A Novel

eBook - 2011
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As a young girl growing up in Spain, Ana Larragoity Cubillas is powerfully drawn to Puerto Rico by the diaries of an ancestor who traveled there with Ponce de Leon. And in handsome twin brothers Ramon and Inocente--both in love with Ana--she finds a way to get there. Marrying Ramon at the age of eighteen, she travels across the ocean to Hacienda los Gemelos, a remote sugar plantation the brothers have inherited. But soon the Civil War erupts in the United States, and Ana finds her livelihood, and perhaps even her life, threatened by the very people on whose backs her wealth has been built: the hacienda's slaves, whose richly drawn stories unfold alongside her own in this epic novel of love, discovery and adventure.

From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011
ISBN: 9780307596772
Characteristics: 1 online resource ; 413 pages.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Aug 02, 2013

I heartily disagree with the other comments: I found this novel completely fascinating as a heroic and liberated 19th century woman survives every possible obstacle to save her beloved sugar plantation, set in a historical venue--Puerto Rico--a country I knew so little about.

Depressing at times, yes, but being a slave owner with a conscience during the time of the American emancipation of slavery.;when the sugar cane still had to be harvested.

After reading this very well-written book, I felt I had just finished Gone With the Wind, Puerto Rican style! A fabulous read!!

Aug 13, 2012

I agree with the comments. The plot had alot of potential, however was very depressing. There are so many other ways that the storyline could've gone and yet, it seemed to drudge on.

The_Snow_Man Jul 07, 2012

Since I heard such great things about this book, I was very excited when I got my hands on it.
And yet . . .
I found the writing stiff and forced and I did not like the plot!

It wasn't bad; it just wasn't good.

lunap May 22, 2012

Heard so many good things about this book & author, and sorely disappointed once I finished. Reads like almost any other throwaway romance novels. Kinda had to force myself to finish. The 1st paragraphs & 1st chapter kinda gives you an idea how the rest of the book will flow. Didn't like all the unnessesarly flowery prose.

kpalichuk Dec 28, 2011

Not what I was hoping it would, or could be. I was bored by page 40.

Chitownchica Oct 20, 2011

Good read, but not something I would read again and again. I never expected this book to be as depressing as it actually was. The main character, Ana, ends up being conquered in every possible way while still managing to end the line of a once prosperous and promising family just for the sake of living out these fantastic ideas of her destiny that she thought up as a teenager.

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