Daughter of Fortune

Daughter of Fortune Best Read || [Carla Kelly] Daughter of Fortune Best Read || [Carla Kelly] - Daughter of Fortune, Daughter of Fortune Born into Old World elegance beautiful Maria Espinosa lost her parents and her fortune when plague ravaged Mexico City Now she lay in the blazing heat of the Santa Fe trail sole survivor of a brutal

  • Title: Daughter of Fortune
  • Author: Carla Kelly
  • ISBN: 9780671607548
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Paperback

Daughter of Fortune Best Read || [Carla Kelly] - Daughter of Fortune, Daughter of Fortune Born into Old World elegance beautiful Maria Espinosa lost her parents and her fortune when plague ravaged Mexico City Now she lay in the blazing heat of the Santa Fe trail sole survivor of a brutal

Daughter of Fortune, Daughter of Fortune Best Read || [Carla Kelly], Daughter of Fortune, Carla Kelly, Daughter of Fortune Born into Old World elegance beautiful Maria Espinosa lost her parents and her fortune when plague ravaged Mexico City Now she lay in the blazing heat of the Santa Fe trail sole survivor of a brutal Apache raid Rescued by Diego Masferrer Maria came to love the bold young rancher and the harsh beauty of life on his hacienda But a savage feud smoldered in the AmericanBorn into. Daughter of Fortune Best Read || [Carla Kelly] - Daughter of Fortune, Daughter of Fortune Born into Old World elegance beautiful Maria Espinosa lost her parents and her fortune when plague ravaged Mexico City Now she lay in the blazing heat of the Santa Fe trail sole survivor of a brutal

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Daughter of Fortune

Comments Daughter of Fortune

  1. A bleak, harrowing, vivid historical fiction based on the 1680 indigenous revolt against Spanish colonists in and around Santa Fe, New Mexico The book cover suggests a swashbuckling bodice ripper but the story is not at all salacious or even focused on romance It is a story of survival and it does not hold back on depicting the most gruesome, painful aspects of the destruction that took place, one that is so horrific that I cannot fathom how the soil around Santa Fe was ever able to absorb so mu [...]


  2. Long, long ago, before writing her Regencies, westerns, historicals and LDS themed romances, Daughter of Fortune was released Before that, Mrs Kelly had some stories issued in magazines Without a violence filter, this historical fiction was originally written in 1985 based on a true life incident It would be four years before Summer Campaign, a much lighter fare, was published in 1679, Maria Luisa Espinosa de la Garza was a 15 year old orphan when she set out by wagon from Mexico City to the co [...]


  3. With her parents dead pops lost all the family fortune before biting the dust , Maria Espinosa has no family left except for an older sister who married and moved to Santa Fe The story begins with a bang as the supply train Maria is traveling on is attacked by Apaches and she s the only one to survive She might still be alive, but she s still a long way from safety and Santa Fe, plus there s no food and the Indians are still hanging around She s finally rescued by Diego Masferrer and he takes he [...]


  4. 4 5 4 stars A Carla Kelly always teaches me some history in her books This book is pretty dark in a lot of ways and leaves no doubt in the reader s mind that life was very hard in the 1600s in the southwest Kelly manages to tell the history with empathy towards all points of view the settlers, rancheros, and native people As always, her characters are varied and interesting I m not sure I would be tough enough to thrive during that time I really debated whether or not to put this on my romance s [...]


  5. A lot of history in this one, during the Pueblo Revolt in 1680 I thought it was very good and learned something I knew nothing about Not a fluff read, that s for sure A lot of violence.


  6. This is one dramatic and intense story It is based on the Pueblo Indians uprising that drove European Spanish settlers out of their colonies in New Mexico in 1680 of which I knew nothing about This time period is not something I would normally pick as it is far removed from my favorite Regency England However, Carla Kelly being one of my favorite authors, I decided to venture out of my happy zone and try something different And boy, was this different Maria, having survived a cholera epidemic th [...]


  7. Die hard Kelly fans may want to read this, her first published novel, but it s not like her later romance novels The setting is interesting we usually don t find historical fiction set in the 17th C US Southwest but it s women s fiction or straight historical than it is a historical romance Nonetheless, there is a love story in it, with the kind of flawed characters that helped Kelly establish her reputation in Regencies There are also scenes of extremely graphic violence which are integral to [...]



  8. While I couldn t put the book down, I also recommend it with reservations because there were a few descriptions of gore that haunted me for days Unlike many of her light novels, this is a drama based on actual events and meant to place the reader within the time and the atrocity that was committed Boy, do you feel it There is a feeling of oppression throughout the book as the rebellion builds, but the tension is slightly relieved as the heroine matures and learns to adapt to the work of her new [...]


  9. I generally really like Carla Kelly s books, even though they aren t always clean the not clean ones are still milder than a lot of what is out there This book is quite clean sex wise, there is one mention but it is not explicit However, this book has a lot of violence and gore Ms Kelly has a wonderful way of making history come to life I really liked the beginning It was nice to have a hero that wasn t perfect He seemed very realistic, he made some bad choices and his views on being a slave own [...]


  10. Gory I was expecting a cheesy romance novel and instead it was a cheesy gory historical novel I love historical novels so I was fine reading it, but I could only handle so many scalping scenes The gory bloodage combined with the cheesy romancitical language was awkward at times Overall I still enjoyed it though even though I was tired I couldn t sleep and read the last 1 2 of the book waaaay past bedtime.


  11. I always like learning some history in books I like when a book makes me go to learn of period in history, which this did The Po pay uprising in 1680, driving the Spanish settlers out of the New Mexico was something I knew nothing ofd now I do Life was very hard in the 1600s in the southwest Kelly manages to tell the history with empathy towards all points of view the settlers, rancheros, and native people Her characters are varied and interesting.


  12. I ve never lived in an area that a book takes place in It was interesting to learn about a story in history while living among the descendants It is amazing how much has changed since that time and how this area has grown The book itself wasn t good and was hard to read at times It was pretty graphic with the destruction from the Indians and I found it hard to stomach at times It made me want to go to of the historical sights in this area.


  13. Wow What an intense story But as Carla Kelly always does in her books, the characters shimmer with life It was fascinating to read about this time and place and the type of people that populated it Harsh is an understatement the land, climate, beliefs, punishment, and retributions A powerful, revealing book.


  14. Maria survives a cholera epidemic, and Apache massacre and her sister s rejection She find a home with the family of the man who finds her after the massacre There she learns of the encomienda system that eventually leads to the Pueblo Indian uprising which slaughters most of the family she lives with and most of the folks around Santa Fe in the 1680.


  15. i read this as a beach read perhaps, scalping apaches was not exactly what i thought i was headed for this book reminded me why i do love historical fiction learning about a time culture that i was completely unfamiliar with i would consider this a clean read.


  16. This was kind of a grown up version of the American Girl Josefina series though the heroine in the story is but 5 years older than Josefina The mature section had to do with the massacre of the Spaniards I love the historically based stories Ms Kelly creates.


  17. Somehow this book caught my attention and became a fast read I learned a great deal about New Mexico history the Spanish versus the native Indians who already lived there A good historical romance.


  18. The historical context of the book was fascinating to me Tension, intrigue, suspense, Indian uprising, love, all combine to make a great read.


  19. Wonderful book Great read, I recommend this book to everyone The author did a great job keeping the story both intriguing and captivating




  20. This book is grand The story has scope and historical accuracy The characters endure in the story and beyond I am a Kelly fan and enjoy all her books, but this one is the gold standard.


  21. The violence in this is so gross It had me truly horrified which was the point I just felt so bad for the protagonist and would be truly scarred if I saw what she saw hahaha


  22. I have to say that I was not particularly fond of this book The grotesque details of war and bodies were not at all what I was looking for But she wrote well, told a good story So three stars