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Author George Vergara pens a grippingly adventurous historical fiction novel titled “Marcelo’s Secret”

This book will be on exhibit at the upcoming 2020 Tucson Festival of Books

Miami, Florida, USA – WEBWIRE

“A must read for anyone interested in the history of Crypto-Jews, the history of some of the Southwest, and especially New Mexico’s first settlers.”

This is a story about Sephardic Jews who were tortured and killed during the Spanish Inquisition (established in 1478 and continued until abolished in 1834) and how many fled Spain to the new world and ended up in New Mexico.
It is 1587 in Madrid, Spain, and Marcelo Espinosa is hiding a secret so dangerous that, if it were exposed, it would mean torture and death. Raised as a Catholic by Jewish parents forced to covertly practice their religion, Marcelo has no idea he is about to discover the perils of his true heritage. After his parents are summoned by the Inquisition for heresy, they seek to shield Marcelo from an inevitable death and make secret arrangements for him to enter the monastery. Nineteen-year-old Marcelo is left with no choice.
During a stormy night, Marcelo and his guide leave on horseback; it is not long before Marcelo is unwittingly immersed in a life filled with prayer, meditation, plain food, and hard work. But after six months pass, Marcelo receives the horrifying news he has been dreading-his parents have been murdered. Now with his own life in grave danger, Marcelo once again has no choice but to escape. Disguised as a missionary, Marcelo sails to Mexico with two Franciscan priests and the hope that one day he will be free. In this captivating historical tale, Marcelo embarks on a journey through adventure, friendship, love, and danger in a desperate attempt to reconcile with the man he has always wanted to be.
Immerse yourself in the captivatingly masterful literature of George Vergara by supporting his book “Marcelo’s Secret” as he presents it this March 14th to March 15th at the 2020 Tucson Festival of Books, or purchase a Kindle or paperback copy of it on Amazon.
Marcelo’s Secret
Author | George Vergara
Publisher | CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Published Date | October 14, 2018
Genre | Historical Romance
ISBN-13 | 978-1490432915
Paperback Price | $12.99
About the Author
George Vergara graduated from the University of New Mexico and the St. Louis College of Medicine and served in the United States Navy as a Lt. Commander. He is now a cardiologist in Coral Gables, Florida, where he enjoys growing orchids and dancing the tango. George Vergara is best known as a board certified cardiologist living in Coral Gables, Florida. George has deep family roots in the U.S. Southwest. “Marcelo’s Secret” blossomed when his mother revealed their family “secret”— they are descendants of Marcelo Espinosa, a Sephardic Jew. Those Spanish-speaking explorers who settled around Santa Fe, New Mexico give life to the drama and suspense of “Marcelo’s Secret.”

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