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The New World

(Flower from Castile Trilogy #2)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  14 ratings  ·  7 reviews
The year 1493 ushers in a New World, and Columbus is on a voyage with the Santa Maria, the Pinta, and the Niña to reach the Indies by sailing west. João Treves, one of his sailors, blackmails Columbus—threatening to reveal a secret that could ruin him—compelling Columbus to stow away Conversos on his next voyage. When the journey stretches longer than their food stores, th ...more
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published April 18th 2013 by Lifeline Publishing Books
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Brett Jonas
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
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A great second book in a historical fiction series that I am enjoying so far. Isabella and Miguel are compelling main characters, and the struggles that they go through seem very real. I also enjoyed the scenes with Columbus.

My favorite part, which I can't say because of spoilers (muahaha), was awesome, and I can't believe how it ended! I'm definitely going to have to get the third one, because not knowing if everything's okay is not good for my sanity. LOL
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating. Those with a thirst for sailing upon caravels or with a genuine interest in 15th century navigation, exploration and what life might have been like sailing with Columbus, will enjoy this book.

Lilian Gafni has done a formidable job at dramatizing Christopher Columbus's journey to the New World and with depicting his crew's diverse cultural encounters with Indians and Caribs. Highlighted are the crew's relentless search for gold, the ruthless betrayal by Martín Alonso Pinzón, the hist
May 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 2: The New World

By Lilian Gafni

History made alive.

5 stars

As the second book in this series, it is not necessary to read Book 1, The Alhambra Decree, although the reader would be missing much history. This book commences with a boat load of Jews who have been thrown out of Spain by Queen Isabella, and they are seeking a country where they can live safely and remain Jews. Among them are the married couple of Miguel and Isabella who are sharing a small spot in the hold
K.P. Kollenborn
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The sequel does a fine job of balancing the plot for both the first time readers, (where readers are engaged and will not be at loss,) and also for the followers of the first book, (where readers are engaged with the progression of the story.) As I had mentioned in my first review, I had observed how there is a connection to the Holy Trinity with the first three Isabella’s. I see another connection of threes- the three stories that focus on Isabella and her husband, the infamous Columbus, and Qu ...more
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book II begins with Isabella and Miguel setting sail for Morocco and Columbus preparing to sail to the new world. The story background is competition, at the macro level between Spain and Portugal for new world plunder and between Christopher Columbus and Martin Pizon, the captain of the Pinta to be first to find the Indies and discover gold. After escaping the Spanish inquisition, Isabella now encounters sailing hazards, pirates and slave traders on her journey before return to Sintra to learn ...more
Keriann McKenna
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
History has never been so exciting. The author marries historical events and fictional characters to create a page-turner. I awaited the release of this book with high expectations after reading the first of this trilogy, The Alhambra Decree, and I was not disappointed. I enjoyed every page of this novel; I like the short chapters and could easily keep up with what was going on in the new world with Columbus and his crew and in the old world with the spirited Isabella. I am looking forward to th ...more
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Follows the Spanish Jews outside of Spain and Columbus in the new world.
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Lilian Gafni worked for the Commission on Soviet Jewry, and during the 1970s corresponded with prisoners of conscience at the height of visa denials for Soviet Jews. From that experience she has written a fascinating fictional account of Klara, a Soviet Jew who is not only denied a visa, but is sentenced to a slave labor camp in Siberia for four years. She must face backbreaking labor, grueling li ...more

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