In this epic novel about the enterprising Mission Era of
California, the author presents a compelling account of the courage of one
“yankee”, who is cast among the Spanish padres, as they attempt to
simultaneously satisfy the many demands of their government and their church.
Based largely on historic facts, the story tells of the
arrival of the young “yankee”, of his unexpected impact on the padre’s
endeavors, as well as on the culture of the Native Americans. It relates an
intriguing story of the colorful and fascinating events, which ultimately lead
to the entry of California into the union of the United States. By the use of
interesting characterizations, many taken from actual history, the novel
creates a powerful sense of involvement in this hectic period of history.
The novel’s main character, Charles Morgan, his marriage to
the daughter of the Vice Governor, his involvement with several obsessive
padres, including one having struggles with his own sexuality, will fascinate
the reader. This novel is a “must read” for those who are history buffs, those
fascinated by romantic tales, and those who enjoy stories of adventure.
“Morgan’s Mission”, with its many facets, will please all.