Title: The New World
Series: Flower from Castile Trilogy (Book Two)
Genre/Keywords: Historical Fiction
Length: 448 pages (ebook) | 450 (paperback)
Publisher: Lifeline Publishing Books
Release date: April 18, 2013 (ebook/paperback)
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The year 1493 ushers in a New World, and Columbus is on a voyage with the Santa Maria, the Pinta, and the Niña to reach the Indies by sailing west. João Treves, one of his sailors, blackmails Columbus—threatening to reveal a secret that could ruin him—compelling Columbus to stow away Conversos on his next voyage. When the journey stretches longer than their food stores, the crew becomes fearful and rebellious.
Isabella and Miguel, along with the Beneluz family, are now sailing to Morocco where they can begin a new life. Their ship is headed for dangerous waters, infested with pirates bent on extracting hidden gold from unprotected passengers. Although Isabella and Miguel pray for smooth sailing, their voyage is beset by pirates, and they are taken as booty to be sold in Tangier’s slave market.
The ill-fated decision that instituted the Alhambra Decree and expelled all their Jewish artisans, farmers and workers leaves Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand vulnerable with depleted ranks of taxpayers. In her heart, the queen yearns for Columbus’s return with the gold promised for España.
“Although it would be best to read the first book in the trilogy, The New World stands alone beautifully. However, it is wonderful to pick up with the characters from the first book and watch the tense and heartbreaking adventures they go on in this installment. The first book showed Spain during the time of the Inquisition and the Alhambra Decree, which forced hundreds of thousands to flee Spain and seek a safe place to practice their religion. This second book follows the characters as they try to find safe havens, and it features Columbus on his journey across the Atlantic to the New World. Gafni has done a tremendous amount of great research, which shows so keenly in her novels through the detail and care she takes to convey the era and locales. These novels are filled with pain, hope, romance, history, danger, and excitement. You don’t want to miss either of these two novels, and I’m excitedly waiting for the final book that will resolve all the riveting story lines!” -Susanne Lakin, Author of Gates of Heaven Series