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Chasing the Wind - Paula Scott

A beautiful, half-Indian girl raised by the Californios finds her fate intertwined with an American frontiersman haunted by his past in 1850 California.

As California comes to statehood amidst the madness of the gold rush, Isabella Vasquez must wed a buckskin-clad American who wins her in a card game. Though their union is passionate, Isabella soon finds herself abandoned in a brothel, where she rises to fame as a singer known as the Bluebird. Yet because of her Indian blood, the Bluebird will always be bought and sold in the white man’s world. When more is demanded of the Bluebird than just singing, Isabella flees to Fort Ross in search of her Russian father and her own race of people.

Peter Brondi has battled Indians all his life. The last thing he wants is a half-Indian wife. While taming the West with Kit Carson and John C. Fremont, Peter has fought the Mexican War and lost his beloved fiancĂ©e, Maggie, to his half-Indian brother, Paul. To satisfy his father’s dying wish, Peter vows to find his brother and put an end to the hate that’s between them. But when history repeats itself and Paul steals Isabella away, Peter must come to terms with his past and the animosity he holds against all Indians, including his half-brother and the wife he has forsaken.

Chasing the Wind is the final story in the sweeping saga of California Rising, a tale of love, betrayal, and the ties that bind brothers together and California to the nation.Amazon

About the Author:

Paula has a background in journalism. A fifth-generation Californian, her great-great grandmother came to California in a covered wagon and married a California farmer. Paula’s family has been farming ever since. Paula works on her family's stone fruit farm, writes historical and contemporary fiction, and blogs about life, love, and farming at paulascott.com.

My Take:

I finally finished this book. I'm not sure why it took me so long to get around to reading it, especially when I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in this series. But... sometimes life just gets in the way.  

This was a great book! I highly recommend it. It had me pretty much at the edge of my seat the whole way through. Every time I got a little comfortable with what was happening, the author would throw in a twist to the plot. It was nerve-wracking!! Get ready to feel emotion!! This story will pull all those emotions out of you, anger, fear, hope.... The spiritual elements woven through give the book an extra level of depth.  

I wouldn't recommend this book to the faint of heart, or those looking for just a quick easy read. This story tugs at your heart, there are topics not for the young, but it is also a story of love, forgiveness, grace, and hope. One that will stretch and grow you. I received this book courtesy of the author. I was not asked to write a positive review. 

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