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Daughter of Madrugada
by Frances Wood
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0440416442, Paperback)Cesa de Haro loves the land—the vast and beautiful Rancho del Valle de la Madrugada, the Ranch of the Valley of the Dawn—where she and her family live. It’s where Cesa was born, the only home she has ever known, and the place where her mother died eight years ago. The ranch is Cesa’s world.
But that world is threatened when Mexico loses the 1846 war with the United States. Upper California, and the de Haro family’s ranch with it, now belongs to foreigners—the Americans. Each day more of them arrive in California, hungry for gold and for land. Now it is up to Cesa to assume her mother’s role as mistress of the ranch and help to preserve her family’s way of life. But will the sacrifice it requires be more than she’s willing to make?
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:36:35 -0400)
Thirteen year-old Cesa has a wonderful life in the California of the 1840s, even if her great-aunt wants her to learn to fill a woman's place when she would rather ride the land. But her world is changing. Mexico has lost Upper California to the United States, and foreigners keep arriving, looking for land and gold.
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