The Hacienda Review


In the overthrow of the Mexican government, Beatriz’s father is executed and her home destroyed. When handsome Don Rodolfo Solórzano proposes, Beatriz ignores the rumors surrounding his first wife’s sudden demise, choosing instead to seize the security his estate in the countryside provides. She will have her own home again, no matter the cost. But Hacienda San Isidro is not the sanctuary she imagined. When Rodolfo returns to work in the capital, visions and voices invade Beatriz’s sleep. The weight of invisible eyes follows her every move. Rodolfo’s sister, Juana, scoffs at Beatriz’s fears—but why does she refuse to enter the house at night? Why does the cook burn copal incense at the edge of the kitchen and mark its doorway with strange symbols? What really happened to the first Doña Solórzano?

Beatriz has had a lot to deal with since her father was executed and I think she jumped at the chance to step out from the shadows of her aunt and cousins even though Don Solórzano might not have been the right match for her. Definitely naïve and stubborn when she first comes to her husband’s estate. She wanted to come straight in and make all of these demands and changes and didn’t get off on the right foot with the staff. I think if she maybe would of had a bit more humility they would of warmed up to her a lot faster and explained the history of the hacienda and what happened in there.

Andrés I thought was an interesting character for sure; being from this long line of witches in his family while still being a priest and helping out his community. I’m not a religious person so all of the talk about faith and religion didn’t really do anything for me, but I can appreciate how it impacts all of his decisions and adds that layer of conflict for him in regards to letting his powers come forth. I also appreciated how slow the relationship between him and Beatriz developed. It wasn’t rushed or insta-lovey at all and they both really tried to maintain their morals but circumstance kept bringing them together and their feelings grew naturally.

The pacing in this book was on the slower side but I appreciate how the the dread and horror really creeps into the story. I was very much invested in the finding out what this spirit that resides in the Hacienda is and how it got there. I’m still not sure why it chose to target, torture and try and kill Beatriz when Juana and Rodolfo are the one’s at fault here. All of the twists and turns were very entertaining and I was pretty much invested from the start.

⭐️4/5 stars I just wish we could of got a little more of a satisfying ending

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