"Shall I sing you a song about love?"
"Why yes," I agreed, thinking this must be a gag.
But Luis launched into Palm Trees Drunk with the Sun, went on to The Sea Gulls, and then sang The Green Eyes, in a light baritone voice.
"Very nice," commented the chauffer from the front seat. "Now sing Farolito."
He sang it. He sang all the way to Monterrey.
I didn't realize it, but I was being courted.
And so begins the adventure of a lifetime. Don Luis Trevino Arreola y Gomez Sanchez de la Barquera, a public relations director, is assigned to meet Elizabeth Borton at the Mexican border to escort the young American journalist to Monterrey. Neither one realizes how this meeting is about to dramatically alter their futures. It is the 1930s, the years following the painful ones of political turmoil for Mexico, and ones, for America, of increasing change in the role of women. On this first trip, Miss Borton comes to Mexico on a writing assignment for The Boston Herald. She returns to Monterrey a year later as Senora de Trevino, to chronicle the touching, sometimes hilarious, story of a thoroughly modern American woman who moves back in time to love and win the love of her new Mexican family. Originally written in the 1950s, this special young people's edition revives for the third millennium a story of an era and way of life now passed, but not to be forgotten.
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