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1895: A Novel of Love and War

The Century Saga

Publisher: Jorge Casariego (self-published)
Book type: Novel
Age: Adult
Genre: Historical Fiction
Sub Genre: Action · Historical Fiction · Military · Romance
Language: English
Key Phrases: artful storytelling · character-driven · compelling · descriptive language · human drama · intimate · period piece · poignant · reflective · rich historical setting · sensitive
“This well written book combines factual history with an interesting parallel side story that blends nicely to offer a very satisfying perspective (and new knowledge) of the Cuban revolution.”
– Gus, Amazon Buyer
Exhaustively researched and beautifully written this novel will take you to a time forgotten by history.

1895 Story of Love and War is a historical romantic novel set in the late 1890’s during Cuba’s third and final war of independence against Spain that led to the Spanish American War. It is full of real personages and fictional heroes based on real people.

In 1895, in the troubled island of Cuba, Spain’s richest and most prized colony, war is about to break out. Cuban patriots have called for an all-out insurrection to end Spain’s four centuries of rule. On a farm in the central province of Las Villas, María Teresa Velázquez approaches her nineteenth birthday celebration yearning for a new life. Her life changes dramatically when the war begins, as she and her family are herded by orders of the ruthless Spanish Captain General, Valeriano Weyler, into filthy military concentration camps where thousands will die. After a violent confrontation with a lecherous Spanish officer in the camp who tries to rape her, Maria Teresa runs and becomes a fugitive. She finds sanctuary in the home of a patriot family where, unsuspecting, lurks an even greater danger that will threaten the very core of her existence. In Havana, Francisco ‘Paco’ Borrell, the eldest son of an old established Havana family, struggles to find a career path in the uncertainty of the looming war. At first, he hesitates to join the insurrection. However, the top agent of the Havana rebel underground, aware of his patriotic sympathies, persuades him to deliver a secret message to the underground agent in Cienfuegos. The critical mission could either get him garroted for treason or, if successful, could change the course of the war. The fast-moving story will bring María Teresa and Paco together as they forge a powerful bond that will sustain them through the war and beyond.

Exhaustively researched and beautifully written this novel will take you to a time forgotten by history. The story will bring alive fascinating historical characters like Theodore Roosevelt, the Rough Riders, Stephen Crane, and Cuba’s national heroes, Jose Marti, Antonio Maceo and Juan Bruno Zayas. It will cast a new light on a Cuban-born writer at a fundamental time in Cuban-American relations.

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