- Series: Signet Eclipse
- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Signet (January 3, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451216865
- ISBN-13: 978-0451216861
- Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1 x 6.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,516,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dakota Dreams (Signet Eclipse) Mass Market Paperback – January 3, 2006
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With her parents recently dead and Apache Marteen wanting rancher Catharine Lyons as his woman, she so far she has refused him using the excuse that her man is coming for her though she knows she will not have much time left to say no. She either must return to Boston or he will take her as her brother Mark is no protection. When a near dead Chasing Elk reaches her ranch at about the same time as Marteen and his retinue of braves, she claims he is her husband. The stranger agrees. As Catharine nurses Chasing Elk back to physical health and he begins to work the ranch, an attraction between them arises. However, Marten wants him dead; the law wants him in prison; Chasing Elk wants his daughter; Catharine wants his love. However, first his mind must heal if he lives long enough.
DAKOTA DREAMS is a tense Indian romance starring a courageous heroine and a battered male with demons screaming at him to avenge the death of his wife and to bring his daughter home, which he wants to believe, is at Catharine's ranch. The character driven tale is loaded with plenty of action as the key players will converge in a showdown. Though the support cast seems somewhat one dimensional, Madeline Baker's latest nineteenth century star-crossed romance contains a fresh fun story line.
With her parent's untimely death, Catharine Lyons is left with the responsibility to run the family ranch by herself. Apache Marteen is convinced that Catharine should be his wife. She keeps him at a distance by telling him that her future husband is soon to arrive.
When Catharine finds a man close to death, she sees it as the perfect opportunity to say that Nathan Chasing Elk is the man that she has been waiting for. She takes him in, and tends his wounds. When she learns that he is an escape convict, it doesn't extinguish the growing feelings she is developing towards Nathan.
When Nathan is well enough to travel, she insists that she go with him into Lakota Territory to find his daughter, and help prove his innocence. The journey will be one that is assured to be filled with danger, will the two of them be able to survive and clear Nathan's name?
Madeline Baker is the queen of historical romance. It is hard to find another author who puts so much depth and emotion in her books that allows you to play out each scene she writes in her books in your head. She is an author who has always held a high place on my keeper's shelf. DAKOTA DREAMS is an exceptional romance; you immediately fall in love with Nathan and Catharine. You will find yourself holding your breath as you turn the next page in anticipation to see what happens. A book such as DAKOTA DREAMS is a shiny example at what this author is capable of achieving.
This is a nice mix of a few historical facts about Native Americans and a love story. Nathan Chasing Elk is a good man, wrongfully charged. Ms. Baker makes his character very realistic. He is still grieving the loss of his wife and feels guilty because he hasn't been there for his daughter. He's also determined to get his daughter back and find the man who killed his wife.
The other lead character, Catherine, is a young woman living in a strange land with a missing brother. She also has extreme challenges trying to keep the Apache chief from claiming her as his wife. Everyone in the story has some baggage from the past to settle. Watching how Ms. Baker's characters manage to get past the problems and work towards settling their lives down for the future is part of the fun of the read.
The author puts her two lead characters together by need, but soon the sexual tension between them grows. Adding Nathan's daughter to the mix creates an even more interesting situation because she testified against him and is afraid of him, and she hampers the romance.
The author's descriptions of the land paint a lovely picture in your mind and you can understand why the Indians wanted to retain the land they hunted and lived in. She's also very good at adding new side stories to the main story as you read along which enhances your interest in the story.
The story flows well, the situations described are plausible and you're not sure just how this story is going to end until you read the last pages. It was a very good read.
Originally posted at the Long and Short Of It Romance Reviews
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