The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas
The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas
A beautifully harrowing historical novel set in the 1800’s after the Mexican War of Independence. The Hacienda is an experience of a book, filled with lush and vivid details that left me breathless and wonderfully spooked.
The Hacienda is told in dual POV with a great emphasis on Beatriz, the NEW Doña Solórzano and Father Andres.
After Beatriz’s father is killed for his political views, she is in dire need of setting her reputation back to an honorable position. So she quickly accepts a marriage proposal to Don Rodolfo Solórzano, a widower and owner of Hacienda San Isidro. Haciendas are closely regarded and compared to U.S. plantations. Widely popular in the 1800’s and 1900’s in Mexico and the rest of Latin America.
Beatriz is so thrilled to be the lady of the land, the Doña. She is set on sprucing up the land, the gardens, and the home at Hacienda San Isidro. What she is not expecting is the harrowing past the home holds, and the deep secrets of Rodolfo’s first wife.
The big question of how, who, when, and what happened to the previous wife plays a big part in this multiple layered mystery.
Rodolfo is away to attend his political agenda and Beatriz is left at the hacienda to become familiar with the staff and the house. After a couple of petrifying and spine chilling moments keep Beatriz up at night, she calls on Father Andres. A divine intervention must take place and Beatriz does not take “no” for an answer.
As the Father Andres makes his way to Hacienda San Isidro he feels for himself the energy of something lurking in the home. He also develops a forbidden bond and connection with Beatriz in his time at the hacienda.
Ghostly, sinister, with a sprinkle of a forbidden romance.
Isabel Cañas has truly woven a sensational gothic story with The Hacienda. I was hooked from the beginning! I was fully invested in Beatriz and all the secrets she had to uncover. As Cañas debut novel, she executed a story with depth, a strong context of historical facts, and a beautifully complex plot. Beyond the forbidden romance and eerie bits, this story showcases colonialism in early Mexico. The aftermath of the War of Independence and the conversations being had, the push of religion, and so many more important social issues that bleed into contemporary times. I keep seeing blurbs about this book is Rebecca meets Mexican Gothic, and I must say, it is an accurate description of The Hacienda. If you like a deep rooted mystery to be uncovered and do not mind a couple spooky bits, you MUST pick up The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas today!
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