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Last Train from Cuernavaca

Christmastime, 1913: Grace Knight’s elegant hotel in Cuernavaca is the place to see and be seen. Mexico’s native and foreign luminaries flock there to dance to the new beat of ragtime under the ballroom’s twinkling electric lights.

Outside the city, violence is looming. Federal soldiers raid the hacienda of Don Miguel Sanchez, hunting for followers of the charismatic rebel, Emiliano Zapata. In a hailstorm of rifle fire, sixteen-year-old Angela Sanchez’s life changes forever. She takes her father’s Winchester carbine, gathers the survivors, and rides off to join Zapata’s army.

Grace and Angela are two very different women. But both will do anything to protect the people and the country that they love as they are swept up in a Revolution which almost destroys them.


Reader Reviews

“Last Train from Cuernavaca is … a gripping story that takes us deep into tumultuous years of Mexican history that few Americans know about. We need more books like this.”

Thomas Fleming
Author of The Secret Trial of Robert E. Lee.
Also winner of the Lincoln Prize for Lifetime Achievement in History

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Get fascinating insights about the book and Cuernavaca,
on Lucia’s “Postcards from Cuernavaca” page

“Received Last Train from Cuernavaca yesterday afternoon – and as hard as I tried I still ended up finishing it today – I REALLY tried to make it last longer as I didn’t want it to end – but I couldn’t put it down. Needless to say, I loved it.”

Julie Chitwood

“Exciting and lyrically written, Last Train from Cuernavaca by Lucia St. Clair Robson brings the past to fascinating, fire-breathing life. As the Mexican Revolution sweeps into Cuernavaca, two young women –English and Mexican — are hurled into a high-stakes adventure that will help determine the nation’s future. Add rich characters, unforgettable scenes of bravery, and two beautiful love stories, and you’ll know why no one writes historical fiction better than Robson.”

Gayle Lynds,
New York Times best-selling author
of The Book of Spies

“To read Lucia St. Clair Robson is to learn while being thoroughly entertained. Last Train from Cuernavaca puts us through the tragic violence and political treachery of the Mexican Revolution and its consequences so intimately that we feel hunger, lust, thirst, grief, and saddle sores, and admire anew the awesome durability and courage of the people of Mexico– especially the women.”

James Alexander Thom,
New York Times best selling author
of Follow the River.

“Lucia St. Clair Robson casts spells with words that pluck us from our armchairs and plop us instantly into the place and time of her choice. In her hands, the characters she spun from whole cloth breathe and speak and sweat with the force of those who lived and who live once again here as never before. Last Train from Cuernavaca proves once more that Robson is an American treasure.”

Loren D. Estleman,
Five-time Spur Award-winning author
of The Branch and the Scaffold.


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