Timothy Beadle's father indentures him to a ship's captain and he is soon in Mid-Atlantic on his way to the far north-western shores of The New World. Padding the deck and climbing the rigging is exhilarating to the young English farm boy. The captain is a fair, God-fearing man who ensures Timothy also learns reading, writing and arithmetic. Strange islands and naked savages fill Timothy with curiosity and wonder. Fate has more changes in store for Timothy. As the ship sails home with holds full of rich furs, a cyclone hits and Timothy ends up on the shores of Spanish California. Rescued by a young Indian boy, Jaime, and treated by the village medicine woman, Timothy is taken before grey robed priests, who offer him sanctuary when a local official tries to imprison him as a pirate. Jaime had dreamed of Timothy's arrival months before. Both sense the blood bond that ties them together and they unite in an effort, led by Father Junipero Serra, to expand the catholic faith and Spain's control of the Californias.
*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*
First off I love how this book was written. The voice of the characters the reader follows just brings them to life. I was captivated into this story from the very beginning. I liked how the story went from Timothy's point of view to Father Serra. Eventually their stories intertwine and that was fun to read.
I really enjoyed Timothy's chapters because it was so interesting learning about him being on the ship. I have little sailing experience myself so I found all of it captivating. Readers who enjoy adventure should get this book. The characters are well developed and the plot is interesting enough to keep the story moving forward.
This book also has a lot of historical appeal. I love reading books set in the past and this book would be great for readers who enjoy that as well.
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