“A LAND IN TURMOIL”
Spain lost control of California when Mexico desired its independence, and Britain looked south from its Hudson’s Bay Company posts at the mouth of the Columbia River. France had received reports about this undefended land of immense possibilities, Russia already squatted north of San Francisco at its otter-hunting post at Fort Ross, and the gold seeking hordes of Americans flooded the “land of milk and honey.” The people of California realized their time as a territory of Mexico would soon end.
This first book in the A Land in Turmoil series, In the Shadow of Vargas, brings William Wallace MacLeod face to face with love and revenge as he battles the forces of politics and religion in Spanish-controlled New Mexico. In order to keep a promise to his trapping party employer and find the woman whose love for him has cost her freedom, he must escape from a certain death sentence and rescue the woman he loves.
MacLeod will eventually find himself in the land known as Alta California and all of the turmoil brought about by warring families, an inept government, and a religious system on the brink of failure. He will learn to view this land through the eyes of two opposing cultures, his own and the one he raises his son in—from the Mexican period of a laid-back life of raising cattle, gambling, and bloodless confrontations, to a time of vigorous expansion and exploitation. A people who, a mere forty-five years before, could not travel from one hacienda to another without governmental permission, were able to board a train in San Francisco and, a few days later, disembark in New York City.
William Macleod and his children will fight among themselves to hold that part of their past that lies threatened in this land of opportunity. Learn more about historical fiction author E. Paul Bergeron or contact the author with your questions or comments.