Shadow Valley

by Ruth Richard Begnaud



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/26/2003

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 228
ISBN : 9781410783370

About the Book

Thomas Edwards, former Confederate prisoner-of-war has journeyed to California with his family. His father John, whose once prosperous Louisiana plantation was destroyed during the war, seeks help buying a hacienda with the help of friend, Don Carlos. For Thomas, the Southern California heat wards off bitter, haunting memories of freezing prison camp life on Johnson’s Island, Ohio near the Canadian border.

At the request of the Jesuit Antoine Doiron, Thomas escorts Franciscan Padre Rodrigo and catechist Clare to the San Fernando Valley to minister to it’s Christians. The former soldier accepts trips to escape his mother’s prodding to commit to beautiful Monique. He loves Monique but feels he isn’t ready for marriage. He also feels the pull of the valley and its warmth, but learns Valley has shadows of its own.

Thomas is loved by a second woman, secretly but when the hunt for Miguel, accused of murder, ends in tragedy, Thomas flees into mountains and desert. Here he confronts the tortured ghost of his past.

About the Author

Ruth Richard Begnaud, Journalist, New Orleans native, lived six years almost within shadows of California’s restored San Fernando Mission, San Fernando Valley. Love of history, adventure and romance helped spring to life characters for her story.

Ms. Begnaud now lives in St. Louis, Missouri.