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A Safe Haven

(Flower from Castile Trilogy #3)

4.67  ·  Rating details ·  9 ratings  ·  5 reviews
The years are 1494-1496. The third book concludes the exciting trilogy of Flower from Castile where Isabella continues her search for Miguel, despite the truth that he has met his death on the pirate ship. Columbus’s promise to find gold in large quantities for the Spanish crown has become elusive, sifting as sand through his fingers. The refugees from Castile’s 1492-force ...more
Paperback, 434 pages
Published May 20th 2014 by Lifeline Publishing Books (first published May 19th 2014)
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Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A moving account of hope and endurance against all odds, A Safe Haven concludes Lilian Gafni's exceptional 15th century trilogy. This third book is both suspenseful and eye-opening in its tragic historical setting.

Much of the story unravels aboard ships, from the Western Coast of Africa to the Caribbeans, with Gafni's thorough research painting a vivid, immersive world from Portugal, Spain, Tunisia, the Gold Coast, Senegal and further into the islands and jungles of the Americas.

This fast-pace
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Finalizing the trips of Columbus and the lives of Isabella and her family

As the third book in this series, it is not necessary to read Books 1 and 2, although the reader would be missing much history, drama, heartache and adventure. Those books reveal how the Jews of 1492 spent most of their lives settling down and then being harassed by the Catholic Church, especially in Spain under Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand, and the trials and tribulations Columbus passed through as he attempted to fin
In Book III Isabella continues the search for Miguel by sailing into pirate infested waters off the coast of West Africa. The author continues to work 3 plots lines in parallel. Isabella searching for her husband, the trials of Miguel aka White Ali as he passes through the slave trade and pirate encounters and the second voyage of Columbus into the New World. Columbus certainly had his hands full with a soldier mutiny, hurricane and hostile Indian while trying to find the elusive gold that would ...more
Keriann McKenna
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was delighted with the third book in this trilogy. Lilian Gafni is an exceptional author and this trilogy is exceptional as well. As the first two books were, this too is a page-turner and I found it difficult to put down.

I loved the determination of Isabella, her dedication to finding her husband when everyone else was convinced he was dead, her struggle to consider another man in her life as her son needed a father. I admired her perseverance--she is a woman who just doesn't give up.

I got an
Oct 29, 2015 rated it liked it
This book could use a lot of editing. It's the last book of a series about the expulsion of the Jews from Spain and Portugal during the inquisition. But this book has tedious descriptions of the islands visited by Columbus, pirates, slaves and slave trade. It would have been more interesting if it hadn't been in such redundant detail.
The story of Isabella and her family is charming.
And then there is the appearance of Alonso de Ojeda, who "discovered" Curacao. He was in charge of looking for gol
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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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