The Sandoval Sisters' Secret of Old Blood (Paperback)

By Sandra Ramos O'Briant

La Gente Press, 9780615615103, 272pp.

Publication Date: August 28, 2012

List Price: 10.99*
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Winner of Best Historical Fiction and Best First Book, ILBA, 2013. When Alma flees with her young lover to Texas to escape an arranged marriage with a much older man, she sets in motion a drama that will put the sisters and their legacy at risk. Pilar, a 14-year-old tomboy, is offered as a replacement bride, and what follows is a sensuous courtship and marriage clouded by the curses of her husband's former lover, Consuelo. She will stop at nothing, even the use of black magic, in her effort to destroy the Sandoval family. The Mexican-American war begins and the Americans invade Santa Fe. The sisters are caught in the crosshairs of war from two important fronts-New Mexico and Texas. Their money and ancient knowledge offer some protection, but their lives are changed forever.

About the Author

Sandra Ramos O'Briant grew up in Santa Fe and spent summers in Texas. Her short stories and creative nonfiction have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. For a complete list of her work, go to