By Colleen Turner with A Literary Vacation
In 1827, when ten-year-old orphan Misha Alexandrov arrives at the Russian American Company’s colony in California, he is forced to step into his father’s shoes as a carpenter. But the boy must also overcome the tyrannical foreman’s hatred of half-breeds. Misha’s own craving for acceptance reveals a character flaw that will threaten his tenuous position even more. Patient instruction in his craft is provided by a gentle Russian carpenter, and an impetuous Kashaya Indian opens his eyes to the wonders of wood lore. On this remote coast of Alta California, a passion for the land takes root in his young heart, and he vows to do anything it takes to make the fortress colony his home. But he will discover that it takes more than personal courage to fulfill the vow.
Thoughts on the cover
Anyone who knows me well knows I LOVE historical fiction! My first impressions of this cover, with its muted colors and writing style, was that this was going to be a historical fiction novel and one that I wanted to know more about. Given the title I assumed it would be somehow based on Russian history, which I don’t know much about, and the building and dragon fly drawing intrigued me. All in all, it gives me enough information to draw me to the synopsis, and enough curiosity that I want to read more.
My initial rating based on cover: 4.0/5.0
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