It's 1843, San Antonio, the Republic of Texas. Mexican-born Aurelia Ruiz finds that she may have the power to heal - as well as to curse. She definitely has the power to attract men. Willie Barnett, a young Texas ranger, becomes infatuated with her. Her father sells her to him but insists on a wedding. To the other rangers such a marriage is anathema. When Barnett is killed by Native Americans, pregnant Aurelia finds shelter in a Comanche camp.
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"This radiant work of historical fictionvibrantly atmospheric and emotionally densespans 12 years in the lives of many engaging characters, who come to life on every page." - PW.
"..Diverse characters of Vida's compelling novel re-create a hair-trigger time in the great state of Texas." - Library Journal.
"Rich with period detail, an elegant, character-driven novel about the clash of cultures that forged the Lone Star spirit. " - Kirkus.
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