Item description for The Winds of Sonoma (Regalo Grande Series #1) by Nikki Arana...
Overview This decision could change her life forever. But how can Angelica choose between her career and her heart?
As the rising star of a prominent law firm and the only daughter of a wealthy horse-ranching family, Angelica Amante has everything money could buy. Things can only get better for her. Or so she thought. When she's offered a promotion, Angelica is suddenly confronted with a life-changing decision. Should she continue to work for a company that profits by taking advantage of the poor, or take a stand against injustice and put her career in jeopardy?
Then Angelica meets Antonio, a handsome and determined worker on her father's ranch. As she gets to know him, Angelica discovers that Antonio has left his poverty-stricken home in Guadalajara, Mexico, and illegally crossed the U.S. border to find work. Immediately Angelica's compassion is reawakened. Soon coinciding circumstances and conflicting lifestyles cause their worlds to collide, and Angelica and Antonio find themselves at a crossroad of faith, love, and selfless commitment that will forever alter both their lives.
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Studio: Fleming H. Revell
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 1.1" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Oct 31, 2005
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN 0800730488 ISBN13 9780800730482
Availability 0 units.
More About Nikki Arana
Author and speaker Nikki Arana has received numerous awards for her writing, including the American Christian Fiction Writers' Book of the Year award and Christianbook.com Top 20 Novel of the Year for "The Winds of Sonoma." Through her ministry, A Voice for the Persecuted, she inspires hearts toward evangelizing the Muslim community.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Winds of Sonoma (Regalo Grande Series #1)?
The Winds of Sonoma Mar 8, 2007
This was an excellecent book. I would recommend this book to anyone. I loved it!
Culture Clash Jan 2, 2007
Angelica is a up and coming attorney working for a big firm in New York City. When she is fired and cannot find a new job due to her refusal to compromise her beliefs she heads home to California. While at home she faces the situation of illegal Mexican immigrants in the area. Her family ranch has hired a new immigrant worker, Antonio. Angelica decides to take him under her wing and try to help him out in every way she can. She also wants to try to get a job as a public defender because she wants give help to those who really are in need of it. As Angelica works with Antonio, she discovers that there may be more than just a charitable feeling shared between the two of them. The two have an uphill climb as they try to figure out their relationship.
I liked this book. It was easy to read and one could relate to the timeliness of the story. Illegal immigration is a hot topic in our country. Many politicians are debating constantly about how the nation should treat the situation. There are lots of people who are prejudiced against Mexican immigrants such as the foreman of the ranch or the people in the church who thought they were "helping" but really weren't. Angelica is a compassionate character who wants to help out Antonio. She also makes the difficult choice of choosing a harder life instead of one that would be easily handed to her. I admire people who can do that. I could also relate to Angelica's issue with not wanting to tell her parents what really happened to her in New York. It's hard to have to tell your parents that you've let them down after they think you've done so well. My parents were immigrants so the story is familiar about being alone and uncertain in a new country. They too were grateful for the people who took the time out to help them get settled in their new life. I'm looking forward to picking up the next two books in the series.
The Winds of Sonoma, by Nikki Arana Oct 14, 2006
Angelica Amante has everything a young woman could possibly hope for. She's an up-and-coming lawyer working for a high-profile law office in New York, and she's just been offered the opportunity of a life-time: someone above her passes on, and she's given the chance to accept his caseload and move up in the firm much quicker than is the norm.
All she has to do is buckle down, step up to the plate - and swallow her disgust as she helps companies take advantage of poor, illiterate illegal immigrants who have no rights, no protections, and very little to call hope. Moral objections thought long gone rear their heads, and when Angelica raises her qualms about accepting the cases to her boss, she's suddenly faced with a horrifying and utterly unexpected ultimatum: accept the cases and do her job, or be out of a job - never to work in a New York law firm ever again, black listed for life.
Angelica takes the moral stand and returns home to her parent's ranch, Regalo Grande, without a job, her professional career and resume in tatters, but full of hope: she takes her misfortune as a sign from God to chart a new path, and become a public defender for the same immigrants who want nothing more than to make a living and support their families. However, Angelica is beset with problems as soon as she returns home; her parents are horrified at her decision, considering it to be a wasted opportunity. Her father is in financial deep waters because of medical drug approval that's stalled, her mother is wasting away from an unknown disease, and she's surrounded by rich, comfortable people with very little interest in championing the cause of the poor.
She's awarded her chance to prove herself and test her desire to become a public defender with their new ranch hand, a quiet, hardworking and intriguing young Mexican man named Antonio - who's illegally crossed the U.S. border to find work to support his family back home. However, it's not long before Angelica realizes that something else is brewing between them, and she faces her parents and friends's longstanding prejudices, the underhanded scheming of the chief ranch hand Chick, and her own doubts standing in the way of what she and Antonio might possibly be together.
The Winds of Sonoma, by Nikki Arana, is the best that "chick lit" has to offer: emotional, touching, showing all the power and tenderness that a woman inspired has to offer. However, it also proves a maxim that I've often held to be true: genre means nothing when it's a well written, well told tale, and this is true with Sonoma. The pacing is excellent in this novel; it's upbeat and fast when it needs to be, introspective and brooding without dragging its feet, and you are truly, honestly ticked when Angelica's parent's don't support her. That emotional reaction comes from a writer who knows people, and writes well about them.
This novel is the first in a series, and it stands alone well, while leaving a good leading for the next novel. I heartily recommend this book and its follow-ups; check back in a few months for a review of its sequel, In The Shade of the Jacaranda.
5 out of 5 stars
Power and deceit vs. poverty and integrity Oct 3, 2006
When attorney Angelica refuses to accept the assignment of her big New York City firm, she is fired. Not only fired, but blackballed in the entire area. Dejected and yet feeling so right about her decision, she moves back to her California home. Her wealthy parents are mortified that she would trade such an important job for the simplistic and ridiculous job of public defender for illegals and the poor. Antonio, an illiterate Mexican young man, comes to work at their horse ranch just as she arrives home, and she decides to make a difference in his life.
This opening book lays the foundation for a very possible, though highly unlikely love story of the decade. Readers will hate the crooked ranch foreman, love Poppy, and wonder just what makes the Amantes tick.
There is so much intrigue, so much feeling, so much love and hate in this story, I am recommending this series of 3 to all my Christian fiction reader friends.
Finally, romance without the smut and WITH God's Love May 30, 2006
I truly couldn't put the book down. Nikki Arana used her love for God to create a magical love story. I used to read romance novels but I got sick of all the lust, sex and smut. The Winds of Sonoma is a romance novel that reveals the love of God, faith and believing and a true love that exists between man and woman.