-Monroe. She’s held a variety of jobs, including public relations work for major hospitals and hospices, feature writer and columnist for a North Dakota daily newspaper, and ranger in the National Park Service (her favorite job) at Fort Laramie National Historic Site and Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site. She has worked for the North Dakota Historical Society as a contract researcher. Interest in the Napoleonic Wars at sea led to a recent series of novels about the British Channel Fleet during that conflict. Of late, Carla has written two novels set in southeast Wyoming in 1910 that focus on her Mormon background and her interest in ranching. You can find Carla on the Web at: www.CarlaKellyAuthor.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    One of Carla Kelly's best! Very Enjoyable!

    A different kind of historical romance that is very well written. I love how she develops her characters.

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  • Posted July 25, 2013

    This is the first Carla Kelly book I've ever read, and it defini

    This is the first Carla Kelly book I've ever read, and it definitely makes me want to read more.  It's so darn charming.  In list form, here's what I loved about the book:

    1. The chapter subtitles: Hilarious.  

    2. The writing style: The humorous chapter subtitles cue readers in to the sly humor that pervades this book.  While the subject matter is often dark, the writing is just light enough to ensure a pleasant read and to highlight, by contrast, the darker themes discussed.  The book reminded me of Voltaire's <i>Candide</i>
    .  It's funny, smart, and sharp.

    3. The setting: This story takes place in 1780s New Mexico.  The historical details of the setting are beautifully incorporated into the story.  I never felt like I was reading Kelly's research notes.

    4. Adorable animal antics: I'm a sucker for animal cuteness in books, and Trece, the yellow dog, filled my heart with happy.

    In the interest of honesty, there were a few things that I didn't like so much.  The language is occasionally jarringly modern.  On one occasion, one of the characters thinks, &quot;Meh.&quot;  On another, a character refers to herself as a freak of nature.  Those are, I think, rather modern expressions.  But though they didn't fit with the 1780s setting, they fit the overall voice of the book.  (Also, anachronisms don't bother me much.)  This book did seem to be more like historical fiction than romance, though.  The story is focused on Don Marco and his adventures, one of which is falling in love with and marrying Paloma Vega, but the story arc is not about the romance.  That said, I thoroughly enjoyed the story, even though it's not precisely a romance.

    The bottom line, though, is that this book is a delightful read.  Lovers of historical romance who are jonesing for interesting new settings should be all over this book.  Lovers of historical fiction or any folk who read and liked <i>Candide</i>
    should pick it up, too.  

    My thanks to the publisher for sending me my review copy.  

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