Ana María and the Fox
Liana De la Rosa
The Luna Sisters - Book 1
Release Date: April 4, 2023
Reviewed by PJ
I was young (14) when I was first introduced to Mexico City. As an exchange student I lived with a Mexican family, was immersed into their daily lives and welcomed into their family with open arms. I developed a deep appreciation and respect for Mexico's rich culture, complex history, and wonderful people. Even though this book is set in England, critical parts of Mexico's history, as well as the rich cultural heritage of her people are brought to life. I could not be more delighted.
I loved the Luna sisters. What a breath of fresh air they are in the vast landscape of historical romance. I enjoyed the evolving relationship among them once they were removed from the power-hungry father who had pitted them against one another their entire lives. It was fun to watch each young woman begin to grow, out from under his control, while also begin to forge a new dynamic among the three of them. There are layers to these characters that I enjoyed exploring in this book and will continue to enjoy as the series unfolds.
While they are beautiful, wealthy, and educated, the sisters are also foreign women of color. They are "different." I'm glad that De la Rosa did not shy away from this aspect of their journey within London society, showing the fascination on the part of London's society but also the bias and disdain. I especially appreciate how she allows Ana María to find her place there without compromising her cultural identity.
The romance between Gideon and Ana María is a slow, simmering, push and pull burn that reeled me in and kept me hooked. I loved these two together. They have similar values, respect one another, and would make an ideal match. There are, however, significant obstacles to overcome, not least of which are the impact a foreign wife would have on Gideon's political career (in particular, his need for political allies in his quest to pass an anti-slavery law), the fiancé in Mexico, chosen for Ana María by her father, and Ana María's deep love for her homeland. I appreciated the fact that the author gave them no easy answers. Watching them work together to find their happiness made it all the more satisfying.
This one has my enthusiastic recommendation. I'm already invested in the other two Luna sisters, their potential heroes, and looking forward to new adventures in their books.
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