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The Hacienda
The Hacienda | Isabel Caas
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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... In the overthrow of the Mexican government, Beatriz's father is executed and her home destroyed. When handsome Don Rodolfo Solrzano proposes, Beatriz ignores the rumors surrounding his first wife's sudden demise, choosing instead to seize the security 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 its doorway with strange symbols? What really happened to the first Doa Solrzano? Beatriz only knows two things for certain: Something is wrong with the hacienda. And no one there will help her. Desperate for help, she clings to the young priest, Padre Andrs, as an ally. No ordinary priest, Andrs will have to rely on his skills as a witch to battle the malevolent presence haunting the hacienda. Far from a refuge, San Isidro may be Beatriz's doom.
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RebeccaRoo7
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I will always be biased when it comes to reading any gothic tale. Loved this novel! Full of evil/vengeful spirits, a horrible man, history, witches, and a creepy estate. The only sad part was when it came to an end. I appreciated the headstrong heroine. I would hand this book to anyone who enjoys stories that have the potential to keep you up at night with a bit of history thrown in.

#Gothic #history #creepy #ebook #Mexico #chilling

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RebeccaRoo7
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What do you do when you're ill and have taken the day off from work? You read and get all of the cat cuddles!

#catsoflitsy #sickday #cuddles

RaeLovesToRead Get well soon 💕 2mo
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BekaReid
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When you go to the library to pick up *a* book...this is the result. And, of course, it's in addition to the existing TBR pile on the other corner of my desk. 😂📚🙄

Aimeesue Whoops. 3mo
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BookishTrish
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Historical gothic horror set in Mexico? Yes please! I thought Andres (the hot priest character) was more interesting than the Beatriz - but I enjoyed reading about them both. It was creepy and exorcisty

keys_on_fire I thought the writing was really beautiful. I liked this more than I expected! 4mo
Reggie It was the red eyes in the dark for me. lol, I liked this one a lot, too. 4mo
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NikkiCureton
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Loved it! Started a little slow, but ended up really good. A haunting, a bad hacendado/husband, a crazy sister, and a (hot) priest/witch! This book has it all, and it‘s a really good debut by the author. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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BarkingMadRead
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I don‘t know what worse, the number of older BOTM books I have, or the dust on my bookshelves 🤷🏻‍♀️ @currentlyreadinginCO @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks any preferences?

Gissy The dust, the books are always okay📚📚📚😂 5mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @Gissy ☝🏻💯 5mo
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks All of these would be good except The Trespasser, The Family, and Daisy Darker. 😂 5mo
currentlyreadinginCO Ooo I like your taste! I've read American Dirt & The Trespasser, otherwise I'm interested in whatever! Will post mine shortly 5mo
Roary47 Well, living in Az. I dust and less than a minute later… there is more dust. 🤣 5mo
BarkingMadRead @Roary47 I don‘t dust very often 🤣 but a library should be dusty and dark 🤷🏻‍♀️ 5mo
BarkingMadRead @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @currentlyreadinginCO I‘m thinking of the Holiday Swap, unless you want something less,,,, cute? 🤷🏻‍♀️ 5mo
currentlyreadinginCO I'm fine with cute, I love cute! And also I'm leaning towards Caste, so my pick won't be cute at all 😂 5mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks I‘m definitely ok with cute! 5mo
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sebrittainclark
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Didn't quite manage a bingo, but a pretty good October #ISpyBingo

@clwojick @thearomaofbooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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sebrittainclark
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It was a hard choice between The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas and Bookshops and Bonedust by Travis Baldree, but for Halloween, I had to go with my 5 star horror read for the favorite of the month.

@chasjjlee

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Addison_Reads
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This was a reread for me for my IRL book club. I still really enjoyed this one, and again, I couldn't help but compare it to Rebecca while reading.

I love a book where the house becomes a character all on its own. This one is a slow build, but that's typical with gothic literature. This author has some truly beautiful writing, which makes this book really come alive on the page.

#Scarathlon #SpookyGhostClub @Clwojick

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sebrittainclark
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5/5

I love a good gothic horror, especially one with a haunted house. In the aftermath of the Mexican War of Independence, Beatriz is looking for the kind of security her new husband provides: a home of her own. But Hacienda San Isidro is not a welcoming place, and as more and more strange things occur, Beatriz must figure out who or what she should be protecting herself from.

emz711 So good and so much better than Mexican Gothic 6mo
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keys_on_fire
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This book was an enigma. It was creepy and thrilling, yet lyrical and romantic. I had to take my time to read this, savoring the word/phrase choices and really digesting what was being told by the author. This is within a genre that I typically would pass along immediately after reading, but may keep to read again in order to experience it a different way. 🤔
#Deweys24HrReadathon #OutstandingOctober
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keys_on_fire
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Tita believed words are power: they may lay your destiny in stone or shatter a legacy altogether. Words can damn or bless in equal measure, and are never to be used lightly.

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keys_on_fire
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I started this before the readathon, so hoping to finish this one today!

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keys_on_fire
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I have been gone for months! I had a big move in July and had to forego tracking of my reading since May in order to pack up my library of over 900 books. 😬
Finally feeling settled in and ready to get back on track. This is my TBR for #Deweys24HrReadathon and #OutstandingOctober
@Andrew65

Ruthiella Welcome back! 😃 6mo
TheBookgeekFrau Welcome back!! 😊 6mo
MaureenMc 👋👋👋 6mo
Andrew65 Great to see you back 😍 6mo
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Charityann
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Enjoyed this one. Also these apple cider donuts from a local donut shop are awesome. Another #halloweenbucketlist item complete.🎃👻🐈‍⬛ #scarathlon #teamBOOks @Bookwormjillk

Bookwormjillk Mmmmm doughnuts 6mo
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K.Wielechowski
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Ok, I‘m not a gothic horror person. This book scared the shit out of me.
But… I also loved it?
Beatriz married Don Solorzano, ensuring she got something she hasn‘t had since the government killed her father: a home. The problem is, the house is not welcoming to a new woman in the don‘s life.
Finding an ally in servant Paloma and her priest/witch cousin Andres, Beatriz fights for survival against forces unknown.

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Reggie
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It‘s the 1800s right after the Mexican War for Independence. Beatriz, with few options for women at the time, decides to marry Rodolfo Solorzano and live with him in his hacienda in San Ysidro. He leaves her there and while he is away at the capital, she discovers all the horrors of the hacienda. Her only hope comes in from Andres, a witch/curandero/priest. This was great, the writing smooth, and I felt for Beatriz and Andres. Pick!

Leftcoastzen Nice review ! It‘s in my stack. 11mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 11mo
tonymp What a terrible time the 19th century was! A girl gets married to avoid the drudgery of convent life only to face the horrors of a haunted hacienda. 11mo
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Reggie @Leftcoastzen @TrishB thanks! She‘s nominated for best first novel at Stokercon so I hope I get to see her there. 11mo
Reggie @tonymp it was the red blinking eyes in the dark and being pushed by invisible hands down the stairs for me. 😱 11mo
Bookzombie Great review! I would stack if I hadn‘t already. I was wondering if your trip was still on for Stokercon. 🙂 11mo
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keithlafo
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I‘m a sucker for gorgeously written gothic horror and haunted house stories. This delivers on both fronts.

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BookNerdMama
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If you are from or spent a good amount of time in the American Southwest or Texas, Mexico, Central America, or northern South America, you will understand the depth and atmosphere of this story when I say this one thing: La Llorona.

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Victoriahoperose
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I loved the story but I did thing it was a bit slow in parts. It was definitely a creepy book with a lot of history and excellent descriptions, but it felt like it took a long time to get into it and then certain parts dragged for me. Overall, I thought this was a solid book with a great premise!

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ImperfectCJ
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This is a fun one! Kind of Mexican Gothic meets Cinderella, with a dash of Jane Eyre, The Exorcist, and The Amityville Horror, which isn't to say it's derivative... it's its own thing, just with echoes of those other stories. I don't love everything about it (some things seem inconsistent with the time period), but overall I had a very fun time reading it. #gettbr

ImperfectCJ I see that some compare this novel to Rebecca, which is interesting to me. I can see that plot-wise, although it didn't really strike me as having a Rebecca vibe while I read it. 1y
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Andrea4
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I enjoyed this Mexican gothic story inspired by (?) Rebecca.
If you enjoy any kind of "Rebecca-esque" stories I would highly suggest this. The narration was great too. The only part I probably found unnecessary was the extra romance line. But for a debut novel, I think this is impressive.
Oh, if you aren't a fan of the supernatural kind of story line, maybe give it a pass.
(The look you get when you cuddle for 2min and then go back to work.)

ImperfectCJ I agree about the romance piece. It felt unnecessary and not really true to the time period or the characters. 1y
Andrea4 @ImperfectCJ right? It felt forced, not entirely but it feels like something an editor said had to be in there to make it more "marketable" or something. 1y
ImperfectCJ @Andrea4 Precisely my thought! It was out of place enough that I was like, did Cañas put this in here or was it recommended by the publisher? 🤨 1y
Andrea4 @ImperfectCJ I wonder about how much authorial choice there is especially for a debut... 1y
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Jen2
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Creepy!

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Nessavamusic
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This was a slow, creepy, gothic horror with a touch of a love story - not a romance. It has a setting of post revolutionary Mexico, and the added in historical and cultural elements were excellent. It definitely was slow moving the first half, which built a proper sense of doom yet also lost my interest at times. Our heroine Beatriz starts as a bit of a weak character, but toughens up and becomes more interesting as the story continues.⬇️

Nessavamusic Andres our other viewpoint is a priest with a past and my favorite character-he needs his own action mystery series-if you read it you will understand. Though I own a physical copy of this book, I enjoyed it on audiobook and can definitely recommend reading it this way. It is my first book by Isabel Canas and I look forward to more from this author! 4⭐️ 1y
Clare-Dragonfly I would totally read an action mystery series starring Andres! 1y
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Jen2
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Great!!!

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Lizpixie
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Congratulations & Happy Birthday @wanderinglynn A brilliant achievement lovely! I‘d love to receive the tagged book, I‘ve heard great things about it👍

#300kBirthdayGiveaway

wanderinglynn Thank you! 😘 And thanks for entering! 1y
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allureofbeauty
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Christmas haul. Some of them were to my boyfriend and me from his brother since we read so many together 🖤

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DavidDiamond
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Taking place a few years after the Mexico War of Independence, a young woman marries a wealthy politician and moves with him into the family hacienda. A hybrid of "Rebecca", "The Thorn Birds" and "The Haunting of Hill House", Isabel Canas brings us this thrilgothic horror story about family, greed, revenge and the extent one will go to retain power.

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DimeryRene
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / great read.

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TheQuietQuill
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Bailedbailed

I tried, but I couldn‘t do it. I‘m making it a thing in 2023 for me where I stop reading books I‘m not enjoying. I usually force myself to finish, but I‘m realizing life is too short to read books I don‘t enjoy…and this is one of them. Oh well, onto the next one!

Jerdencon Just got this as a postal book club pick from someone else - will try and see how it goes 1y
TheQuietQuill Hopefully it goes better for you! A lot of people really enjoyed it, I just have a problem reading about demons and witches and such. I should have researched it a bit better before purchasing. @Jerdencon 1y
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TheQuietQuill
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Starting tonight 😬
I hate to admit, I have high expectations because I still have a book hangover from my previous read 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Cazxxx
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Finally finished this which I started in October. I was enjoying it but had library books to prioritise so it was put on the back burner for a while. I loved the setting and atmosphere of this gothic novel but wished it had a bit more creepiness. The narration was great and loved the overall vibes

EverydayImReading @Cazxxx Looks good though. If you like this theme have you tried Mexican Gothic? 1y
Cazxxx @EverydayImReading Yes, it was one of my favourite books last year! 😊 1y
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ImperfectCJ
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I rejoined #gettbr after a year's hiatus. I was craving the surprise of curated titles and decided to treat myself. I made a video, too, which I'll post to YouTube if I ever get it edited. I have to do a voiceover because my family didn't seem to get the memo that I wanted it quiet on the set (or that the dining room table was the set).

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BookishlyPleasant
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This was an incredibly gripping thriller! I couldn't put it down and finished about 90% of it in one night! There were a few aspects that were a little predictable but the storytelling was so good, I didn't mind.

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Bookboss
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Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier is one of my favorite books, so I was intrigued by the comparisons to The Hacienda. While both novels begin with a young bride arriving at an ancestral mansion with a husband she hasn‘t known for long, the comparisons end there. The Hacienda is a horror novel, not a gothic suspense. The characters, setting, and descriptions are very well done and kept me turning the pages.

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BeeMagical
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Bailing out at 40% - maybe I‘ll pick it up as a hard copy vs audiobook

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candc320
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I absolutely loved this book! It was terrifying, touching, and filled with historical detail that really immersed me in the story. I honestly got chills a few times - I love a haunted house with strange noises and whispers going on! The ending was just ok but didn‘t ruin the story for me. I still loved it overall! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Linsy
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If you're looking for something gothic, haunting and witchy, I'd recommend The Hacienda! This stuff is, admittedly, my jam, but I loved this one!! ❤

#wizards #ominousoctober #teamslaughter

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🖤🖤🖤 1y
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KT1432
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I‘ve heard such good things about this spooky book! I‘m loving gothic stories in general. 👻

#ScarathlonDailyPrompts #PhotoChallenge Day 18: #Orange #Scarathlon2022 #TeamSlaughter

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marleed
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Supernatural stories, especially those involving a haunted house served as my introduction into adult reading. Although, no longer my go-to trope, it sure is fun to revisit from time to time. I don‘t physically own a stack of all those classic reads, but if I did I‘d be happy to make it taller by adding this story to it.

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TamTracy
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I loved the dark atmospheric setting that this author created. I really enjoyed the storyline and the creepiness. I do wish I felt a little more connected to the characters though.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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kelli7990
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Here‘s my review for a book I finished reading last night.

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kelli7990
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Here‘s my reading progress for a book I‘m currently reading.

kelli7990 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It‘s good so far. 2y
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