Author Roderic Schmidt’s new book “Gaviota Beginnings” is a riveting work of historical fiction following three generations of men forging lives on the California coast

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Recent release “Gaviota Beginnings” from Page Publishing author Roderic Schmidt is an evocative saga that begins with a young Irish man’s flight from Dublin on a freighter bound for the Pacific, through his son and grandson as they found love, success, and challenges on California’s rugged central coast.

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Roderic Schmidt, a retired high school and college English teacher with a lifelong interest in historical fiction, has published his new book “Gaviota Beginnings”: a spellbinding tale of triumph and tragedy that keeps the pages turning until the satisfying conclusion.

“Gaviota Beginnings” traces the three generations of Californios beginning with Sean Michael O’Shea, who settles in the upstart community of Santa Barbara following his flight from the mountains north of Dublin. Sean Michael’s narrative quickly becomes the narrative of his son, Sean Miguel Lopez O’Shea, and finally ends with the story of Miguel Lopez O’Shea. Each in his turn helps us to understand both the joys and sorrows of the continuing strife that early Californios faced in this battleground of a central coast.

Published by Page Publishing, Roderic Schmidt’s engrossing book is a superb choice for avid historical fiction readers.

Readers who wish to experience this engaging work can purchase “Gaviota Beginnings” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

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