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Yakimali's Gift

Linda Covella

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ISBN 10: 0692579834 / ISBN 13: 9780692579831
Published by Linda Covella, 2015
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Title: Yakimali's Gift

Publisher: Linda Covella

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

Edition: Second - Newly Edited Interior ed.

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*Gold Medal and Seal of Approval from Literary Classics: "well researched and beautifully told...a literary treasure."*RONE (Reward of Novel Excellence) Honorable Mention: "shines light on a little-known part of history and invites the reader to experience it first-hand."*2015 Books of the Year for Teen/Historical/Romance from*The Historical Novel Society: "Covella's extensive research into the culture and society of the Spanish-settled New World is worked seamlessly into a very human story."It's 1775 in Mexico, New Spain, and 15-year-old Fernanda Marquina, of Spanish and Pima Indian ancestry, can't seem to live up to her mother's expectations or fit into the limited female roles of her culture. To escape, Fernanda grabs any opportunity to ride the horses she loves. At a greater cost than she could ever have imagined, her dream of adventure in faraway lands is realized. With her family, Fernanda joins Juan Bautista de Anza's historic colonization expedition to California. On the arduous four-month journey, Fernanda makes friends with Feliciana, the young widow Fernanda can entrust with her deepest thoughts; Gloria, who becomes the sister Fernanda always wished for; and Gloria's handsome brother Miguel, gentle one moment, angry the next and, like Fernanda, a mestizo--half Indian and half Spanish. As Fernanda penetrates Miguel's layers of hidden feelings, she's torn between him and Nicolas, the Spanish soldier hoping to win her heart. But propelling Fernanda along the journey is her search for Mama's Pima Indian past, a past Mama refused to talk about, a past with secrets that Fernanda is determined to learn. The truths she discovers will change the way she sees her ancestry, her family, and herself.

From the Author:

I want to thank my readers. You're the reason I spin my stories. I hope with Yakimali's Gift you're transported to another time and place while finding something of yourself in Fernanda's story.
I learned about the Anza expedition when I was researching a story about children telling how and why their ancestors settled in the United States. When I decided to write Yakimali's Gift and delved into the research, I was fascinated to learn that the colonization occurred during the time of the American Revolution and some seventy years before the often-told story of the east-to-west migration of pioneers. This further inspired me to write about this little known, but important, part of California and U.S. history.
I was shocked to learn that several women chose to take the journey even though they were in advanced stages of pregnancy. I wanted to know more about the women and their children, who made up more than half the number of colonists. Why had they left their homes to emigrate to California? I began to imagine--and research--what life was like on that first march along the Anza trail, and the story of Fernanda and her journey was born.
Just as we see today, there were race issues in 18th century Mexico, New Spain, and that interested me as well in writing my story. Most people of mixed heritage (typically Spanish and Indian) wished to be named Spaniard. Those with the "purest" Spanish blood enjoyed many societal privileges, thus people often claimed to have more Spanish ancestry than they actually did.

Fernanda's story is one of discovery: her place in the Spanish world and in the Pima Indian world, her views on race and religion, her connection to family. And as a teenage girl curious about love and romantic relationships, she discovers that on her journey as well.

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