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Winner of the best Historical Fiction of 2016 at the annual Beverly Hills Book Awards(R).

In her latest novel, award-winning author Barbara Crane's provides a vivid picture of the people who once lived in Los Angeles, their sorrows and their triumphs. American immigrants, Mexican Californios, Tongva/Gabrieleno Indians and Spanish padres come to life in her imaginative re-te
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Paperback, 350 pages
Published May 14th 2016 by Lagoon House Press, LLC
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Abigail Bok
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't read a lot of westerns, but this historical novel ticks the boxes of what I imagine the genre to require. There's a silent protagonist trying to make his way in a gritty and unforgiving world; there are people of greater or lesser moral turpitude who highlight his essential goodness; and all must confront the Wild in order to find a way to survive. And all of this made me wish I read more westerns, because reading this book was such an absorbing and satisfying experience.

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Louis
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sometimes a writer cannot resist showing off their research. Any book, particularly a historical novel, requires a great deal of reading if the past it presents is realistic. Often this is a problem because it means the author forgot to come up with a compelling plot. This does not have to be the case, as Barbara Crane proves in When Water Was Everywhere. Set in 1840s Los Angeles, her novel uses the realization of the Californios that the U
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Romalyn Tilghman
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When Water was Everywhere is rich in observations about the California landscape, its history, and its foliage. Crane does a superb job of reminding us that challenges of love and power, greed, Mother Nature, and authority are not limited to 21st century life. She deftly manages points of view as diverse as a young Tongva Indian woman, an aging priest, and a wealthy rancher.. Her descriptions are lush, perhaps best exemplified in the admiration of passion flowers. As stories overlap and converge ...more
Nancy Shepherd
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: history buffs
Recommended to Nancy by: goodreads
There is a tremendous amount of history in this book. I learned a great deal about the missions in California and the Mexico/Texas conflict. We get the story from different characters...a transplant from Missouri, a padre at the local mission, and various others. I found it a bit difficult to follow at times, but in the long run, I am glad I stayed with it.
I received my copy free through Goodreads giveaway.
Glenna Morrison
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love to read historical fiction, especially when I learn something new. This story is set in early California and weaves the story of four individuals: an wealthy rancher, a transplanted easterner, a native american and a mission padre. Despite being engrossed in the lives of these four characters, I enjoyed the glimpse into life in California before the movie cameras rolled in. The history was fascinating to this Canadian.
Eileen
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I won this book as a Good reads first read. I found this book to be very interesting and I liked the approach used in telling the story.
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Barbara Crane is an author with dual passions that straddle the centuries. She merges her two passions in her award-winning novel, "When Water Was Everywhere." The early California landscape and the people who occupy it are longingly recalled in descriptions of a time when water truly was everywhere--in rivers that rendered the vast plain a marsh; in underground streams that provided abundant drin ...more