Land of the Afternoon Sun

Land of the Afternoon Sun

A Novel

Book - 2016
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Land of the afternoon sun follows a disinherited English baron and a young New York heiress who marry and move West to build an agricultural empire in Palm Springs in the 1920s when it was just a budding town on the edge of the Mojave Desert. It is also the story of a woman finding her own personality and strength in the West against a breathtaking desert landscape that changes constantly and shows its deadly side in poisonous snakes, flash floods and sand storms, with dramatic moments of forbidden romance, reversals, treachery, betrayal and, ultimately, triumphs.
Publisher: Nashville, Tennessee : Turner Publishing Company, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781681623887
Branch Call Number: FICTION Wood, Barbara
Characteristics: xii, 488 pages ; 24 cm


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ArapahoeJaneC Dec 07, 2016

Palm Springs in the 1920's is the setting for this story of a plucky heroine, her dastardly husband and the much admired hero who sets all right. Add the historical background of the Native Americans who originally populated the area, mix in very basic cultural differences and then top it off with a sprinkling of old Hollywood glamour of those who came to play and you have the ingredients for a compelling read. Barbara Wood writes of strong women in varied settings and historical time frames. But it is not just chick-lit. Her books have a wide appeal and this one is no exception.

Aug 11, 2016

Barbara Wood has always been one of my favorite authors. Her books are dense with period details and always reflect her themes of strong women, traditional healing methods, and appreciating nature. This work takes to you to Palm Springs, California in the early 1920s when the last vestiges of the western frontier are disappearing and the new frontiers of moviemaking and fruit agriculture are in their infancy. Elizabeth Van Linden, 19 and very sheltered, meets a young English lord on an ocean voyage. Swept off her feet, she marries him and moves to the desert where her new husband plans to conquer the American southwest. It doesn't take Elizabeth too long to realize what a bad bargain she's made in marriage. The novel takes place over 4 years in which Elizabeth matures into a strong, independent woman. The climax occurs when Mother Nature wreaks her revenge on man's plans.


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