The Chumash Indians lived peacefully along the coast north of present-day Los Angeles until the Spanish drove most of them out and enslaved the rest.
Black Wolf, a Chumash warrior, was once a captive of the Spanish priests and knows the newly arrived garrison is here to hunt him down.
With the garrison comes Lucita, the new colonel's beautiful daughter. The more Lucita observes how the padres abuse the Chumash, the more disgusted she becomes. When Black Wolf approaches her one dark night, Lucita sees an opportunity to make a difference. Black Wolf sees a compassionate white woman.
The effort to save Black Wolf's people will cost them both dearly, though not as much as the love blooming between them.
"Readers will be immediately drawn into this stirring novel. A powerful, exciting read." ~Romantic Times.
"A fast-paced, action packed thriller that showcases two wonderful star-crossed lovers. Ms. Munn's brilliant homage to the lost culture of the Chumash makes this a fabulous historical romance." ~Harriet Klausner
THE SOUL SURVIVORS SERIES, in series order
Spirit of the Eagle
The River's Daughter
Oregon novelist Munn (Seminole Song; Daughter of the Mountain) offers another Native American historical romance, this time focusing on the plight of Southern California's Chumash and their treatment by the Spaniards in the early 1800s. As usual, Munn ably describes the waning culture of the Indians--their unique outlook on life, their rich traditions and their own brand of spirituality. But these attractions are undermined by a thumping didacticism, especially evident in the mustache-twirling portrayal of the Spaniards. Corporal Sebastian Rodriguez is, of course, a heartless military man. But Munn doesn't stop there, making Rodriguez not just a tyrant over the Indians but also an abusive husband and father. Father Patricio--a "potbellied man with oversize hands... crooked teeth, one of them black"--is a sadistic conniver who oversees the conversion and enslavement of members of the Chumash tribe. Munn also implies that the padre may be a pedophile. Against this collection of rapine Spaniards Munn pits the proverbial noble savage, Black Wolf, a Chumash warrior trying to save his people and their heritage from invading foreigners. He meets his match in Lucita, Rodriguez's wayward daughter, who becomes intrigued by Native American customs and mysticism. That she so readily rejects her background as well as the hand of a loving, intelligent merchant stretches our credibility, but it makes for a tidy ending to a tale with an equally tidy and untroubled moral stance.
Gritty and hard to put down.
I did not want to put this story down. It is a very gritty look into the old west how native people were treated by the "civilized" people. The feelings that grow between Lucita and Black Wolf become stronger with her belief in him and his world. Lucita feels more one with nature than with her situation. So many things happen that can break either of them, but they find a way to triumph. I highly recommend this book.
I received a copy of this book from eBook Discovery in exchange for an honest review.
This is a powerful story of two opposing worlds in the not so distant past. Proving love and understanding will conquer hate. I could not stop reading as the story sped recklessly towards its climatic resolution. I received this book from eBook Discovery in exchange for an honest review.