Diverse Lit 2015 Books 19 & 20

My final 2015 Diverse Lit post features female Puerto Rican authors! I threw in a couple extra picture books for fun. Happy reading in 2016!

Nights of Indigo Blue by Theresa Varela
Aignos Publishing | Contemporary Mystery
A fun cozy mystery with a Latina heroine who is battling past demons. As Daisy finds herself aiding in a high-profile murder case, she seeks comfort in her friends and learns to trust her natural connection to the spirit world. Recommended for fans of detective stories who want a fresh take on a murder mystery.
2015 Diverse Book #19

A Decent Woman by Eleanor Parker Sapia
Booktrope Editions | Historical Fiction
A well written historical novel set in western Puerto Rico immediately following Spain's ceding the island to the United States. The heart of this novel is its two passionate main characters Serafina, a young mother, and Ana, a midwife and former Cuban slave. The author expertly weaves their bittersweet tales while exploring love, tragedy, and the severe practices that harshly impacted women in Puerto Rico in the early 20th century.
2015 Diverse Book #20

The Coqui and the Iguana by Alidis Vicente (Illustrations by Nancy Cote)
Operation Outreach USA | Picture Book
Fun tale that tackles the themes of fear and trust while incorporating the rich natural world of Puerto Rico.
2015 Diverse Book Extra Title

Martina and the Wondrous Waterfall by Yadhira Gonzalez-Taylor
(Illustrations by Alba Escayo) | Picture Book
The second of Gonzalez-Taylor's books about everyone's favorite cucarachita. This adventure features Martina's friends taking a musical journey.
2015 Diverse Book Extra Title