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Pampas is a romance, but it is also filled with intrigue. Set in Argentina, a gaucho who is hiding a dreadful secret finds work on an estancia that is owned by one of the wealthiest, kindest, and most ethical ranchers in all of the Pampas. When this rancher dies suddenly, our gaucho is thrust into a social life that makes it likely the past he has worked so hard to conceal will be revealed. He also finds himself in the company of a socialite with a yen for digging up secrets and a few skeletons (not to be confused with the bones she digs) in her own closet.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Nov 29, 2006
Publisher Star Publish
ISBN 1932993630 ISBN13 9781932993639
Janet Elaine Smith has a quote on her website that not only tells a very large truth it makes a statement that is as true of Pampas as if it was written expressly for it. The quote "A great book is like a great mind; it keeps on giving over and over and over again! "
I do not know the author of that quote; but what I do know is whoever it was would be willing to lend it to a review of her book. Pampas will keep giving over and over again ;as you will want to reread it again and again.
Pampas takes place in Argentina. What You've never been there? You won't need to travel as Smith takes you on a tour throughout the pages of this engaging book. You'll become a gaucho. You'll know what living in an Estancia is like. But more than that you will become one with the characters, Dona Helena and Raul Escobar as you uncover their secrets. Pampas is a mystery, it's an adventure, it's a peak at the lives of characters wh! o live and breathe as surely as if they are real.
Smith pulls you into her story and holds you tenderly throughout as you laugh, cry and root for her characters. I would highly recommend Pampas to anyone who appreciates a good story, a good mystery, a good laugh or a good cry. It's all there in Pampas. If I were giving Cups of coffee as Senor Mendoza would want - Smith would rate a 10 cupper with this delightful novel. I highly recommend it as an unputdownable read!
This Summer's Reading Romp Jul 29, 2005
Reviewed by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of award-winning books This is the Place, Harkening and The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't
Pampas is a romance but it is also filled with intrigue. Set in Argentina, a gaucho who is hiding a dreadful secret finds work on an estancia owned by one of the wealthiest, kindest and most ethical ranchers in all of the pampas. When this rancher dies suddenly our gaucho is thrust into a social life that makes it likely the past he has worked so hard to conceal will be revealed. He also finds himself in the company of a socialite with a yen for digging up secrets and a few skeletons (not to be confused with the bones she digs) in her own closet. What I enjoyed most about Pampas is how the setting familiarizes its readers with a world different from our own. We experience life in a hacienda, a stampede of capybaras (huge South American rodents), and more. There is enough adventure in it to satisfy any reader but it also explores ethical and religious issues--and it does all of that with humor.
Now, about that ending. It is against a reviewer's principals to ruin the denouement for her readers but this one is a mini-farce all of its own. Disparate people show up in the same place. There are mistaken identities and quirky characters. I can picture Hollywood picking up these last few chapters as a basis for next summer's wedding comedy (at least one seems to be required in each summer season). Perhaps it will star Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Lopez. You'll recognize it. Vince will be wearing a distinctive gaucho garb that Smith so ably describes in Pampas. ----------------
Carolyn Howard-Johnson is the author of the award-winning books This is the Place and Harkening. Leora Krygier, author of the acclaimed When She Sleeps, says "these books paint us a picture of Utah, love, family and intolerance in beautiful strokes." The reviewer is also the author of THE FRUGAL BOOK PROMOTER: HOW TO DO WHAT YOUR PUBLISHER WON'T, USA Book News' pick for "Best Professional Book 2004, and a soon-to-be released book of poetry called Tracings from finishinglinepress.
Good read. Jun 7, 2005
Raul Escobar is employed by Señor Pancho Mendoza only five years before the man died. During that time, Señor Mendoza became the father he never knew. Señor Mendoza instinctively knew that Raul did not want to discuss his past and never asked about it. Raul loved his employer dearly. When Señor Mendoza died, he left the hacienda to his housekeeper, Doña Helena. Most everything else was left to Raul, now Señor Raul Escobar. Of course this made some people furious, such as Ambassador Jeremy Whitcomb. He believed that he should have been included in Señor Mendoza's will.
Raul and Helena meet Samantha Manchester less than a week later. She is the wealthy daughter of the Manchester International Corporation owner Reginald Manchester. She is also an archeologist. What she wants most is to dig on Raul's land and is furious when he refuses her. But Helena invites Samantha to stay a few days with her in the hacienda. By doing so, Samantha and Raul will have a chance to sincerely talk. Samantha can explain WHY she wishes to dig on his land, as well as inform him of what Ambassador Whitcomb is up to.
Love slowly blooms between Raul and Samantha. However, Raul fears that his hidden past could sneak up to destroy everything.
As for Ambassador Whitcomb, Samantha and Cassie would need to teach him to be more generous and less selfish.
**** A beautiful romance story set in the heartland of Argentina. In this lovely tale, readers get two romances in one. The author has hidden a few surprises, strategically placed, to keep the story rolling along smoothly and the romance exciting. ****
Clashing cultures put to good, plot-driving use Apr 10, 2005
In the colorful land of Argentina, a handsome gaucho (cowboy) comes to the door of a hacienda in search of work. During the next five years he becomes like a son to the owner of the vast estancia (ranch), an aging bachelor. Raul wants nothing more from his employer than friendship, so he's astonished when - in the wake of Senor Mendoza's sudden death - he finds himself owning most of the estancia. Mendoza's long-time housekeeper, Dona Helena, is equally amazed to find herself owning the hacienda she's spent her whole adult life tending.
What in Raul's past terrifies him when, since the passing of a great landholder's property into unexpected hands is news indeed, the press shows up to cover the story? And who, really, is the beautiful and wealthy young woman who arrives at the estancia on the arm of the U.S. ambassador and wants to start an archaeological dig?
Contemporary romance in an intriguing setting. Faith woven into the story naturally. Clashing cultures put to good, plot-driving use. Janet Elaine Smith's latest book reads easily, with twists and turns that kept me turning its pages until I'd finished it in a single evening.