Lucia St. Clair Robson has long been one of my favorite authors. I read historical fiction almost exclusively in middle school and high school, and her novels Ride the Wind, The Tokaido Road, Light a Distant Fire, and Walk in My Soul are treasures in my vast book collection. It was so much fun to curl up with a bit of my past for a few nights as I enjoyed Ms. Robson’s most recent novel.
Last Train From Cuernavaca is a light read full of great characters and fascinating historical detail. Robson writes with the ease of a natural storyteller. She is also a master of research and beautifully blends fiction and truth to such an exacting degree that I learn more from her stories than I ever did in school. I especially like the way she uses words and phrases from the native language of the area or characters she’s writing about.
The story itself wove together the lives of two remarkable, and real, women during the time of the Mexican Revolution. The stakes were set high in the beginning, which pulled me in quickly. As the story progressed I did not feel the same urgency that I had in the beginning; in fact I felt fairly confident that I knew how the story would end, but I still wanted to find out how it got there.