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[[ Read Audiobooks ]] TarifaAuthor Elizabeth Tebbetts Taylor – Betadvice.es

Tarifa Beguiling Child, Bewitching Temptress, Swept From The Bustling Streets Of Old Seville To The Gilded Splendor Of The New World, There To Live In Shame Among Aristocratic Californios Scorned, Seduced, BetrayedTarifa Her Pagan Heart Cried Out To Conquer Those Who Shamed Her, To One Day Rule As Mistress Of The Glorious Riches Of The Magnificent Rancho Loma De OroHer Flashing Dark Eyes Possessed The Ancient Secrets Of A Proud, Defiant Breed Her Quicksilver Wiles, Her Bold Bravado, Set Men Aflame Many Men Tried To Tame Her Only One Man Saw Past Her Dark Desires To The Burning Need Within The Daring Sea Captain Bart Kinkaid, Whose Will Was As Indomitable As Her Own Whose Soul Would Forever Entwine With Hers In A Rapturous Love A Love That Soared Beyond The Boundaries Of Time Itself


10 thoughts on “Tarifa

  1. says:

    I recently read Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen Woodiwiss and found it a little lacking, to say the least Usually I love thick historicals with tiny print, but that Woodiwiss bookI can t even summon up the will to write a good review for it The romance annoyed me, the hero turned Inexplicable Idiot, the heroine was an unprincipled little faker, and the historical aspect of it was far too invisible for a book of its size So I ve simply tossed it into the virtual dustbin, never to be bothered with again If it had been anything like this book, however, I d have been running to a keyboard in record time Because Tarifa is the kind of chunky historical with romance I love LOTS of history with a romance that kept me guessing Of course I knew that Tarifa and Bart Kinkaid would eventually get together at the end At least, I figured they would since they re on the cover But if I hadn t sneaked a peek at the last page early on, I d have been in suspense for about 80% of the book Because these two Getting along really wasn t a priority And to have the romance serve the plot rather than being the plot is a nice change of pace from what is typical romance formula.It s been hard for me to even start this review, since I m not sure exactly where to begin What is Tarifa Is it a romance about a gypsy girl from Spain Is it a Driven and successful but emotionally barren woman story, only set in Old California rather than Manhattan glitz Is it a fat historical about the metamorphosis of California from a refined backwater of Spanish gentry into a land of opportunity exploitation by the growing American empire Is it a sprawling family saga with a huge cast of characters with their own subplots Is it an exploration of faith, redemption and sacrifice Well, I d say that it s all those things At 893 pages, there s plenty of room to stuff in all kinds of doings, and Taylor does so And successfully, in my opinion Even with the Christian theme, which suddenly got heavy towards the end of the book and isn t my cup of tea anyway, didn t drag the book below a full 5 stars.The book stars with Tarifa as a 15 year old gypsy infatuated with a toreador who is the George Clooney of his day A visiting Californio, Santiago Alvarjo, sees a diamond in the rough and decides to bring her back to California with him where she can earn money dancing in the cantinas than in the streets of Seville Although he has the noblest of intentions, he uses a bit of underhandedness to get her aboard ship She is brought home to the Alvarjo family who is not pleased at having an uncouth pagan dropped on their doorstep Who will bend It sure as Hell ain t gonna be Tarifa From this moment on, it s clear that Tarifa will always land on her feet like a cat, taking whatever is slung her way and throwing it back in Fate s face It s all too delicious and I want to give things away left and right, but I ll be good and say that she marries well, builds an empire of her own with take no prisoners discipline, and rides out the upheavals in California s political mis fortunes.Tarifa is a ball buster, pure and simple She doesn t take shit from anybody if she can help it, and hates as hotly as she loves Her greatest desire is for her California rancho, Loma de Oro, and her machinations to preserve it against the fickle political whims of Mexico and America consume the majority of the book Not only does she have to watch her back from double crossing government officials, but also vipers within her own family She doles out abuse and scorn to family and enemies alike, and fights to remain true to what she thinks is herself, all the while keeping Loma de Oro intact.The internal struggles Tarifa goes through and the device of Loma de Oro as a substitute for a false idol was where the Christian element came in noticeably, and while it did get quite preachy in parts especially towards the end with the character of Padre Caz n , I honestly didn t get all that irritated with it and that stuff tends to irritate me a lot Though Tarifa eventually comes to terms with God, she does it in her own fashion If she had become a Bible babbling ninny, I d have despised it and an otherwise fantastic book would have been ruined Fortunately, that didn t happen.Is there romance in this book Well.yes, though at times I was seriously wondering if there would ever be anything conventional in the hero heroine relationship Tarifa and Bart Kinkaid have a rather rocky romance, to put it mildly If you like your heroes to be almost masochistic in their devotion to a heroine who doesn t appreciate it to again put it mildly , than you shouldn t be disappointed in Tarifa and Bart s years long struggle for that HEA and their detours with other loves They don t have ups and downs It s a series of nadirs, some involving serious bodily harm, and low lying spikes of grudging acceptance and tolerance Sounds romantic, doesn t it I suppose it s possible to interpret Bart s silent devotion to her as a parallel to a Christian s faith in an angry, unyielding God, but I have no idea if that was Taylor s intent It was simply a stray thought I had Once matters of religion and spirituality get brought into a story, everything feels like it s open to interpretation Bart isn t a doormat, however He is sea captain who has wenched and brawled in every port in the world, but he meets his greatest challenge in a stubborn and brutally honest gypsy girl from Seville Over the course of the story which encompasses some 10 years or , is my best guess , they help and harm each other in ways big and small At times I wanted to punch both Tarifa and Bart for their inability to come to terms, but it didn t turn into full on rage on my part because, unlike the usual romance, there was far to the story than two peoples hormones.There s plenty of history here for the lover of historical fiction I knew nothing about the transfer of California from Spanish to Mexican control, or what the rancho culture of old California was even like Taylor certainly writes with the air of authenticity, her descriptions vibrant and clear, whether it s a sparsely populated early 1840s San Francisco, the main setting of San Diego, or scenes like a brutal culling of a muste o herd on the rancho My animal lover heart broke in a few scenes The plot takes several turns and characters disappear and reappear or disappear entirely when their story has run its course It sometimes seems messy, but the focal point of Tarifa and Loma de Oro is always the endpoint.It s a sprawling emotional epic with complex characters, and I couldn t believe how awesome it was.


  2. says:

    Holy mackerel..this one took forever to get through I should have put it aside for another time as it dragged on on for me Now..I can t even remember most of it and skipped just to get it over with.For this reader..it was painful


  3. says:

    If you thought Scarlett O hara exagerated with her obsession with Tara, wait to read about Tarifa and her Loma de Oro The woman was merciless and cruel, but I loved her She s the kind of heroine you won t forget.It s the first time I wanted groveling in a book..from the heroine


  4. says:

    The first romance book I ever read I could not put it down, and while I don t read many romances, the ones I read these days have a hard time measuring up to my memory of that one.