Winds of Wildfire by Ronald P. Chávez
Amee Brooks drifts west from Boston after a failed romantic fling and lands in Taos, New Mexico, an ancient land living the last vestiges of the old West. After buying a cabin on an acre of land where she plants a garden at a time of a severe drought her neighbor, Araña, cuts off her water at the mother irrigation ditch. She angrily confronts him which results in a brutal encounter flamed with bigotry. In despair, she hikes at Wild Rivers on the Rio Grande Gorge. There she meets Donato, a poet of Spanish ancestry. She finds Donato intriguing but strangely frightening. Donato is seeking closure from the tragic loss of his wife in a road accident. He isolates himself from the world as a volunteer caretaker at Wild Rivers. Donato invites Amee to shoot pool at the VFW in the remote village of Cerro after she reveals her problem with Araña. He introduces her to Vidal, an elder in the village who knows the lay of the land and local politics. There, Amee is ushered into a confusing Spanish culture. Vidal offers to help Amee. She meets Polly the bartender, a Viet Nam Vet who struggles with his war demons. Finally, Amee begins to feel she belongs. Meanwhile, Billy, an Indian lad from Taos Pueblo makes a life altering decision after a life of booze and drugs when he absorbs a beating over a girl. He elects to live in the mountains above Taos. To his astonishment, he discovers an ancient horde of gold and is beset with a mind blowing dilemma. Fate intervenes. Billy lands up at Cerro Bar. Polly is wrongly accused of a crime. Thus a series of events involving conflicting forces in a land of three living cultures is set in motion. Intrigue, unrequited love, courtroom drama, sexual tensions and soul searching unfold in sensuous, complex relationships in a backdrop of the spirit and brilliance of the Southwest’s offerings.
The author has rated this book PG-13 (questionable content for children under 13).
Copyright© Ronald P. Chavez. All rights reserved.
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