Conquistadora Conquistadora

Conquistadora

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Publisher Description

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • An epic novel of love, discovery, and adventure by the author of the award-winning, bestselling memoir When I Was Puerto Rican. • “Santiago’s storytelling is thrilling.... A triumph.” —The Washington Post 

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 León. And in handsome twin brothers Ramón and Inocente—both in love with Ana—she finds a way to get there. She marries Ramón, and in 1844, just eighteen, she travels across the ocean to a remote sugar plantation the brothers have inherited on the island.

Ana faces unrelenting heat, disease and isolation, and the dangers of the untamed countryside even as she relishes the challenge of running Hacienda los Gemelos. But when the Civil War breaks out in the United States, 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. And when at last Ana falls for a man who may be her destiny—a once-forbidden love—she will sacrifice nearly everything to keep hold of the land that has become her true home.

This is a sensual, riveting tale, set in a place where human passions and cruelties collide: thrilling history that has never before been brought so vividly and unforgettably to life.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2011
July 12
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
432
Pages
PUBLISHER
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
9.4
MB

Customer Reviews

Snowdiamonds ,

What an adventure

I couldn't put this book down - I read it in a day and a half. I was captivated by the history it represented and the manner in which it was presented. It helped me to visualize a picture to the stories told by family members, like my Abuela born in 1873 - who spoke of these very things, campesinos, fincas etc. The next time I go back home to visit the Island and have the opportunity to go up to the finca in Ponce I will see it with brand new eyes....Thank you Esmeralda Santiago

S P Jacobs ,

Conquistadora

A great page turner. The history, characters, romance and Santiagos's beautiful and knowledgable writing style kept me captivated. It is a worthwhile and stimulating saga. It ended too soon.

RavenSalander ,

Enthralling

I've been a fan of Isabel Allende for years now, and for others who enjoy her rich story telling should appreciate Santiago's tragic but illustrious saga. In the same vein as Allende's novel, Conquistadora is about a young woman seeking autonomy and purpose in her life.
Ana, the heroine is strong, ambitious, and calculating. Her dreams of autonomy take her from the rigid and oppressive society in Spain, to the America's where fortune and glory are determined by grit and not one's sex. Santiago artfully weaves the historical and personal with aplomb.
I highly recommend this to anyone who loves historical fiction, family saga's, or adventure!

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