Maria Gonzalez is a woman who has lived a long rich life. From the prologue we learn this Flemish born woman went to Spain, married a handsome soldier, moved with his regiment to New Spain, was kidnapped by Aztec Indians, and somehow ends up an old lady, now a noblewoman in Cornwall, with a maid called Tetla.
There are many interesting historical facts in the novel which appears to have been well-researched. It took a while for me to become engaged with the story, but by page 32, I found myself interested in the Aztec way of life within the hidden city of Tenochtitlàn. Here we meet the woman, Tetla , who becomes Maria's maid in England.
Adventure and dangerous escapes propel the story along. There was a little too much titillating sex for my taste, but maybe I'm just a prude.
My rating of 3 would have been higher if the beginning had been better developed. I commend the author on her interesting details, her exciting plot, and the character, Maria Gonzalez, who seemed quite real.