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As a tender woman growing to be up in Spain, Ana Larragoity Cubillas is powerfully attracted to Puerto Rico via the diaries of an ancestor who traveled there with Ponce de Leon. And in good-looking dual brothers Ramon and Inocente—both in love with Ana—she unearths the way to get there. Marrying Ramon on the age of eighteen, she travels around the ocean to Hacienda los Gemelos, a distant sugar plantation the brothers have inherited. yet quickly the Civil battle erupts within the usa, and Ana unearths her livelihood, and even perhaps her existence, threatened through the very humans on whose backs her wealth has been outfitted: the hacienda’s slaves, whose richly drawn tales spread along her personal during this epic novel of affection, discovery and adventure.  

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The belief of wrapping herself in yards of material back used to be suffocating. She additionally dreaded Leonor’s intrusive attentions, her concerns and premonitions, her consistent harping approximately what Ramón and Inocente should still or shouldn’t do. past those matters, there has been additionally a deeper unease, one who she slightly understood yet used to be the genuine cause she wouldn’t go away. over the last 4 months, as she discarded the outer layers to bare her actual self to herself, she had additionally repudiated the area past the hacienda’s borders. Los Gemelos, nestled in a sea of sugarcane, held her. “I’m sorry, señores y señora,” Severo acknowledged the subsequent evening after supper. “I’ll look at it, after all, yet it’s not going medical professional together with his personal practice—forgive me if i will be able to be honest—” “Yes, of course,” Ramón acknowledged. “We recognize your opinion. ” “I don’t think this type of general practitioner would go away his perform for months to keep up, disculpe, señora, one lady in an out-of-the-way plantation. ” “Isn’t there a physician within the closest city? ” Ana requested. “Dr. Vieira,” Severo acknowledged. “He used to be a ship’s health care professional and lately tested in Guares. ” “Hours away on horseback,” Inocente muttered. “And he’s more matured with fractures, that kind of factor. …” “There needs to be a midwife to wait ladies round the following able to provide birth,” Ana acknowledged. “There is Siña Damita, Lucho’s wife,” Severo stated. “She’s a partera and curandera. She hasn’t misplaced a toddler yet,” he stated with an air of delight and an extended drag on his cigar, as though he’d expert the midwife himself. evidently, Ana concept, she was once certainly one of his. He received in simple terms expert slaves. “I desire to meet her. ” Ramón protested, “She supplies the slaves and campesinas. That’s hardly ever applicable for—” “I haven't any different choice,” Ana declared, and the boys fell silent. as soon as she went contained in the residence, besides the fact that, she heard Ramón and Inocente wondering Severo in regards to the midwife’s features. flowers, too, used to be surprised that Ana may enable Damita to be her midwife. “Siña Damita promises the jíbaras and black infants, señora,” she stated as she powdered Ana’s again and underarms. “My adventure has been that all of us glance and serve as pretty well a similar down there. ” “Ay, señora, the way you converse such issues! ” flowers reddened and dropped Ana’s nightgown over her head. “You’ll be with me, won’t you? ” Ana pressed Flora’s shoulder. “Of path, señora. Sí, if you would like me, i'll be there. ” Siña Damita was once a brisk, huge girl with monstrous fingers and toes that appeared completely designed to carry up her wide-hipped broad-shouldered physique. Like vegetation, she used to be born in Africa, yet from a Mandinka extended family, and spoke Spanish with a robust accessory in a low, masculine voice. in contrast to the opposite Africans, who have been informed to not examine whites without delay, Damita had an unwavering gaze. Her first proprietor had freed her 3 years past, yet now not her husband and 3 sons. whilst Severo got them, Damita got here to reside in a bohío at the boundary of the plantation in order that she may be in the direction of her husband and sons. “I convey black infants, white infants, noticed infants in the event that they come that way,” the partera stated.

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