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Five Star Expressions - The Awakening Fire Hardcover – May 13, 2004

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Adela has always wanted to belong. To that end, she decides to enter the novitiate of the Sisters of Charity in Santa Fe, where she was taken in as a six-year-old when her mother abandoned her. Returning from her first journey to solicit contributions for St. Vincent's Hospital, where she is a nurse, Adela discovers a wounded half-Apache in the desert and insists on hospitalizing him. She soon discovers that Ladino has his own agenda, which somehow involves her in a quest for vengeance. She is soon unwillingly drawn to him in spite of, or perhaps, because of, his dangerous undercurrents. Pounds has taken a classic romance plot device as the basis for her western historical romance, and, although she gets some of her facts about Catholicism wrong, she has done an exceptional job of creating a vivid picture of the times. Lynne Welch
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". . . an exciting, unusual story of a dangerous renegade and the brave woman who wins his heart. An abundance of historical detail creates a wonderful sense of atmosphere."
-- Rita Award-winning Author Susan Wiggs

"... an exceptional job of creating a vivid picture of the times."
--Booklist (May 2004) (Booklist 20040501)

"Fans of both western and Native American romances shouldn't miss this terrific tale."
--Romantic Times (May 2004) (Romantic Times 20040501)

"With vivid descriptions and thorough research, readers will feel like they are traveling with the characters... a powerful tale of faith, love and redemption."
--LoveRomances.com (May 2004) (Online 20040501)

Product Details

  • Series: Five Star Expressions
  • Hardcover: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star; 1 edition (May 13, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594142033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594142031
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By A Customer on June 26, 2004
Format: Hardcover
In 1882 New Mexico Territory, traveling nuns from the Sister of Charity accompanied by a novice find the near dead body of half-breed Christian Ladino lying next to a corpse. The women provide aid to Christian taking him to their St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe. However, when Christian holds a sister as hostage, the novice Adela Fremont bravely intercedes.
As Christian heals, he and Adela are attracted to one another. They are also connected through con artist and illegal gun seller Nigel Smeet. Christian wants to kill Nigel whose false testimony sent him to Alcatraz while Adela is linked through her mother married to Smeet's former partner. Adela learns that her stepfather, whom she never met, was murdered and her mother, who she has not seen in fifteen years, was abducted along with her stepbrother allegedly by the Apache. She turns to Christian for help though she is not sure she can trust her heart with him.
This entertaining western romance stars two delightful protagonists who feel their growing love is taboo for several reasons and need to avoid one another, but must work as a team if they are to rescue the youngster. The story line contains a whiff of mystery involving what happened to force Adela's mom to "hide" her child in a nunnery. The secondary players provide a feel for the era and Smeed is an incredibly manipulative villain getting lonely teens to do his bidding. Kelley Pounds furbishes an action-packed thriller that will please fans of the sub-genre.
Harriet Klausner
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