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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Highland Press; First Edition edition (April 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980035600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980035605
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,821,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Diane was born Louise Diane Davis in Portland Oregon in 1944. Her family returned to Oklahoma after the war, then migrated to Long Beach California where she grew up.

She often says she was born writing. It was her first love from the time she could hold a pencil. Gifted with unbound imagination, she created stories to tell and to write, filling volumes with short stories and poems. Encouraged by her family and teachers, she planned a journalistic future. When she wasn't writing, she was reading, absorbing all she could about the art of creative writing.

Married at an early age, she put pen and paper away in exchange for raising a family and only returned to her art on the death of her beloved husband of thirty-four years. The loss of her husband was followed by the loss of her older son, and she found expression of her grief through writing poetry, which eventually evolved back into full length novel writing. She often visits her remaining son and her grandchildren in Arizona and Los Angeles, but thrives happily in the wide open prairie, having returned to her roots in Oklahoma.

Multiple times published, she is content to write her short stories and full length novels for print and e-book format. It gives her life an extra dimension and fulfills her love for the written word. You will find her at her computer just about anytime of day or night, pounding away on the keyboard, creating a lively tale of paranormal mayhem, or perhaps a poignant love story.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jo Webnar Author on July 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
I just finished "Moon of the Falling Leaves" by Diane Davis White, and I am amazed. It is obvious that Ms White did a lot of research for this western novel. To emphasize something in the story, she'll use a word from the Lakota Sioux dialog and than transparently fit the explanation into the story. It takes a real talent to accomplish that without breaking the rhythm.
"Moon of the Falling Leaves" is about a widow, Jessica, stranded with four children in the Rocky Mountains, and the Lakota Sioux warrior that finds them. Swift Eagle has many reasons to hate white people, but a dream tells him to befriend the family. He knows a blizzard is imminent so he moves them into an abandoned cabin. Rather than let them starve, he teaches the children and Jessica how to survive.
Swift Eagle slowly wins Jessica's heart and the devotion of her children, but another dream shows Jessica standing with a white man. Swift Eagle knows he must take her back to her people: their love is not meant to be. When he takes the family to a town, Jessica falls into the hands of unscrupulous people. What will happen to Jessica, her family, and Swift Eagle? You'll have to buy the book to find out.
This is a very talented writer who can spin words to create an earlier time. She will take you back to 1870 and keep you spellbound the entire novel. Diane weaves personality into her characters until you seem to know them, and the romance between Jessica and Swift Eagle slowly builds to a climax
It takes real talent to write a believable novel about 1870, but Diane White pulls it off without a problem. Can you tell that I really loved this novel?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sherrirbgr on April 10, 2012
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First off, I'm not a fan of formula Romance, i.e., girl meets boy, there's some reason they cannot be together, but in the end, "Love Conquers All." Even if it's well written (which this is), and there is good character development (which there is), I just need it to be more than "Love Conquers All" in the end.

So... I like this series, it's well written, good character development, and a pretty plausible plot. While I got the first book free, I did buy the second book. I like that she is writing about American Indians (Lakota to be specific), and his character feels pretty much like I would expect a Lakota to act, but "love conquers all" in the end is kind of hard to swallow. You know where the story is going when you leave the first chapter. She builds upon the characters, and she throws some twists in there, but all in all, she wraps it up too quickly with "Love Conquers All." How about dealing with all the issues that kept them apart throughout the book? How did they deal with the definitely expected racism? It doesn't occur in the book, even though there is plenty of chances for it.

I wasn't mesmerized and nor did I read the book every second I could. No late night reading on this one, but a great one to read before you fall asleep.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kerensa on July 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
Moon Of The Falling Leaves
By Diane Davis White


Jessica couldn't be worse off. Her husband's death just three days earlier has left her and her family unprotected against the coming winter with only a destroyed wagon for shelter. So when a handsome Lakota Warrior arrives claiming a vision showed him she would need his help she can only agree and keep a watchful eye on him. Perhaps too watchful she realizes as the tenderness he offers her children and his kindness to her begins to make her feel something other than just mere appreciation toward him. As her time with him grows so do the heated glances between them and she will have to decide if she can risk following what's in her heart.

The star crossed lovers of Diane Davis White's novel MOON OF FALLING LEAVES are the characters romance readers can't get enough of. With the mutual distrust forged between the Lakota people and the White's the two have enough riding against them from the beginning. Yet somewhere between Swift Eagle's kindness towards her children and the unquenchable passions he stirs in her, Jessica finds herself in love. It's this ability to not only transport her readers within her novel, but to make them feel connected to her characters that makes Ms. White's MOON OF FALLING LEAVES a historical romance readers will be beyond delighted to share with their friends.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gerri Bowen on August 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
The story takes place 1870 in the Rocky Mountains. Newly widowed Jessica Maxwell and her four children are surprised and frightened by the appearance of an Indian coming to their campsite. Swift Eagle is a Lakota Warrior coming to their aid because of visions that showed him he must help them. He has no idea why. He likes Whites no better than they like Indians. Since this is a romance, you know that by the end of the story the two will get together, but I admit I wondered if in fact they ever would or could be together. The author takes them all through dark, hard times before any happiness is shown. Historically correct, the issue of marriage between Indian and White was fraught with difficulty as well as danger, and is presented effectively enough that you can't see how it could be done.
I enjoyed reading how things were managed back then, and found it as interesting as the growing romance. The author captured Swift Eagle in words so well, I felt that I'd met him. Or it could have been the cover of the book, too! I loved the four children, and each one had their own personality. I liked and respected Jessica, and understood all her decisions. Near the end is a nail biter of a tale, and I had to finish it, to see how it all worked out. By then though, I'd become so fond of all the characters, I didn't want the story to end. The kind of book that when you finish, you're smiling, and looking to see if you have another read by this author. I hope there are more books like this in the future from Diane Davis White. I highly recommend Moon of the Falling Leaves.
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