Jilted by love, in 1834 Cara Lindsay sails from Boston to Mexico’s rugged California to begin a new life with a favorite aunt. Heartbroken to learn her aunt has died, she takes a companionship position to the wife of Don Miguel Navarro, the tough and irresistible owner of a major inland rancho.
Prior to her arrival, Miguel’s wife had suffered a permanent brain injury in a suspicious fall, and the lonely ranchero’s heart opens to Cara’s kindness and beauty like parched earth to rain.
Yet love may break Cara’s heart again, for she would never be any man’s mistress. She needs to leave, but dark undercurrents she doesn't understand flow around her. Native superstition says when the ranch bells ring and an eagle cries, someone dies, and several have. Until ships sail for Boston months away, she’s trapped in the midst of danger and an impossible love.
When next the bells ring and the eagle cries, will she be the one to die?
SNIPPET FROM CHAPTER 5
They were the only bits of human life on the barren flatlands when she first heard the bells. Their distant, deep-throated pleading brought a sudden whorl of wind that whipped her skirts against the toes of Cara's shoes as she walked and spun the dust into a phantom eddy under the curtaining sky.
The horses whinnied and pawed, flinging their manes and flaring their nostrils against, she thought then, the stirred scents of that glorious and wild country. Ramon moved to quiet them.
From somewhere what must have been a large bird screamed. At that cry, Maria gave a little groan of fear, crossing herself and pulling her dark shawl protectively tighter while her hands fumbled for her rosary...
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