Book 1, Old California Series, western romance Christian fiction by Christy Award winning author Stephen Bly
This western romance Christian fiction happens before the California Gold Rush. Alena’s a confident entrepreneur in a man’s world seeking to fulfill her calling. Wilson Merced is a rugged rancher who longs for peace from his tragic past.
Scattered among the coastal towns and missions of Old California are a few Americans and Europeans. Among them, a hide and tallow exporter named Tipton and his beautiful red-headed daughter, Alena. To the native Spanish Californios she is their Red Dove, their Americano princess. And every young bachelor wants her for his bride. Meanwhile, this untamed, romantic territory and its passionate people have captured her heart.
When tragedy strikes while she is visiting San Juan, Alena must quickly return to Monterey to investigate. Her traveling companion is a hide rancher who’s as rugged and remote as the California terrain and haunted by a memory that pushes him to stay single in this land of lovers.
Excerpt from western romance Christian fiction Red Dove of Monterey:
The gentle strum of the unseen guitar across the plaza below the veranda kept time with the crashing surf as it broke on the distant shore. Two black-shawled women sat on a worn wooden bench and stared at the moon’s gentle reflection on the bay.
“Dona Alena Louisa, would you like to come dance with me tonight?” The words filtered up through the shadows like chords from a favorite melody.
Alena leaned forward. “Don Fernando? Is that you?”
“Do you have others who pursue you to dance?” he called out.
The older woman next to Alena held a finger to her smiling lips. “Perhaps,” Alena replied.
Other western romance Christian fiction titles in the Old California series include: Last Swan in Sacramento and Proud Quail of the San Joaquin. If you enjoy this series, you will like The Heroines of the Golden West western romance Christian fiction series too.
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