The deathbed promise made six years earlier to care for Padre Tomas' child of his heart, compelled Don Sebastian to place her in a convent in Boston. He hoped the nuns would curb the forceful will that continually clashed with his own. Now, like a thunderbolt, her unannounced arrival reveals how utterly the nuns failed in their assigned task.
The political climate is critical. He fears that she chose a treacherous time to return. His secrets as a former vigilante are as numerous as the scars on his back. Keeping the deathbed promise to guardian Chenoa is uppermost in his mind, even as an old enemy threatens his land and life. Will his desperate gamble destroy or ensure the future? The choices he has to make could be fatal.
Barely ten years between Chenoa and Don Sebastian, these two headstrong people must confront the sparks of hostility and magnetism--or they will not survive.
About the Author
After graduating from Northwood University, she spent the next years in the woodlands of Northern Michigan relishing the beauty of the Au Sable River as her family grew. She swapped out the Royal for a thirty-pound Olympic that stayed put when typing.
Karen loves research, history, and tales of convoluted lives. She weaves all this against the backdrop of a by-gone era and tosses in plenty of problems to solve. Her novels involve young women blundering through the social constraints of the 18th and 19th Centuries.
She and husband Charlie divide their time between golf courses in Michigan and Florida.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite Mission Song: Chenoa's Story, Book 2 from the Ladies of Mischief series is a lovely historical fiction by Karen Dean Benson. Impetuous twelve-year-old Chenoa Sandoval’s adopted father, Padre Tomas, dies and she reluctantly goes to live with Don Sebastian at his ranch in Monterey. Her unruly behavior forces Don Sebastian to send her to a convent to be educated. Chenoa returns unexpectedly at age eighteen, retaining some of the stubbornness she left with. Don Sebastian isn’t thrilled, but headstrong Chenoa returns home. When the new, unscrupulous governor gives him a threatening ultimatum, Don Sebastian’s painful, hidden past resurfaces. He suffers more anguish after Chenoa is abducted and he remembers the deathbed promise he made to Padre Tomas. The protagonist fondly reminisces on her life in Mission Song. It is beautifully written by Karen Dean Benson and is so poignant with a rich historical setting. Mexico once owned California and it was nice to learn more about this significant time in history in such a nice way. Chenoa briefly narrates in the beginning of the story with strong emotions. The rest of her tale is an exciting account of the events that occurred in her life and how she learned to cope with some of them. I was fond of a few of the characters and loved Mrs. MacFie’s Scottish vernacular. Mission Song: Chenoa's Story is Book 2 from the Ladies of Mischief series that makes for a delightful read.