Friday, November 7, 2014

Rush of Shadows by Catherine Bell


Back Cover Blurb

When American pioneers set their hearts on a California valley where Indians had been living for thousands of years, a period of uneasy appraisal emerged, followed by conflict and soon enough by genocide. The epic greed and violence of the 1850's and 60's has been brushed aside by history, conveniently forgotten in the pride of conquest. Rush of Shadows brings to life two freethinking women, Mellie, a white, and Bahé, an Indian, who endure the clash of their cultures and come to an unlikely understanding.

Review
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In 1855, Mellie and Law Pickett journey north from San Francisco to the wilderness of Northern California to homestead. They build a cabin and begin clearing land. The nearest neighbors are miles away. Mellie is pregnant and the effort of the move takes its toll on her. Gradually, she meets an Indian woman named Bahé and a friendship blossoms between them, despite Law’s prejudices and stern disapproval. Bahé aids Mellie when it comes time to give birth. As the novel progresses, the plight of Native Americans who suffered illness and starvation is brilliantly portrayed.

This is a story of contrasts, of two women from vastly different cultures who struggle to survive in an new and ever-changing world of unusual circumstances. Powerful narration and writing truly made the story truly come alive with a feel of authenticity. It is a historically accurate fictionalization of America’s frontier and fascinating history. Beautiful indeed!

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