1803, the colony of Texas Marianne Phillips, the daughter of a wealthy rancher, has never agreed with her father's harsh treatment of the poor mestizos who first inhabited the colony of Texas. When rebels kidnap Marianne, in hopes her father will trade back their land for her freedom, she realizes her loyalty lies with her abductors, not her father, who plans to marry her off to the don of a nearby estate. Armando Garcia is the locals' reluctant leader, but his people revere and depend on him. Knowing that without his leadership they'd be forced from their land, Armando accepts his role, but does not approve of the latest attempt to manipulate their enemy. When he learns that Marianne actually speaks his language, of her loyalty to his people, and of the faith that keeps her strong, Armando is faced with a difficult decision. Will his newfound love keep him from letting her go? Or will he set her free and risk losing their land forever?
In early 19th-century Texas, rancher Weston Phillips attempts to drive longtime Mexican residents from their homes because he has big plans for their land. Phillips's intentions are thwarted when rebels led by Armando Garcia kidnap his daughter, Marianne, whose sympathies lean toward the mestizos. She is also attracted to their handsome leader, but she and Armando know that they are from different worlds and can never be together. When Marianne is returned to her father, he is more concerned with ensuring that the financially beneficial marriage he has arranged for his daughter takes place. This traditional historical romance with a Christian worldview features stock characters and a predictable plot, but it delivers a pleasant read for those who enjoy this genre. Mills lives in Texas. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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February 04, 2008
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