When the privileged son of a rich Tejano rancher makes the near-fatal mistake of falling in love with the wrong woman, he loses everything—even his identity—then devises an ingenious plan of switching identities to win it all back. Set in Texas in the late 1800s, The Legend of Juan Miguel is a hero's journey played out against the backdrop of the emerging West.
Juan Miguel’s love for the wife of his father’s rival, an Anglo rancher, triggers a tortured journey of passion, love, loss, and redemption. When rancher Ben Barone discovers his wife, Marguerite, and Juan Miguel are in love, he seeks revenge by unjustly confiscating Juan Miguel’s rancho, kidnapping him, and rigging his trial for horse thievery in Mexico.
Three years later, Juan Miguel has escaped from Mexican prison and taken on the persona of Primo, a notorious bandito who robs and raids from his home base in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico into Texas. He returns to Texas to reclaim his lost love and his stolen rancho with the help of the bandito disguise and the persona of a Spanish dandy named Martin Zamora. In an elaborate con, Juan Miguel juggles his identities as he fights the powerful ranchers and their political allies.
A man with many faces, Juan Miguel nevertheless retains his core identity and love for Marguerite throughout the whole ordeal. In the end, his fame and exploits threaten to catch up with him and his identities are about to be revealed, at the same time his dreams are within reach.
|Publisher:||Anna K. Sargent|
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About the Author
Anna K. Sargent writes historical fiction set in Texas’s colorful past, and yet her books are really about identity—who we are and how we became who we are. Anna was well into a successful career as a writer and editor. Then one day, life “threw a craving” on her, as they say in Texas. Her spirit wanted to do what her spirit wanted to do. She wanted to write historical fiction, because she loves history and she loves stories and she loves Texas. Sargent had worked as a journalist for years, starting out as a newspaper reporter. She went on to be the editor of two newspapers and later was a publicist, communications director, and magazine editor. Through it all she had an abiding passion for the place of her heart and its history. She left her career and found herself again through writing and studying that place. Lucky for her, Texas has an amazing history, full of characters and adventure and extremes of weather and landscape. How people dealt with the place—and how they still deal with it—that’s the interesting part. Her goal is to convey the complexity of Texas’ rich cultural past and suggest how it informs the present. She is Texan through and through and part of every person, battle, tall tale, and twist of history that led Texans to where they are.