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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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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.
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
I could not put this book down. Felt like I was saying goodbye to a dear friend when I finished it, so I started to read more slowly! I recommend it to everyone!