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about the book
Title: Chasing the Wind
Author: Paula Scott
Publisher: West Butte Publishing
Release Date: March 20, 2018
Genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction
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 fiancée, 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.
Peter felt the tremor in Isabella’s hand. “Why didn’t you tell me you came from this kind of life?” He waved his other hand out over the ballroom.
“I didn’t come from this kind of life. I came from a rancho.”
“You came from wealth and privilege.”
She smiled, but the smile didn’t reach her eyes. “The Vasquezes were deep in debt. My brother had to marry Rachel because of Don Pedro’s gambling debts, and still, in the end, everything was taken by the Americans.”
“You could have stayed here with your sister. Married a ship captain in tall boots who would build you a mansion in this city.”
“I don’t want a mansion in the city.”
“What do you want?” His throat tightened as he waited. He hadn’t shared his dreams with anyone but Maggie, and that had gone so wrong. Jedediah said that with God, all things were possible. Was it possible to build a happy life with Isabella?
“I want a farm with chickens and as many children as God will give us.”
about the author
Paula began her writing career as a civilian contracted to write for the United States Air Force’s newspaper and magazines. Later, she wrote feature stories for a daily California newspaper. A fifth-generation Californian,
Paula’s 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 farm, writes historical fiction, and blogs about life, love, and farming at her website.
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