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A well-known veteran of the romance writing field, Carla Kelly is the author of twenty-six novels and three non-fiction works, as well as numerous short stories and articles for various publications. She is the recipient of two RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America for Best Regency of the Year; two Spur Awards from Western Writers of America; a Whitney Award for Best Romance Fiction, 2011; and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Romantic Times. Carla’s interest in historical fiction is a byproduct of her lifelong interest in history. She has a BA in Latin American History from Brigham Young University and an MA in Indian Wars History from University of Louisiana-Monroe. She’s held a variety of jobs, including public relations work for major hospitals and hospices, feature writer and columnist for a North Dakota daily newspaper, and ranger in the National Park Service (her favorite job) at Fort Laramie National Historic Site and Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site. She has worked for the North Dakota Historical Society as a contract researcher. Interest in the Napoleonic Wars at sea led to a recent series of novels about the British Channel Fleet during that conflict. Of late, Carla has written two novels set in southeast Wyoming in 1910 that focus on her Mormon background and her interest in ranching. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
One of those stories that stay with you! 10 Jun. 2005
By Pio - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I am a Regency Romance reader and an avid fan of Carla Kelly's. Because she wrote this novel, I decided to try it even though nothing about the storyline attracted me. When I read romance, I almost exclusively read Regencies. But her writing is so outstanding, I tried this book set in Mexico and in what is now present-day New Mexico with the Spanish and Indians duking it out but not how you saw in Westerns. This was painful for both sides and Kelly brings it all to life. This book was superb and very informative historically. The hero, heroine and some secondary characters tear your heart out while they endure a lot. I am not one for lots of anguish in my recreational reading; that's why I like Regencies. But this story and the writing was so exceptional that by the end I really was glad I had read it. The story and its poignancy has stayed with me even years later.
31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book! 11 Jan. 2001
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My first book that I read by Carla Kelly was The Lady's Companion. I fell in love with Ms. Kelly's writing style at that time. She doesn't write a book that I wouldn't give to my girls to read. After reading The Lady's Companion, I decided to try her other books and became hooked. I then put forth the effort to get a hold of all of her works. I finally got this book, Daughter of Fortune, through Amazon's out-of-print books department. At first I was disappointed (this was before I read the book) because it wasn't a Regency romance but I decided to read it anyway. I fell in love with it and now it is one of my favorite works by this author. I think Ms. Kelly is one of those unsung authors that write excellent prose but the publishing companies want more flash than style. This book is extremely well written and historically accurate. I would recommend this book to anybody. And as Ms. Jaramillo said, if you can get a hold of this book, don't let go of it.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
A fantasic book 1 Mar. 2000
By "diannej" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is not a Regency like her later works. The book is set in the 1600's. It is extremely powerful and moving. There are some grisly scenes so beware. Ms. Kelly is one of the most talented writers around today. If you can find this book I suggest you hold on to it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Best $13 I've Ever Spent 27 Jan. 2011
By Kay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I had been looking for this book for several years. i have long been a fan of Carla Kelly's. Her stories are great. Her characters are fully developed,& the romance is woven in seamlessly. I had pretty much given up romantic fiction,but Ms. Kelly's books kept me coming back for more.

This book is completely different from her regencies, but it's outstanding. Some of the parts are brutal, as it deals with an actual historic event,the Pueblo Uprising of the late 1600's in New Mexico. I flew through the book; it was hard to put down. The hero & heroine go through some devastating experiences before coming together; the writing is so engaging that you can picture the events as they unfold.

This book was well worth the money,& well worth checking half-price book stores & websites for out of print books.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Tragic, yet hopeful 15 Mar. 2013
By A. Flannery - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have been reading everything that Carla Kelly has published as they release them on Kindle since I discovered her with `Marrying the Captain'. Thankfully, she got the rights back to those novels that were out of print. Since then she has worked with other houses to get the books re-released digitally. Yay! I will not cover the story as to not give any spoilers, just the writing.

This book, like all of hers, doesn't have flashy moments or typify the "bodice ripper" genre. She writes about real people in the difficult times that they lived. Ms. Kelly is a historian at heart and it shows. Readers that appreciate knowing exactly what life was like during a time period- even when that time included war, famine or just sociological hardness due to social strata and/or misfortune- love her novels. They aren't pretty. Real life usually isn't. She doesn't make excuses for her characters. She develops them, makes them grow. She shows you that hard circumstances and developments make for hard choices. But man, do you get invested in the outcome. You end up caring even about the `not-so-evil' bad guys (or gals). She doesn't include modernisms in her dialogue (admittedly one of my pet peeves).

The way Ms. Kelly writes is just beautiful. The prose illustrates in a straight forward way what her characters are experiencing even as you don't want to look. Modern people just don't experience hardships (or most reading electronically don't) as those living a few hundred years ago. So, while tragic, it is uplifting at the same time. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.
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