In the late 1890s, nothing much ever happens in sleepy, sultry Tampa, or so it seems to Jessica Manning, a sheltered young beauty — until Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders arrive in town, on their way to assist Cuban freedom fighters in the Spanish-American war. Handsome, impetuous Lieutenant Neil Dancer wins Jessica’s heart just days before he must embark for Cuba. In the Latin section of Tampa, dark, beautiful Maria Mendes is both proud and distraught when her brother Ramon and his friend Carlos — who has just proposed to her — decide to join the freedom fighters in Cuba. The bizarre schemes of the brilliant, unbalanced Brill Kroger, rejected by both women and determined to have his revenge, bring the young lovers to a harrowing chase that ends on the brink of a sacrificial well in the ruins of Chichén-Itza.
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About the Author
Patricia Brisco Matthews (1927-2006) was a best-selling author of historical romance as well as mystery and gothic novels. She published her first historical romance in 1976 and achieved great popularity over the next decade, becoming known as “America’s First Lady of Historical Romance.” Under an agreement between her family and Vintage Romance Classics (an imprint of SpringStreet Books LLC), eight of her most enduringly popular romance novels are now available for the first time as ebooks.