Broken Paradise

Cuba, 1956: Cousins Nora and Alicia are accustomed to living among Havana's privileged class – but their lavish dinners, days at the beach, and extravagant dances come to an end after Castro's rise to power. Food becomes scarce, religion is forbidden, and disease runs rampant. Although Alicia stays behind while Nora emigrates to the United States, both of their identities are challenged as they try to adapt to the changes forced upon them. As the situation in Cuba deteriorates, Alicia is beset by bad fortune, while Nora – whose heart is still in Cuba – painfully assimilates into middle-class U.S. culture. Letters between the cousins track their lives until Alicia's situation becomes so difficult that Nora is forced to return and help. But what she finds in Cuba is like nothing she ever imagined.

 

Told with wrenching insight into the tender balance between the hope and grief that shapes the immigrant heart, Broken Paradise is an extraordinarily powerful novel about passion, love, and the heart's yearning for home.

USA

Atria

United Kingdom

Black Swan

Spain

Editions Artime

USA

Atria

France

Editions Archipel

Spain

Kindle Edition

Bulgaria

Hermes Publishers

Italy

Bompiani

Germany

Blanvalet

Norway

Juritzen Forlag

France

Editions Archipel

Turkey

Koridor Publishing

Portugal

Vogais

Finland

Bazar Forlag

United Kingdom

Black Swan

Tarnished Beauty

Jamilet is a beautiful young woman marred by a shockingly gruesome birthmark. It spills over her back and down her legs, twisting and writhing like a hideous cape of blood and causing her to be shunned by the villagers of her rural Mexican town. This abel with the the devil's mark is finally driven to escape north and cross the border illegally to Los Angeles, where she hopes to find medical salvation. After acquiring false documents, Jamilet finds work at a mental hospital where she is assigned to look after Señor Peregrino, an elderly man from Spain who is as disagreeable as he is mysterious. Jamilet is given strict orders to keep her distance, but when he levelly snags possession of her papers, he bargains to return them upon the condition that she listen to his story. Jamilet begrudgingly agrees, and Señor Peregrino takes her back to the days of his youth when he embarked upon a mystical and romantic journey along the legendary Road to Santiago in Spain. Jamilet and Señor Peregrino forge a spiritual bond that is more healing to them both than modern medicine could ever be. In an inspiring story of redemption, faith and the eduring power of love, Samartin offers an enlightening perspective on the true meaning of beauty.

Norway

Juritzen Forlag

Sweden

Bazar Forlag

Sweden

Bazar Forlag

Iceland

Forlagid

Finland

Bazar Forlag

La Peregrina

The second book in the Peregrino Trilogy follows the lives of Jamilet and Rosa. Their soulful journeys challenge them to confront their worst fears, but in the end they discover that great wonders abound for those who are willing to stay true to themselves and what they believe in. Set alternatively within mystical Spain and the colourful Hispanic neighborhoods of Los Angeles, La Peregrina, is a novel about love's power to transform nature’s curse into a miracle of profound healing.

France

Editions Archipel

Denmark

Bazar Forlag

Sweden

Bazar Forlag

Norway

Juritzen Forlag

Norway

Juritzen Forlag

Finland

Bazar Forlag

Los Peregrinos

The final book of the Peregrino Trilogy takes the reader back to the middle ages when much of Spain was ruled by the Moors. Like Jamilet and Rosa, Flor yearns for a life beyond the ordinary existance she has always known. When her village is raided by Moorish soldiers, she’s taken as a slave to the Kingdom of Al Andalus. She finds herself at the heart of a legend she cannot escape and the genesis of the mysterious mark she and her descendents will bear for generations to come is revealed.

Finland

Bazar Forlag

Denmark

Bazar Denmark

Norway

Juritzen Forlag

Norway

Juritzen Forlag

Sweden

Bazar Forlag

Denmark

Bazar Forlag

Indonesia

On-Read Publishers

Doña Maria

 

Norway

Juritzen Forlag

Denmark

Bazar Denmark