Welcome to Novel PASTimes! We are pleased you stopped by today.
Tell us something about where you live.
I live in the high desert area of the San Mateo Mountains south of Albuquerque, when I’m not sharing a home with my great aunt in California. That’s where I really want to be more than any other place. I grew up in California before my father forced us to move to New Mexico.
Is there anything special about your name? Why do you think you were given that name?
My author tells me that my name was given as a reward to one of her faithful readers whose name is Isabella Garcia Bailey.
Do you have an occupation? What do you like or dislike about your work?
Oh, dear no. I am the daughter of wealthy landowners. My family can be traced back to the old families of Spain, so I do not hold an occupation, but rather have learned to manage a rancho.
Who are the special people in your life?
Until recently my Aunt Josephina (my father’s sister) was the focus of my life, along with Diego Morales whom I plan to marry. However, that irritating Aaron Bailey won’t seem to let well enough alone. My mother and father are of course dear to me, but they do not understand my desires for life.
What is your heart’s deepest desire?
To live in California on the family’s rancho and throw wonderful parties as we did in the old days. I want to step back in time to have what we once had.
What are you most afraid of?
That my heart’s desire will never be available to me.
Do you have a cherished possession?
I once had a horse I cherished. However, I’ve learned over the years that things are temporal and the land is what remains.
What do you expect the future will hold for you?
I hope to be married to Diego Morales and have a family together in California. But again, that pesky Aaron Bailey doesn’t think Diego is an honest man. He thinks it’s his place to guard and protect me from Diego. Foolish man.
What have you learned about yourself in the course of your story?
That I’m quite opinionated and headstrong. I’m a woman of means and intelligence and I know that I can figure out all the answers if I’m given a chance. This makes some people believe me to be uncaring or harsh, but that isn’t the truth. I care very much about seeing the world set in a way that will make sense to me and bring happiness to those around me.
Is there anything else you’d like people to know about you?
Well, I don’t know that I want people to know that I’m also a very broken woman—girl really. There has been a lot of pain in my life, and now as I learn the secrets that have taken me beyond the desert sands, I realize that more heart break is headed my way. Aaron says that only God will get me through. My mother says the same. I wish I knew for sure that was true. I suppose in time I will.
Thanks for allowing us to get know you a little better!
Twenty-five-year-old Isabella Garcia has spent the last seven years
living in opulence at her aunt’s California home. The last thing she
wants to do is celebrate Christmas with her parents in the small
silver-mining town of Silver Veil. Not only will she have to leave
her handsome beau, Diego Morales, but she has to travel with her
old rival, Aaron Bailey—a Santa Fe Railroad businessman who
considers her both childish and selfish.
When Isabella finally arrives in Silver Veil, she is surprised by how
much the town has grown in her absence. But she is also shocked to
see how much her father’s health has declined. When Diego shows
up unexpectedly with news of her aunt’s death, Isabella is faced
with some-life changing decisions. But trouble is brewing.
Isabella must determine who she can truly rely on as well as
reconcile who she’s become with who she’s meant to be—even if it
costs her everything.
Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over 100 novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her many bestselling series. Tracie and her family make their home in
Montana. Visit traciepeterson.com to learn more.