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No Secret Too Small: A Novel of Old New Mexico

No Secret Too Small: A Novel of Old New Mexico

by Loretta Miles Tollefson


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New Mexico, 1837. As New Mexico teeters on the verge of revolution, eight-year-old Alma's family experiences an upheaval of its own. Her parents, Gerald and Suzanna, have been married almost ten years. In that time, he's never told her that his grandmother was a runaway slave. When Gerald's father shows up in the valley, the truth comes out.

Stunned and furious, Suzanna leaves the family's mountain valley and takes Alma and her younger brother, Andrew, with her. Gerald allows the children to go because he believes they'll be safer with their mother than with him in the mountains. However, as Suzanna, Alma, and Andrew reach Santa Fe, revolt breaks out and the children are exposed to sights no child should ever have to experience.

This trauma and the prejudice the children experience because of their heritage makes Alma long for home. But even if her mother can forgive past secrets, the way is now blocked by wintery weather and entrenched rebels. Will Alma's family ever be reunited?

A heart-breaking yet ultimately triumphant story about secrets, prejudice, love, and the impact of adult conflict on our children.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781952026034
Publisher: Loretta M. Tollefson
Publication date: 11/05/2020
Pages: 374
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

Loretta Miles Tollefson grew up in the American West in a log cabin built by her grandfather of trees harvested from the surrounding quarter-section. She lives in New Mexico's Sangre de Cristo mountains, where she researches the region's history and imagines what it would have been like to actually experience it.

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