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The Conquest

The Conquest

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A Body BrokenMany times Alexandria Gascoyne has been called upon to nurse forest animals back to health -- but never before have her brothers brought her a wounded man! Though pale and grievously injured, the unconscious nobleman in Alexandria's bed is as striking a male as she has ever seen. But this is a time for tender healing, not for fantasy and dreams that leave an innocent maid flushed and breathless.A Heart RebornAn angel has brought the Earl of Drummond back to life. Her smile is a delight, her touch is ecstasy. Yet freedom-loving Drum knows he must leave the exquisite Alexandria as soon as he is able. Being discovered alone with this stunning country miss could lead to only scandal...or, worse, to matrimony! And Drum dares not expose her to the perils of world. But how can he abandon this incomparable lady who mended his damaged heart -- then conquered it with kindness, passion, and love?

A Body BrokenMany times Alexandria Gascoyne has been called upon to nurse forest animals back to health -- but never before have her brothers brought her a wounded man! Though pale and grievously injured, the unconscious nobleman in Alexandria's bed is as striking a male as she has ever seen. But this is a time for tender healing, not for fantasy and dreams that leave an innocent maid flushed and breathless.A Heart RebornAn angel has brought the Earl of Drummond back to life. Her smile is a delight, her touch is ecstasy. Yet freedom-loving Drum knows he must leave the exquisite Alexandria as soon as he is able. Being discovered alone with this stunning country miss could lead to only scandal...or, worse, to matrimony! And Drum dares not expose her to the perils of world. But how can he abandon this incomparable lady who mended his damaged heart -- then conquered it with kindness, passion, and love?

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Publish date: Oct 13, 2009
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Copyright:Traditional Copyright: All rights reservedISBN:9780061740794
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booksofcolor reviewed this
It's about a Mexican-American antique book restorer who's convinced this old European manuscript about an Aztec princess/juggler/slave was actually written by the Aztec woman, instead of a crazy monk like everyone thinks. The antique book restorer is a hardcore bibliophile who uses storytelling as a seduction and romance technique. (Her on/off boyfriend can never resist her seduction, even as he's alienated by her bibliophilia.) The manuscript has juggling that can affect the sun and can assassinate an European king, crossdressing, and a lesbian romance subplot between the juggler and an Italian nun. It touches upon Cortez, post-colonial history, hidden history, Titian, and the West projecting itself onto the "dark" continents. Here's a quote: I love the museum because it is a garden of such secret histories. For the past few years, I've made a home in this place, surrounded by these relics of lost empires and the breath of the great dead. It's in the Getty that I've learned I have a knack for resurrecting and protecting a history that not everyone can see, and it is one of the greatest passions in my life. I spend all my days, all my weekends, all my evenings at it, unless I'm with Karl. He has trouble understanding why I work as hard as I do, but I'm still looking for proof of my own past in these pages that I mend--maybe a foreign name obscured under a false title, the dusky blood in the provenance, an unexpected tint in the skin of a genius--any afterimage of the dark continents burned by the lumen gratiae of these brilliant civilizations protected by the Getty, and, more generally, anything that might rattle the case of this perfect collection I feel so many things about. I suppose you could say I'm an eccentric looking for something that doesn't exist, like the famous cracked knight who saw a princess Dulcinea in the big-hipped girl busy slopping pigs. But though some of my esteemed colleagues do levy such slanders my way, they don't ruffle my whiskers even a little bit.
viking2917_1 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
The Conquest is pretty good. Definitely better than the last book I read of Murray's, [The King's Road]. The evocation of ancient Mexico, and the history of Cortes' invasion, are nicely done. The characters (at least the contemporary ones) act with much more believable motivation than in the The King's Road. The more fantastical characters aren't supposed to be realistic so it's not a problem when they do something bizarre 8).
whitetara_1 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
I liked the premise of this book and there were moments that I was in love with her "Helen" character and storyline. But I just could not keep fully interested unfortunately. The "Sara" storyline dragged a lot and in both storylines, there were mounds of text that could have been completely taken out. Sometimes, it really does only take one sentence to get the point across - not an entire page. I really wanted to love this book but just felt that it was okay.
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