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"A young woman learns a secret about her past while Columbus plots to explore the world in this historical novel set during the Spanish Inquisition. Isabella, a young noblewoman in Castile, is soon to marry her love when she is kidnapped and thrust into the world of persecuted Jews. She learns that her parents weren’t really the Catholic nobles who raised her. Her captors hide her in the harem of a Moorish king. Meanwhile, a young rebel called Miguel Costa fights for religious freedom, and Christopher Columbus plots to convince Queen Isabella, who is focused on ridding her domain of Moors, to support his worldly explorations. Gafni’s understanding of the time period seems paramount, and her plot is solid. Isabella’s movement between different cultures allows readers to explore what it was like to be a Catholic, Jew or Moor during one of history’s darkest periods." ~Kirkus Indie Reviews
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Lilian Gafni’s Flower from Castile Trilogy begins as the Conversos—converted Jews—in Spain face torture and expulsion at the hands of the Spanish Inquisition. King and Queen struggle to keep the coffers filled while financing religious war. Meanwhile Moorish leaders hold onto Alhambra and their small remaining territories. Politicians bargain for hope and a future, noblemen rush to war, and a young woman whose past might not be as simple as she thought finds her world falling apart.   …
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