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The Spanish Daughter – Lorena Hughes

Title: The Spanish Daughter

Author: Lorena Hughes

Genre: Historical Fiction

Plot: María Purificación is the oldest of four children, and the only truly legitimate child in the early 1900’s.He left her in Spain when she was a child to run a cacao plantation in Ecuador. Her father recently died and María Purificación has been asked to attend his will reading in Ecuador. She and her husband Cristobal travel together. But on the way to Ecuador, Cristobal is murdered. María Purificación decides to dress as her husband to find her husband’s murderer. As she navigates the plantation and the nearby city, she learns more about her father’s other family. Who killed Cristobal? Was it a family member? Or someone else?

Rating: 4.0 – a good historical fiction and murder mystery

Opinion: This was a great book. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I loved learning more about chocolate, how to make it, and the culture surrounding it. The mystery in the book was paced out nicely in the book. There are good clues to who did it in the book. The characters in the book were very relatable, too. There were parts of every character I could relate to. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves historical fiction books.

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