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Chasing the Wind

(California Rising #3)

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As California come to statehood amidst the madness of the gold rush, Isabella Vasquez must wed a buckskin-clad American who wins her in a card game. Though their union is passionate, Isabella soon finds herself abandoned in a brothel, where she rises to fame as a singer known as the Bluebird. Yet because of her Indian blood, the Bluebird will always be bought and sold in t ...more
Paperback, 370 pages
Published March 20th 2018 by West Butte Publishing
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Nicole
One of the BEST books I've ever read!!! Read this book now!!!

Chasing the Wind (2018) by Paula Scott is the third and final novel in her California Rising series. This book comes in all forms including eBook, and is 423 pages in length. With a full-time job and a very precocious five-year old at home, this novel took me four days to read. I received a review copy of this novel in eBook form from the author via Just Read Publicity Tours. In no way has this influenced my opinion of the book. The op
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Jul 11, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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A beautiful, half-Indian girl raised by the Californios finds her fate intertwined with an American frontiersman haunted by his past in 1850 California.

As California comes to statehood amidst the madness of the gold rush, Isabella Vasquez must wed a buckskin-clad American who wins her in a card game. Though their union is passionate, Isabella soon finds herself abandoned in a brothel, where she rises to fame as a singer known as the Bluebird. Yet because
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Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
Never in my wildest book dreams did I think I would read about a marriage starting from a poker game! But as crazy as that sounds, it totally worked in this novel. It was really the only way that Peter and Isabella would end up together with Peter’s dislike of Indians. From that first night together it was obvious they were meant to be, that God had put them together. But Peter, poor Peter. Sometimes I just wanted to reach my hand in the book and shake him. One minute he was this sweet, caring m ...more
Beth Erin
Full series review on Faithfully Bookish

Like many historical fiction fans, I go absolutely gaga over rarely explored (or new-to-me) settings! While territorial California isn't the exclusive setting, the California Rising series is an ode to California's roots and growing pains. This third and final book of the series is an epic culmination (although it can certainly be read separately, I recommend investing the time in these characters, completely worth it).

This series is loaded with nuggets of
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Suzie Waltner
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With rich historical detail and descriptions, readers get a sense of life in California as it is on the verge of becoming a state. Wars with Californios and Indians, the gold rush, and unsettled land once made this land both exciting and dangerous.
Scott doesn’t shy away from writing about the consequences of her character’s actions and decisions, especially when those go against the Lord’s prodding. There are some hard truths in this book—sin exists, prejudice is real, and ignoring God’s voice l
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Bree
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really good book. I found that it had grit and faith, nicely balanced together. We as readers learn a lot about Isabella and Peter throughout the story. They both have extreme growth and are well written.
I love the history in this novel and wish it wasn't the last book, and the first one for me to read. It was as if I could see the history playing out in my mind from the details in the novel. The author did a wonderful job of making me crawl into the pages as a character and live the
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April
4.5 Stars!

Sweeping, aching and incredibly hard to put down; Chasing the Wind is a grand finale to the series.

Scott knows how to write compelling stories, that go deep and show us all our need for a Savior. Grace... Love... Mercy and forgiveness...
Rosanne Lortz
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dragged to the gold fields by her greedy father, Isabella Vasquez soon finds herself lost in a card game to a frontiersman named Peter Brondi. Falling in love with Peter, she is determined to make him a good wife, but he has his own reservations about whether their marriage was a legal one. One of Kit Carson's men, Peter has been fighting Indians all his life, and he's not about to endure the mockery of having a half breed for a wife. Despite a clear word from God to take her with him, Peter aba ...more
Phyllis
Chasing the Wind has a strong message of God’s grace and forgiveness. The story had some elements of the Prodigal Son, though it was hard to tell if Peter was the Prodigal or the elder brother.

I was drawn into the story from the beginning. The style of writing was very engaging and it had an interesting plot. I liked the character development as well.

The story was not what I had been expecting. It was a lot rawer than I have come to expect from Christian fiction, and I have to confess that there
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Lori
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow is all I can say. This book is so rich in history. And the romance has so many curves and twists. Many times, I wasn’t sure where it was going. But Paula Scott did such a fabulous job of weaving the love story among the history that it was hard to put the book down. I learned a lot about the times. In this book relationships are not as easy as 1 2 3. There is a lot of learning to rely on God and giving our lives over to him. Standing firm in the Lords footsteps is the only way that we as bel ...more
Rosalyn
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an intriguing story about the wild west.
A forced marriage. Misunderstandings.
Disagreements between family members.
Finding God.
These and so many other elements come together to make this an interesting read.
I think Isabella was my favorite character in this story. Her beauty and strength combine to make an unusual and very captivating character.

Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not require
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Dorothy Beer
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chasing thezwind

An interesting story. The gold,rush days saw a lot of drinking and gambling. Winning Isabelle in a card game was,not what Peter expected or wanted. With his background, he felt he wasn't fit to have a,wife and family. Varied characters, both good and,bad. Unexpected turns, of events. Everything works out in the end Peter is reunited to both his,father and brother. Reading this type of,story makes me glad I didn't grow up in those unsettled times. I gave it 4 stars
Allison
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it

The third book in the series, Scott does it again, this time finishing the story with the youngest Vasquez, Isabella. She's a quiet, beautiful girl.
I hated what happened to her and really wondered how God would redeem the entire lot.
Scott's writing is captivating. I love that she writes a Christian story while staying true to real world struggles and not hiding behind a curtain of "propriety."

I highly recommend all three books in this series.
Michael Ross
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well executed plot and characters

Paula has written an engaging story of love, rivalry, and revenge. Isabella, a continuing character from the first two novels finds herself alone and forlorn. The cry of her heart is to be loved, and not abandoned. Peter Brondi and his brother Paul love her, leave her and come again - but who will she choose? Paula keeps you guessing right to the end - will forgiveness and love triumph, or bitterness and envy? You’ll have to read to find out!
Jeanne  Brewer
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Coming of age in young California

Faith-filled, this book set during the Gold Rush has it all. Men at their shining best and greedy worst. Women trying to survive the times in which they lived. And everyone eventually coming to accept God's will, with a lone exception who epitomizes the stark reality of brutish survival for those who deny the Lord a place in their lives.
Cynthia Houser
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chasing the Wind

I thoroughly enjoyed this series. It is fabulous! The characters are interesting and engaging. I didn't want to put this book down and now I am disappointed because I am finished. It was a difficult life, but Peter and Isabella found love and peace that only God can bring.
Grammy3
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Glorious love story

I truly enjoyed this book. It is the first story I have read in the series. All of the characters seemed real, as if I was watching a movie. I worried, cried and rejoiced many time while reading. I consumed the story in one sitting and it consumed me. My only regret was the lack of an epilogue.
Brittaney Borman
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was riveted from the first chapter. I really enjoyed the first book of this series, but believe the author just got better with each successive book. Although I really hope Paula Scott will write Pina's story, if not, this is an excellent end for a wonderful series.
Dayton Wickline
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good story ,good characters and the background in ca. Was wonderful ,great plot.
Crystal Bradford
Amazing!

I'm not a reader of romance, but this pulled me in immediately! Thank you for allowing me to live in Peter and Isabella's world for a short time!
Leah
So good! I couldn’t put it down as I had to finish it.
Denise Murphy
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing

I could not put this book done then I learned you are coming to Marysville historic fair i would like to me you in person ! Great Book! Thanks Denise
Amy
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finally finished this book. I'm not sure why it took me so long to get around to reading it, especially when I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in this series. But... sometimes life just gets in the way.

This was a great book! I highly recommend it. It had me pretty much at the edge of my seat the whole way through. Every time I got a little comfortable with what was happening, the author would throw in a twist to the plot. It was nerve-wracking!! Get ready to feel emotion!! This story w
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Paula has a background in journalism. A fifth-generation Californian, her great-great grandmother came to California in a covered wagon and married a California farmer. Paula’s family has been farming ever since. Paula works on her family's stone fruit farm, writes historical and contemporary fiction, and blogs about life, love, and farming at paulascott.com.

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