A Clash of Cultures When Cayatu, a beautiful, young Chumash woman begs protection from the Franciscan priests at Mission Santa Barbara she s forced to live a captive life, with only the love of a Chumash man and the friendship of a Mexican woman to sustain her. While the Spanish priests and soldiers fight among themselves for power, land and the souls of the Chumash, Cayatu fights to preserve her old way of life. Against a backdrop of romance and intrigue in Santa Barbara s early mission days, Dream Helper tells of the clash between the Christianizing zeal of the Spaniards and the idyllic, spirit-driven world of the fiercely proud Chumash Indians.
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Dream Helper is the first in Willard Thompson s Chronicles of California series of historical novels. Thompson is an award-winning writer, lecturer and historian living in Montecito, California.Review :
The mixture of historical setting and fictional narrative makes Dream Helper the vivid story that it is. Thompson's goal was "never [to let] the history get in the way of a good story," and he has accomplished that with style. --Elena Gray-Blanc-- Santa Barbara Independent
Dream Helper explores the interplay between these three groups (the Spanish Settlers, soldiers and Chumash Indians) as all come to grips with the changing face of coastal Santa Barbara. Each has its own unique vision of what that future should be. The hardships faced by the Chumash take center stage here. Readers familiar with the Scott O Dell classics, Island of the Blue Dolphins and Zia, will already be aware that legal justice was not on the side of the Chumash. Thompson exposes this truth with more hard-edged details than O Dell did. This honesty is to be valued highly. --Carol Chybowski, Noozhawk Contributor
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Description du livre Sunbelt Pubns, 2008. Paperback. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire 0979755204
Description du livre Rincon Publishing, 2008. Paperback. État : Brand New. trade paperback edition. 320 pages. 8.80x6.00x0.90 inches. In Stock. N° de réf. du libraire 0979755204