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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bride Wore Feathers
Could not put the book down. Danger, intrigue, ups and downs, passion and romance, without graphic sexual acts. All set in the context of Custer's last stand era. Keeping in mind this is fiction it was fairly accurate in its history. A must read for all who love historical, western romances. This would make an enjoyable movie. Good character development, too.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Case Where Finishing the Story Makes a Difference...
Originally published as Dakota Dream in 1991, the story begins with a great historical western premise - the (fictional) niece of Custer is found nearly drown by a Lakota warrior who nurses her back to health. The promising plot fades a bit as he chooses the most predictable method to warm her body - stripping her of her clothing and using his naked body. Most of the...
Published on October 12, 2012 by Amazon Customer


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Case Where Finishing the Story Makes a Difference..., October 12, 2012
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Originally published as Dakota Dream in 1991, the story begins with a great historical western premise - the (fictional) niece of Custer is found nearly drown by a Lakota warrior who nurses her back to health. The promising plot fades a bit as he chooses the most predictable method to warm her body - stripping her of her clothing and using his naked body. Most of the first half of this book continues with the same sort of treatment. While much of the plot is fresh, even now, it is given a trite twist with poor dialogue and a very unlikable, spoiled character in the heroine, Dominique Dubois.

However, the second half of the novel seems to have reawakened the storyteller in the author as not only does Dominique become more likable, even endearing, but she fleshes out a much better, noble hero in Jacob. The second half of the story definitely makes up for the slow, moving meandering plot in the beginning (which is why I gave it 3 stars). Unfortunately, many won't make it far enough to enjoy the character development. Not to mention the often confusing changes in point of view, mid-paragraph, where you are unsure whose eyes you are living through.

That said, I have read a few of Ms. Ihle's novels and I know that this is not the best representation of her work (see Untamed for a fun example of her work!) This is her first print-published book (by her own introduction) and she has progressed beyond this amateurish prose, growth that is noticeable from half-way through the novel. There are some stirring moments in The Bride Wore Feathers and a very detailed sense of place throughout helping the reader to vividly imagine the Dakota frontier as it may have been in 1876. Ms. Ihle has obviously done her historical research as well, depicting accurate details of the period, including Lakota traditions and ceremonies.

As a fiction novelist,([...] I know it is hard to separate from the characters we have created and allow the editor in our mind reign to change the story but this is a case where further revisions could have made the first half of the novel better.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bride Wore Feathers, September 13, 2012
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Could not put the book down. Danger, intrigue, ups and downs, passion and romance, without graphic sexual acts. All set in the context of Custer's last stand era. Keeping in mind this is fiction it was fairly accurate in its history. A must read for all who love historical, western romances. This would make an enjoyable movie. Good character development, too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow, October 15, 2012
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This book was a very slow read.  Typically a book this short  would have only taken me a day or two.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Certainly a keeper!, September 22, 2012
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I loved this book and I'm looking forward to reading 'Proud Ones, Book 2'. This book had it all- suspense, tragedy, humor, love and compassion. Of course, a romance can't be without sex; however, this was very tastefully done and not in excess. Our heroine survived so many adversities and emerged the stronger for them. Wonderful, poignant story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UNIQUE, April 4, 2013
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If you want an unusual adventure romance then read this! Interesting historical about Custer's last stand. A Lakota warrior and his niece were very entertaining and amusing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars OK, December 10, 2012
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Not a great read but for the price it was OK. It was slightly boring. Its a good book if you want to fall asleep at night
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1.0 out of 5 stars Yawn! Generalisations galore., November 11, 2012
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Good grief! This hit every generalisation of Indigenous Americans.
I gave up very quickly and could not be bothered to complete it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars reading grandma, October 7, 2012
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The book was very well written. I enjoyed it very much. It had enough to the content to make you come back and read more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story and romance as always, July 19, 2014
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A relative of General Custer becomes romantically involved with a white man who spent many years living with the Lakota (Sioux) Indians. He saves her life and then he takes her to a fort. She knows him at this point as Redfoot so she doesn't realize it is him later when he shows up at the fort as Jake. She grows close to him despite some misunderstandings due to the fact he doesn't know how to read. He has been using the information he learns at the fort to help keep his tribe safe. When she realizes he and Redfoot are the same man he takes her back to his tribe so that can continue to work at the fort. But how can he keep her safe from others who would love to make her their woman and from the one who has her eye on him. This was a great historical romance set around the backdrop of Custer's last stand.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars If you like LONG sex scenes you'll like this book., October 2, 2012
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I am a history teacher so I like books to be historically acurate. This one is not. Weak story line and long pages of sex scenes. Definately not for the more mature reader - you know, "Been there, done that!"
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