Her mother might live in this house. There was, of course, the possibility that she might have moved somewhere else, but what if she were here, at this very moment? Melena could be a few minutes away from meeting her. Seconds even. A tremor started in her gut and traveled all the way down her legs.
This is a saga, and it is full of secrets and dramas. After Malena Sevilla loses her father to suicide, she makes discoveries buried deep in her father’s trunk. Who the heck was her father paying on his teaching salary, already a struggle to live, and why? Her mother may still be alive, and living close by? Malena heads to the town of San Isidro in the Andes Mountains to finally dig up the truth. Upon arrival she is thought to be an expected guest, Liliana and what better way to study the family and find her mother than under disguise? All she has to go on is the letter A, but with Alejandra, Amanda, Abigail, and Ana it could be any of them and it won’t be so easy with the added burden of falling in love and her own deceptions. How could her mother give her away? That her mother regretted it and her father never told her is unconscionable, how could a letter destroy the things she believed her father to be?
With murder, family loyalties and secrets, open wounds, love and cowardice Malena may learn her father had reasons for hiding so much from her, but what about her mother? What will happen when the family she is starting to love discovers the truth about her? How culture, times alter the paths we take in life is evident in this novel- it certainly does have the Latin soap opera appeal. Scandal is always an ingredient but time is a strange beast, if you take what was once scandalous and apply it to modern times, it’s laughable unless you understand what being shamed could do to an entire family way back when, particularly in another country where your family name is everything.
Is it believable? Well… deception was certainly much easier before the internet. This is in the 1960’s so mistaken identity isn’t so far fetched, lord knows there are plenty of non-fiction stories and movies about such things. I enjoyed it, but may be just a bit more dramatic than my usual reads.