Mission Song: Chenoa’s Story
Set in the California Mission and hacienda seacoast of 1836, this romance concerns Chenoa, a mission-raised orphan who returns to her beloved homeland after a Boston convent school has not succeeded in “finishing” her. Her guardian, Don Sebastian, is immediately drawn to his courageous, sprightly and now grown-up charge. When he learns she seeks to start a school in the name of their beloved benefactor, he agrees to provide the funds.
But as open as Chenoa’s life has been, Don Sebastian’s past is clouded in secrecy and violence. A former vigilante, he suffers from PTSD and self-loathing. As enemies gather, both must come together to fight for land and life. The scenes of Mission Song are strong with detail, knowledge and beauty and the characters are sympathetic and well-drawn. But this historical romance could have used another edit for repetition and grammar and fewer instances of “How dare you!”