Lisa T. Bergren concludes off her new young adult historical fiction series featuring a contemporary teen living an extraordinary adventure in 1840 California.
In Four Winds, seventeen-year-old Zara Ruiz meets a handsome ranchero – Javier de la Ventura – when she travels back in time to California, 1840. She finds true love, a family (his extended family), and adventure – her three wishes. But is staying in the past really her future?
When she tries to return to her own time, it doesn’t work. Then the Ventura ranch is attacked, and Zara and Javier’s younger brother Manuel are kidnapped. Although they are survive without life-threatening injuries, the experience causes Javier to wonder if Zara wouldn’t be safer returning to her own time. As much as he loves her, can he help her find her way back? It didn’t work last time but can she return now? Does she want to leave true love behind – and will she?
Bergren is known for her historical detailed research, strong plot development, and excellent characterization. Like her earlier River of Time series, she writes strong female characters who are independent yet vulnerable, with men who are chivalrous and handsome. Four Winds is a clean romance (no more than heated kisses) with adventure and plot twists a-plenty.
Her series have a strong sense of faith (evident but not preachy), courtly love, and family. Although self-published, Four Winds is another addition to Bergren’s growing list of young adult fiction.
Highly recommended for young adults, teens, and adult readers. Fans of young adult historical fiction will enjoy Bergren’s new series. Fans of her earlier River of Time series will be delighted with this addition. The first book in this series, Three Wishes, was reviewed in Summer 2016.
Carol R. Gehringer