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Woven throughout the threads of a family heirloom is the story of Petra's family.

In 1874, Petra's family struggled to scrape out a living sharecropping in Guadalupe County, Texas. When a much older neighbor proposed marriage, Petra accepted knowing that would ease the financial burden on her parents, if only a little. As her family grew, so did Petra's affection for her hu
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Paperback, 188 pages
Published November 23rd 2015 by Phrey Press
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Cristel Orrand
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Blue Rebozo heirloom of Petra’s family is a symbol of love and responsibility; the owner is tasked with keeping the family’s stories alive. Like most families, Petra’s has known great joy, but also misfortune, and perhaps more than their share of grief, but their spirit remains undaunted. They find the beautiful in the bleak.

Humphrey captures the essence of oral story telling here on the written page. You can easily imagine the grandmothers telling stories, and the aunts and kids and cousins
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Julia
Nov 29, 2015 rated it liked it
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A novella about family, love and loss. The first 100 pages are fine but then it seems like the author couldn't wait to get it finished and it was all a bit rushed.

I appreciate that in the late 19th century people did have a lot of children but that resulted in a lot of characters that weren't fleshed out or were only mentioned in passing.

The female characters popped out children like shelling peas and then there's characters dropping like flies.

I recieved this book as part of the goodreads givea
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Katie
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a neat fleshing out of a genealogy line! I was drawn right in by the characters and the descriptions. Sweet stories, and really gives perspective to the way each generation intertwines. This makes me want to find out more about my own family's stories!
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Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Blue Reboso - Another heartwarming, interesting story using an ancestor from the author's own family as the main character. There are two actually, the Reboso plays a important part in the story. Well written and interesting in the telling of time history and the perils and struggles faced by people then. The characters are developed enough to be interesting and you root for them. The storyline is well developed and I feel I'm there with the family as the story unfolds. A job well done with ...more
Cynthia Hilston
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a fictionalized creation based on facts the author had of her ancestors. The story reads smoothly and is easy to follow. I can appreciate Ms. Humphrey's love for genealogy, as I share this passion. When I wrote my book based off of my late grandma's life, it was done in a similar fashion, although I changed names.

This is a story with heart. I would have liked to have seen more details fleshed out, as Pedra, the main character, goes through a lot: falling in love and losing loved ones. Ov
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Jessica Rickert
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
A story of a Mexican family's history throughout the years. It is a story of love, loss, hardship, and blessings all tied in with one blue rebozo. Very touching and heartwarming.


I won this book for free on the Good reads giveaways.
Anne Martin
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
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It is a sweet story about family and with a little effort, it could have been turned into a charming one. Alas, instead of creating characters to remember, with their forces and faults, we meet flat people. They are all good, courageous, hard-working, but who are they? You read about the birth of a baby, and ten pages later, she is getting married, to a good, hard-working, courageous man...
In the XIXth century in the US, did people still have ten kids? In Europe, the numbers dropped drastically
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Pamela Humphrey was inspired to write after researching her genealogy. Intending to create a booklet for her mom and immediate family, she set about gathering stories and pictures of the Ramirez family. She ended up writing her first book, Researching Ramirez: On the Trail of the Jesus Ramirez Family, a family history of her great great grandfather’s family. During that research, she found a chris ...more

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