Daughter of Fortune by Carla Kelly
Approx. 120,570 words.
Published on June 21, 2012 by
Maria Espinosa is “La Afortunata.” First she survives the 1679 cholera epidemic in Mexico City, then an Apache raid on the caravan transporting her to Santa Fe. Rejected by her sister, Maria goes to live with a ranching family living uneasily among the Pueblos and inspires a rivalry between Diego and his half-Indian brother Cristobal. When the Indians revolt, will Maria’s good fortune hold?