Title: The Duel for Consuelo
Author: Claudia H Long
Series: Josefina's Sin, The Next Generation
Genre: Historical Fiction/Historical Romance
Release Date: June 15 2014
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print
Travel back in time to 1711 in colonial Mexico, where the terrors of the Inquisition are slowly receding before the tide of the Enlightenment. Not receding fast enough, though, for Consuelo. She's caught between two men, two religions, and two ruthless inquisitors who are hanging on to their lasts shreds of power.
THE DUEL FOR CONSUELO brings us to 1711 in colonial Mexico. Consuelo, an accomplished herbalist and daughter of a mayor, is privy to the darkest family secret possible while the Inquisition still holds fast to its waning dominance. Her ailing mother is a practicing "Secret Jew", descendent of Conversos, or Jews who converted in Spain at the point of a sword. Her father is desperate to prevent the discovery of this secret as it will mean certain torture and possible death of his family.
Juan Carlos Castillo, the white-blond son of wealthy landowners, has a few secrets of his own. His love for Consuelo has moved into forbidden territory, and he watches as his friend and rival, Leandro Almidon of Spain, woos Consuelo with his sharp wit and promises of social and financial security.
The times are turbulent. The Enlightenment is slowly penetrating the darkness of Spain and its colony, and new thinkers are questioning everything, from religion to science, to the mingling of the castes and races. With new thinking secrets are bared and the Inquisition makes a final grasp at power. Consuelo finds herself fighting for her mother's life, her own future, and her right to love.
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Claudia H. Long grew up in Mexico City and moved to the United States when she was eleven. She wrote her senior thesis at Harvard University on the feminism of Sor Juana INS De La Cruz, and revived her passion for her when she wrote Josefina's Sin. She lives and practices law in Northern California with her husband. They have two grown children. She is currently at work on her next novel, set in eighteenth century Mexico.
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The cold wind whipped through the yard, scattering leaves and dust and blowing Consuelo's hair and shawls. She pulled the rebozo closer around herself and held her mother's arm firmly.
She watched her father walk towards the gathered men, her eyes searching intently. It was not difficult to spot the white-blond head amongst the throng of dark haired and olive-complexioned men. The sun, weakened by the greenish clouds that increased by the moment, absorbed and returned the unnatural glow of that otherworldly hair. Consuelo swallowed as Juan Carlos turned as if sensing her stare and looked back at her. It was too far for her to see the expression on his face but he clearly raised his hand in greeting. Unable to breathe she nodded back, her flush banishing the cold from the whistling wind.
Something soft touched her hand. Consuelo looked down to see her mother stroking her hand tenderly where she held her mother's arm in an unconsciously iron grip. "Thank you," Consuelo whispered, but the clarity faded once again to opacity in Leila's eyes. Consuelo turned them towards the hacienda door. Small specks of white swirled in her vision and for the first time in a hundred recorded years snow began to fall in the high plains of Central Mexico.