The Star in the Meadow

Carla Kelly
The Star in the Meadow
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Publisher
Camel Press
Release Date
February 2017
ISBN
9781603819923
Series
Book 4 of The Spanish Brand
Genre
Historical Romance

SUMMARY
Marco Mondragón and his wife Paloma are living hectic but happy lives at the Double Cross, on the edge of Comanchería. Five years after the death of Comanche leader Cuerno Verde, cautious diplomacy between the tribe and the colonists is underway to end Comanche raids into New Mexico. Paloma's time has been fully consumed by her two toddlers and newborn son and Marco's by spring planting.
The Seven Year Audit of 1784 arrives and with it comes auditor Fernando Ygnacio. After years of incarceration for a crime he did not commit, Señor Ygnacio is a broken man. Although his daughter Catalina is bitter about his mistreatment by his superiors, her storytelling abilities captivate the household, including a frequent visitor from the nearby presidio, El Teniente Joaquim Gasca, who has been undergoing his own reformation from rascal to leader.

Unknown to him, Marco has peculiar enemies plotting his downfall. When Paloma and Catalina set out on a visit to Marco's sister, meant to give Paloma relief from her busy life, the women are kidnapped. Devastated, Marco is torn between love and duty. He yearns to search for his wife, but feels bound by colonial duties to accompany his friend Toshua to Río Napestle, where Comanches have gathered to debate the region's fragile peace. In his absence from the Double Cross, will Joaquim Gasca and Toshua's wife Eckapeta be able to find the missing women?

Book Review by Gabrielle Sally (author,reviewer)
Jun 05, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
58 people found the following review helpful
Historical romances can take us to different continents and genres and in THE STAR IN THE MEADOW by Carla Kelly, we are transported to the late eighteenth century in the heart of Comanche territory in New Mexico.

In this story, we meet Marco Mondragón and his wife, Paloma, who are living at the Double Cross, on the edge of Comanchería. Peace is tenuous and life is full.

This is an incredibly vivid story with characters that are fully brought to life against the backdrop of amazing settings that leave the reader feeling as though we've stepped back in time and are flies on the wall watching everything transpire.

Whether it's the strong love and commitment between Marco and Paloma, as well as their children; or the storytelling abilities of Catalina who captivates anyone who stops to listen to any one of the other characters who traipse across the pages as I rapidly tapped through.

This book is part of the Spanish Brand Series but can be read as a standalone. However, like many series, it's often better to start with the first so that you can immerse yourself in the lives and time of the New Mexico territory. Plus, many of these characters appear in the other stories enhancing the overall experience as we're able to revisit old friends and enemies.

This story is brimming with love, laughter, action, adventure, turmoil, heartache, and the list goes on. Ms. Kelly offers us a level of escapism that is truly worthy of the vast vistas of the old West.
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