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As a child in Spain, Puri always knew that her passion for chocolate was inherited from her father. But only after her death does he learn of something else she inherited: a cocoa plantation in Vinces, Ecuador, a town nicknamed “Chiquito Paris.” Eager to claim her birthright and hoping for a new life after the ravages of World War I, she and her husband Cristobal set out across the Atlantic. But it quickly becomes clear that someone is upset with Puri’s claim to the estate…
When a mercenary sent aboard the ship to assassinate her accidentally kills Cristóbal, Puri changes into her husband’s clothes and assumes his identity, hoping to stay safe while in Ecuador after learning the truth about her father’s legacy. .
Although Puri is exempt from the rules that women must follow, she faces other challenges on the property: new brothers, secret adventures and the dark secrets of her father. Then there are the dangers brought about by her attraction to an enigmatic man as she attempts to discover the identity of an enemy still on the loose and threatening the future she desperately wants to claim as her own…
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This is a fascinating mix of mystery, historical fiction, romance, and family drama. It takes place during several periods in the early 20th century. The reader will find many surprises during the reading.
María Purificación de Lafont y Toledo (Puri) is a successful chocolatier in Spain. She and her husband have a thriving chocolate shop. Puri’s father abandoned her and her mother when she was a child. She moved to Ecuador and bought a large cacao plantation. After her death, she surprises Puri by leaving him much of her estate. But she is not the only daughter of hers; she has at least three other illegitimate children. In Ecuador she formed a new family without officially getting married.
Learning of her inheritance, Puri convinces her husband Cristóbal to sell the business and most of her belongings and move to Ecuador. He agrees, seeing it as an opportunity to work on a novel. Unfortunately, the husband and wife are attacked on the way, only one survives. Suspicious, Puri decides to pose as her husband while she tries to discover the identity of the attacker.
The mystery is well solved and it is difficult to guess who is responsible for the crime. Puri tends to do well as a woman pretending to be a man, but she wasn’t always believable. Surprisingly, only one character sees through her costume.
Although the writing style is good, there are some weaknesses. First, too many Spanish words, phrases, and food names are used throughout the book without a reader who does not speak Spanish being able to understand their meaning. It gets really irritating having to constantly log on while she’s trying to read to find translations.
There is also a fair amount of repetition. The cocoa bean roaster that Puri’s grandmother is said to have invented, and that the book keeps talking about despite being an ocean away, doesn’t really add much to the story. It is interesting, but not comprehensive. The book is also written in the first person, but sometimes switches to the third person. That got me out of the book.
It took me quite a while to warm up for Puri, but I’m not sure why. Maybe because she seems too trusting and know-it-all for my liking. I ended up liking her, but I never really believed in her or her ability to fool people in her guise for so long, the people she lived with. I enjoyed learning about the workings of a cocoa plantation.
A good mystery, but everything else was mediocre.
Part historical fiction, part police thriller, The Spanish Daughter is the story of a family in crisis after the death of the family patriarch and administrator of a cocoa plantation in Ecuador. Puri, her eldest daughter, travels from Spain with her husband Cristóbal to meet her father’s second family. These brothers are a surprise for Puri. On the boat, Puri is attacked and when her husband tries to defend her, a tragedy ensues.
Now Puri must find out who wanted her dead. When she meets the family, she discovers that they all have secrets. She is also tempted by the plantation foreman, Martin, and struggles with her feelings. Puri does what she has to do to save herself and her family.
Little did she know that there was a thriving cacao business in Ecuador until the 1920s. Nor was she aware of the invention of the roasting machine by a woman. Very interesting. Easy to read.
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