Maria Gonzalez POD
Mari Gonzalez by Nickie Fleming
What would you do when a dashing officer asks you to marry him, and wants to take you away to another continent?
How would you react if this husband gets murdered and you are taken prisoner? Even forced to marry a foreign ruler?
How do you survive if your town is under attack and you are accused of treason?
And what happens if at last you meet this one man who sweeps you off your feet?
The answers are all in this novel. Maria is a strong woman, but she has to overcome many hardships to find her one true love.
- Title: Maria Gonzalez
- Author: Nickie Fleming
- Publication Date: 2/10/2004
- ISBN: 978-0-9820025-5-1
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RoguePhoenixPress, 2009, 172 pages.
Reviewed by Christina St. Clair
Maria Gonzalez is a woman who has lived a long rich life. From the prologue we learn this Flemish born woman went to Spain, married a handsome soldier, moved with his regiment to New Spain, was kidnapped by Aztec Indians, and somehow ends up an old lady, now a noblewoman in Cornwall, with a maid called Tetla.
There are many interesting historical facts in the novel which appears to have been well-researched. It took a while for me to become engaged with the story, but by page 32, I found myself interested in the Aztec way of life within the hidden city of Tenochtitlàn. Here we meet the woman, Tetla, who becomes Maria's maid in England.
Adventure and dangerous escapes propel the story along. There was a little too much titillating sex for my taste, but maybe I'm just a prude.
I commend the author on her interesting details, her exciting plot, and the character, Maria Gonzalez, who seemed quite real.