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Summary

Mexican Gothic meets Rebecca in this debut supernatural suspense novel, set in the aftermath of the Mexican War of Independence, about a remote house, a sinister haunting, and the woman pulled into their clutches...

During the overthrow of the Mexican government, Beatriz’s father was executed and her home destroyed. When handsome Don Rodolfo Solórzano proposes, Beatriz ignores the rumors surrounding his first wife’s sudden demise, choosing instead to seize the security that his estate in the countryside provides. She will have her own home again, no matter the cost.

But Hacienda San Isidro is not the sanctuary she imagined.

When Rodolfo returns to work in the capital, visions and voices invade Beatriz’s sleep. The weight of invisible eyes follows her every move. Rodolfo’s sister, Juana, scoffs at Beatriz’s fears—but why does she refuse to enter the house at night? Why does the cook burn copal incense at the edge of the kitchen and mark the doorway with strange symbols? What really happened to the first Doña Solórzano?

Beatriz only knows two things for certain: Something is wrong with the hacienda. And no one there will save her.

Desperate for help, she clings to the young priest, Padre Andrés, as an ally. No ordinary priest, Andrés will have to rely on his skills as a witch to fight off the malevolent presence haunting the hacienda and protect the woman for whom he feels a powerful, forbidden attraction. But even he might not be enough to battle the darkness. 

Far from a refuge, San Isidro may be Beatriz’s doom.

©2022 Isabel Cañas (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

“Hacienda San Isidro is the house of your worst nightmares.”—The New York Times

“A tale of romance, dread, and supernatural menace."—Harper’s Bazaar 

“[A] gothic tale of doomed love and vengeful spirits."—The Washington Post 

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  • Crystal Sanchez
  • 10-08-22

Could have been so beautiful....

*Spoilers*
I was having fun reading this book at first. It was creepy enough to get me a little spooked. But that quickly faded into a dull super wordy mess. I found myself irritated and just wanting to tell Beatrice to get to the freaking point!

A young woman who lost everything, in her opinion, marries a man whom she thinks will help her get a home for her and her mother. Her mother, upset by her choice, stays behind leaving the young new bride to go meet her new sister in law and the hacienda she will have to call home.

The house feels eerie, the servers act weird, Juana won't sleep in the home and Rodolfo leaves her soon alone. Beatrice doesn't mind at first, busying herself with fixing the gardens. But soon she realizes the home means her harm.

This leads into a priest/witch coming to help. A will they won't they, they don't, and a whole lot of pointless blab. I felt like the author had an assignment and it had to be so many words to be completed. Pass on this one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-08-22

thrilling!

This was a captivating story that did a wonderful job combining history and surreal elements. visually enticing...I felt like I was actually back in 1823!

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  • Sally C.
  • 31-07-22

Don’t waste your time

Old story, different setting. Who ever edited this book….more adjectives than should be allowed!…..was it just to fill a page? If you are a young teenager maybe this book would be of interest.

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  • Santos
  • 18-07-22

On my favorites list

it's horror, it's romance, it's cozy, it's Gothic.
I'm in love with this book (and with padre Andres)

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  • Britt
  • 15-07-22

Brilliantly crafted

The Hacienda is chilling, and much to my shock oddly romantic.
Thé duel narration was preformed well, and if I had to guess, made up for the fact that the writing style is not my preference. But that is neither here nor there.
The story is great. I expected it to be darker, but I am not sorry to have read it. I look forward to more from the author.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-07-22

loved it!

Absolutely loved the story. Narrators were excellent. definitely will listen again after a period of time :)

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  • Jasmine
  • 08-07-22

Just what I needed!

The right combo of horror + suspense + supernatural. Both performances were great and I thoroughly enjoyed the audio experience!!

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  • Aqualius
  • 03-07-22

A Haunting within a Historical setting draped elements of mystery, murder and romantic longing.

Isabel Canas debut as a novelist gives us a story that is well crafted with characters forged from historical events and a plot that is deeply rooted in Mexican folklore. This book is a thrilling ride for all audiences and an absolute gem for those with Mexican heritage. thank you Isabel Canas my wife and I couldn’t put it down!

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  • Kay Gerfers
  • 21-06-22

Only one disappointing thing

This was a very good story well performed by both narrators. However I was disappointed in the decision to narrate in English without a Spanish accent. The Spanish words that were spoken were impeccably pronounced and led interest and authenticity to the performance. But then to surround them with English pronounced without an accent was jarring and marred the experience of a story about Spanish speaking people set in their own country.

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  • Joey
  • 02-06-22

It felt forced

It’s hard to find gothic novels in a similar setting, but the gothic elements felt forced at times. The diction and imagery were repetitive. The plot predictable. The narration was soothing and enjoyable.