By Carmen Santos
En los angeles Habana del siglo XIX, una mujer make a decision tomar las riendas de su vida y forjar su propio destino.
En 1858, cuando Valentina partió desde España hacia los angeles colonia de Cuba en pasaje de tercera clase, tenía un joven marido a su lado y el corazón repleto de ilusiones. A su llegada a l. a. isla, sin embargo, sus sueños se resquebrajan: su esposo ha muerto durante l. a. agotadora travesía y el lugar, de pronto, se revela como un entorno hostil.
Sólo Tomás Mendoza, un atractivo médico que viajaba en el mismo barco que ella, intenta ayudarla proponiéndole matrimonio. Pero Valentina le rechaza por orgullo, pues no está dispuesta a inspirar lástima, aunque eso signifique tener que vender su cuerpo en un refinado prostíbulo caribeño. Lo que no sospecha es que hay hombres que no se conforman con unas horas de lujuria comprada y que algunos, como el rico y apuesto Leopoldo Bazán, bajo sus caballerosas formas esconden los angeles más abyecta crueldad.
Con el pulso firme y sagaz de los grandes novelistas, Carmen Santos ha tejido una historia inolvidable que tiene mucho de las grandes sagas. De las calles habaneras al prostíbulo y de allí a los fastuosos salones de l. a. alta sociedad isleña, enriquecida hasta lo inimaginable con el cultivo de l. a. caña de azúcar, El sueño de las Antillas nos cuenta los angeles historia de una mujer fuerte, valiente y carismática que, en una época de intrigas políticas por l. a. independencia de Cuba y por l. a. abolición de l. a. esclavitud, se debate entre los angeles ambición, los angeles venganza y el amor verdadero.
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