Happy first of May!

One of the aspects of historical fiction I love best is getting to experience a place and culture I might never have encountered. In the case of The Sisters of Alameda Street, Ecuador in the 1960s.

Here’s the official blurb:

sisters of alameda streetA generational saga that mixes historical fiction with the romance and intrigue of a Latin soap opera.

When Malena Sevilla’s tidy, carefully planned world collapses following her father’s mysterious suicide, she finds a letter—signed with an “A”—which reveals that her mother is very much alive and living in San Isidro, a quaint town tucked in the Andes Mountains. Intent on meeting her, Malena arrives at Alameda Street and meets four sisters who couldn’t be more different from one another, but who share one thing in common: all of their names begin with an A.

To avoid a scandal, Malena assumes another woman’s identity and enters their home to discover the truth. Could her mother be Amanda, the iconoclastic widow who opens the first tango nightclub in a conservative town? Ana, the ideal housewife with a less-than-ideal past? Abigail, the sickly sister in love with a forbidden man? Or Alejandra, the artistic introvert scarred by her cousin’s murder? But living a lie will bring Malena additional problems, such as falling for the wrong man and loving a family she may lose when they learn of her deceit. Worse, her arrival threatens to expose long-buried secrets and a truth that may wreck her life forever.

Set in 1960s Ecuador, The Sisters of Alameda Street is a sweeping story of how one woman’s search for the truth of her identity forces a family to confront their own past.

For a chance to win my advance copy of The Sisters of Alameda Street, here’s your question: what less traveled time/place would you like to visit via a book?

The winner will be announced on Wednesday.


  1. melanie on May 1, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Paris, right before the Lost Generation was there, to see the changes when they arrive.

  2. Michelle Springer on May 1, 2017 at 11:38 am

    As a biracial woman, I’ve always been interested in seeing one of my favorite time periods, the Twenties, from the perspective of a woman of color. We know a lot about what that time period was like for white women who were just beginning to get their freedom, but what about the experiences of the women whose freedom was not to be had for many more decades?

  3. Laurie blum on May 1, 2017 at 11:41 am


  4. Laurie blum on May 1, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Israel ??

  5. Rebecca on May 1, 2017 at 11:44 am

    After that description? 1960s Ecuador. This sounds like an interesting story!

  6. Kelliey Chavez on May 1, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Scotland in the 1800’s

  7. Aurore pavani on May 1, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    The victoruan’s era with all the alchemists in england in the 15th century

  8. Adeia on May 1, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    England during the time of Boudica. She’s always fascinated me.

  9. Diana P on May 1, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    I’d like to travel through some of the smaller European towns/cities. I’ve been fortunate enough to stay with a family in So. Italy and it was the best experience. I enjoy seeing how people live, as much or more than the tourist experience.

  10. Betty Strohecker on May 1, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Loire Valley – France

  11. Urjona on May 1, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    One of my favorite places is England 1800 and Scotland also the same time. In this case, I am really excited about Ecuador 1960. It sounds a great story!

  12. Tracy on May 1, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    My grandmother was born in Kenya in 1909 to missionaries. I would love to read a book based there during that time.

  13. Gillian on May 1, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    I would like to visit Hawaii in the 1800s

  14. Susan Thomas on May 1, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    I would love to visit Scotland pre Culloden .

  15. Randy Riddle on May 1, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Hawaii before the colonization by America for sure!

  16. cathleen on May 1, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    the Orkneys during the Viking era

  17. Winter on May 1, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Detroit 1890’s During the manufacturing boom and marriages between daughters and English gentry

  18. Adrianne Mittan on May 1, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Israel during the third crusade. There was so much turmoil, fighting and international drama during this time! It would make a fascinating story.

  19. Kylene on May 1, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    South America in any time period, but pre-conquest would be fascinating!

  20. Kelley B on May 1, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    I would have loved to time travel to England!

  21. Deborah on May 1, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    I would love to read about Africa before the Europeans arrival.

  22. Anna D. on May 1, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Pre-20th century Germany, before it was modern Germany. My ancestors are from there, but I have always wondered how the lived.

    • Ellen S on May 1, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      There is a series by Oliver Pötzsch, first one The Hangman’s Daughter, set in Germany in the 1660’s that is really well done.

  23. Chelsea cross on May 1, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Scotland or Ireland during the early 1900s

  24. Jane on May 1, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    India at the time of partition

  25. Betty S on May 1, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Small English village in late 1800’s

  26. Liz D, on May 1, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Ooh, that sounds like a great read! I would be interested in reading more on the post-Revolution time period in America and the War of 1812. That era definitely hasn’t been covered as much, but is a fascinating time in a new country.

  27. Nikki Loy on May 1, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Edwardian time period z

  28. Bekah on May 1, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Currently I can’t get enough of the 1920s. I never would have thought of 1960s Ecuador but now I’m intrigued!

  29. Carol on May 1, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    My grandfather died before I was born but he grew up in northern Italy in the mid-1800s. It would be interesting to learn of the era in which he lived.

  30. Shannon on May 1, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Prague in the 1920s

  31. Ellen S on May 1, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Ireland pre-1200.

  32. Nancy on May 1, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    I would like to see America in the Wild West era

  33. Rachel Adrianna on May 1, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Early Canadian settlers

  34. Maria on May 1, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    I’d like to travel to Prince Edward Island in the early 1900s.

  35. Christine on May 1, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    My city has a ton of signs up about historical sites and famous people that streets and areas are named after, mostly from the Revolutionary period. The county has a lot of Civil War sites. I’d love to read something about this specific area during those periods.

  36. Sue on May 1, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    I’d like to travel to the forests of Michigan when the voyageurs canoed the w waterways.

  37. Alice on May 1, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Poland, after it gained independence from Russia

  38. Jessica Baughman on May 1, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    London pre-WW2. To be able to see all the historical places that were destroyed by the bombings. Walk Trafalgar and along the Thames. Sigh

  39. Amanda on May 1, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    I’d have to say I’d like to read more about Europe during the late 1700s early 1800s.

  40. Carla on May 1, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    I hope this doesn’t post more than once… I’m having trouble tonight.
    Africa and India during the colonies. Or Bhutan, anytime.

  41. Connie Lee on May 1, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    California in the late 1800’s.

  42. Tara on May 2, 2017 at 6:11 am

    Cleopatra’s Egypt

  43. Maureen Connolly on May 2, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Ireland and the Vikings

  44. Maureen on May 2, 2017 at 8:31 am

    I love to travel one of my favorite places is Mykonos. Why not a mystery on the Greek Islands.

  45. DJL on May 2, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    I always thought colonial Australia (or, more remote still, New Zealand) would be a cool place to visit. In a book, that is. I’m too attached to modern plumbing to really actually want to go anywhere pre-toilet invention 🙂

  46. Amy m on May 2, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Pretty much any time period in Russia

  47. Dianne Casey on May 2, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    I would like to visit Victorian England.

  48. Paige B. on May 3, 2017 at 3:53 am

    I think historical Virginia City could be interesting.

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