Written by:
Esmeralda Santiago
Narrated by:
Esmeralda Santiago

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
July 2011
17 hours 41 minutes
An epic novel of love, discovery, and adventure by the author of the best-selling memoir When I Was Puerto Rican.

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 León. And in handsome twin brothers Ramón and Inocente—both in love with Ana—she finds a way to get there. She marries Ramón, and in 1844, just eighteen, she travels across the ocean to a remote sugar plantation the brothers have inherited on the island.

Ana faces unrelenting heat, disease and isolation, and the dangers of the untamed countryside even as she relishes the challenge of running Hacienda los Gemelos. But when the Civil War breaks out in the United States, 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. And when at last Ana falls for a man who may be her destiny—a once-forbidden love—she will sacrifice nearly everything to keep hold of the land that has become her true home.

This is a sensual, riveting tale, set in a place where human passions and cruelties collide: thrilling history that has never before been brought so vividly and unforgettably to life.
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For the first time, I didn't even come close to finishing a book. Only got through the 2nd CD, was not involved in the characters, didn't care what happened to them, and didn't care for the narrator. Unless you are specifically interested in this time period, it will not draw you in.

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This book is read by the author and she is NOT good. I found this book slow moving and the characters stilted and uninteresting.

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