"A completely engaging tale following a handful of remarkable settlers."-Entertainment Weekly "Lively. . . . Vivid characters. . . . Enthralling...more
"A completely engaging tale following a handful of remarkable settlers."-Entertainment Weekly "Lively. . . . Vivid characters. . . . Enthralling reading."-The Miami Herald "Compelling. . . . That Vida brings so much fresh energy to the timeworn Western genre-complex characters, engaging stories, cutting-edge historical revisionism-is no small feat."-Austin American-Statesman "An imaginative and thoroughly researched tale driven by intriguing characters."-Denver Post "Should be placed on the same shelf with Lonesome Dove, Texas, and Pale Horse, Pale Rider."-The Monitor (Texas) When cholera strikes San Antonio in 1843, Aurelia Ruiz discovers that she might have the power to heal-and also to curse. Meanwhile, Joseph Kimmel, a schoolteacher in Missouri and the son of a Polish Jew, learns of his brother's death in San Antonio and sets off for Texas. On his way, a runaway slave steals his horse. After being rescued by Henry Castro, a man who is importing immigrants to populate his planned city, Castroville, Joseph agrees to marry a young Alsatian girl to save her from a Comanche chief who has demanded her. Then Joseph encounters Aurelia and becomes enamored with her. Comanches, Tonkaways, Mexican vaqueros, immigrant farmers, and runaway slaves all play a part in Joseph's rebirth as a rancher, but when a renegade band of Texas Rangers descends upon the ranch, everything changes. Nina Vida is the author of six previous novels: Scam, Return from Darkness, Maximillian's Garden, Goodbye Saigon, Between Sisters, and The End of Marriage. She lives with her husband in Huntington Beach, California. less
I personally loved this book. I thought it was just called "Texicana",hopefully I have the correct one, but I really enjoyed reading this and have read it twice and intend to read it again in the future.