The Proud Breed Author:Celeste De Blasis An untamed woman... a fearless man... a virgin land... a family dynasty... here it THE PROUD BREED, a sweeping, three-generational saga of the making of California. — THE PROUD BREED is first and last the story of the enduring love between a strong woman and an equally strong man, a love tempered by time and grief and joy. It is also about their ... more »intense love affair with California, a strange, enchanting land caught up in the nineteenth century in the struggle between the proud Californios and the land-hungry Yankees and outsiders who would annex the territory and forever alter the gentle, peaceful Californio way of life.
At its heart stand Tessa and Gavin Ramsay. Teresa Maria Julieta Margarita Macleod y Amarista Ramsay, black-haired, violet-eyed and fiercely independent daughter of Californio aristocrat and English blood, herself represents the conflicting strains converging on the wildly lovely and equally untamed territory. And Gavin Ramsay, strong, resourceful and courageous Yankee trader, is Tessa's proper match in pride and mettle.
THE PROUD BREED is the moving and dramatic story of Tessa and Gavin's fierce passion for each other as it grows, matures and is annealed by the harrowings they experience together in the burgeoning California they both love. Writing with superb storytelling gifts and that passion for her native California that gives the saga it's grand sweep, rich texture, and absolute authenticity, Celeste De Blasis has created characters whose destiny will echo in the reader's heart and mind.« less