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Posted September 5, 2007
Something different and something definitely worth reading. A tale of two people from two cultures that dominated the American southwest at the time that Spain lay claim to it. Ahuila, an Apache woman, comes into contact with the Franciscan monks who are working to establish new missions in her tribe's territory. She is drawn in particular to one called Fray Marcos because of his golden hair. Hiding her identity, she joins the group and watches him and bides her time. She plans to offer him as a sacrifict to her father's spirit. Fray Marcos was a former member of a minor aristocratic family until he felt the call to serve God. Much against his family's wishes, he joined the Franciscans and was sent to serve in the Spanish territories in the New World. He notices Ahuila watching him and begins to worry about his own feelings the could force him out of his Brotherhood. This is a tale I wouldn't hesitate to recommend. It offers a look at several conflicts that would have occurred during this period between cultures and the individual from those cultures. Talented author Florence Byham Weinberg has created a wonderfully lifelike cast of characters with definite personalities who will pull you into their world and make you believe it could have happened exactly like this. I'm glad I had the chance to read and recommend it highly.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 6, 2006
'Apache Lance, Franciscan Cross' is riveting novel of historical fiction about a Franciscan Friar, Fray Marcos, and an Apache woman warrior, Ahuila. Set in the area of the San Antonio River in 1731, this tale of both the clash and attraction of two cultures is sure to transport its readers. Author Florence Weinberg is writing in her element, which includes a vast and studied background history of the American Southwest, particularly the San Antonio area. She has also taught and traveled in Canada, Germany, France and Spain, in addition to teaching French and Spanish at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N. Y., and Trinity University in San Antonio. The complexity of the underlying cultures, both Native American, (multi tribal including Apache, Comanches, and others), and European (including French and Spanish influences), is fully explored in this well- researched historical novel. Characters are more than believable, there is a fascinating love story, and action is packed with portent. If you like historical novels, you will love 'Apache Lance, Franciscan Cross.' But even more, if you appreciate a fine historical novel built on absolutely faultless research, 'Apache Lance, Franciscan Cross' will draw you in as surely as a hummingbird is drawn to its blossom. This is a fine example of the genre, one of the best of its kind. In addition, the reading of this book will help to preserve Las Misiones, a group of four colonial era Spanish mission churches in San Antonio built during the 18th century. A portion of the proceeds from the purchase of the book go to Las Misiones Capital Campaign, led by Old Spanish Missions, Inc. to restore the churches of Mission San Jose, Mission Concepcion, Mission Espada, and Mission San Juan. A form for voluntary donations is found at the end of the book, or those who are interested may contact Las Misiones Capital Campaign, P.O. Box 28410, San Antonio, TX 78228.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.