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The Heiress of Water: A Novel

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When young Monica Winters Borrero loses her luminous mother in an accident at sea, she is exiled from the tropical paradise that was her home. Grieving and cut off from a life among El Salvador's elite, Monica and her American father move to Connecticut, vowing never to look back.

Years later, an intriguing stranger, who has endured a terrible loss of his own, enters Monica
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 5th 2006 by Harper Perennial (first published September 1st 2006)
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Oct 09, 2008 Merredith rated it liked it
The Heiress of Water by Sandra Rodriguez Barron is a book i blindly picked up from the bargain bin when i needed something to read and was out of rented books. for that, it was pretty good. Partly set in El Salvador, and partly in Connecticut, it's a very latin american styled book, like Isabelle Allende, who is even quoted on the front. Lots of that magical realism sort of thing, but a little toned down from some authors. The book is about the sea, and 2 generations trying to find medicine from ...more
Jul 11, 2009 Karen rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It's the first book in a while the kept me up late, late, late because I just wanted to see how it would end.

The basic plot centers on a woman who grew up in an extremely rich family in El Salvadore who fled with her American father to the States after her mother is killed during the Salvadoran revolution (uprising?). She becomes a physical therapist and through work beccomes involved with the mother and husband of a comatose woman. There's this whole part of the plo
Dahlma Llanos
I LOVED this novel. I love the mystical/magical aspects of it. I loved the descriptive language that takes me to a whole different world. I felt the characters were complex and engaging. I especially loved the water imagery throughout and the family mystery surrounding the characters. I found the Yvette chapters really interesting as I had never encountered a character who is in a comma through the entire book. Her point of view was really intriguing. However, I too felt the ending was wanting. ...more
Jun 10, 2014 Amanda rated it it was ok
OK, I really, really wanted to like this book. But I found it enragingly implausible and boring. I felt no connection whatsoever to the characters. It was predictable. It was trite. It was a waste of my time and money.
Maria K.
Feb 08, 2009 Maria K. rated it really liked it
There are LOTS of thought provoking ideas and contrasting ideas brought up/discussed - definitely a good book club read. Contrasts like christianity/catholicism versus nature, wealth vs. poverty, traditional medicine vs. experimentation. Love is a big part of the book and the different aspects of love we all find within our lives and in our hearts. I really did like this book. I especially loved the imagery of the sea. I started out thinking negatively of this book - was worried it would be anot ...more
Jen Scott
Jul 22, 2015 Jen Scott rated it really liked it
Lots of surprises
Jan 03, 2013 Kari rated it it was ok
The ending of this book doesn't answer the question "what happened?" Too much plot pressure was built up that was never released. The story line had great potential, but the book needed another 25 pages.

I felt all the characters were the same: they all had the same kind and level of wit, and seemed to operate under the same motivations.

An enjoyable read, but didn't really deliver.
Jan 09, 2009 Bridget rated it it was ok
We read this for book club, and our "discussion" was only 10 minutes long. The book was a bit trite, and we didn't feel connected to any of the characters. I was interested enough to continue reading it, chapter after chapter, but it didn't draw conflicting viewpoints from it's readers as I think it intended to.
May 08, 2009 Ashley rated it it was ok
This book had an interesting plot. It was different from anything else I have read in that regard. However, for me it was a little slow. Lots of dialogue that seemed a little forced and fake. I finished the book because I wanted to see how the story ended, not because I loved the style of writing.
Aug 11, 2010 Jennifer rated it liked it
Someone my dad knows wrote this book so I gave it a shot. It was actually pretty interesting. A little formulaic but the plot caught my attention and kept me interested. A good beach book.
Jun 21, 2013 Adrianna rated it really liked it
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I think for me it started off a little slow, but picked up, and I couldn't put it down!! It had this magical feel to it. Definitely a page turner and a good summer read.
Feb 05, 2011 Jan rated it it was amazing
Like STAY WITH ME, the second book by Sandra, THE HEIRESS is outstanding. Sandra is one of my new favorites. You must read this book.....I couldn't put it down.
Apr 12, 2009 Corinne rated it really liked it
This book isn't life changing and it was sappy in parts but it was a page turner and I finished it pretty quickly. The plot revolves around venomous snails.
Aug 15, 2012 Janet added it
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look for the alternate ending on the author's website. it is her original vision of how the story would end, before she was talked into the editor's version.
Sep 11, 2014 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a fantastic read! I wasn't able to predict what was going to happen and that is a good thing.
Oct 31, 2007 Elisa rated it really liked it
beautifully written. smart. lyrical.

read this book now.
Jun 14, 2008 Sherrie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
You shouldn't miss this one- a really nice summer read
Candace Petersen Martineau
Jan 27, 2013 Candace Petersen Martineau rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this well-written tale.
Aug 29, 2012 Lauren rated it it was ok
Decent writing, but a very predictable plot.
Jan 28, 2008 Trisha rated it it was amazing
An interesting Mystery. It kept me on my toes.
Maria Maniaci
Jul 16, 2007 Maria Maniaci marked it as to-read
2007 Int. Lat. Book Awards--first fiction
Mar 22, 2012 Elle rated it really liked it
This Novel is perfect for a Movie.
Mar 02, 2013 jennifer rated it liked it
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Mar 26, 2013 Jean-Marie rated it really liked it
... a page turner.
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Sandra Rodriguez Barron was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico and has lived in the Dominican Republic and El Salvador. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Florida International University. She is the recipient of a Bread Loaf Fellowship, a National Association for Latino Arts and Culture artist grant, and a Greater Hartford Arts Council Solo Writers Fellowship. She lives in Connecti ...more
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