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Dream Walker by [Brotherton, Velda]
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"In this compelling romance, (the author) pairs her heroine with a soldier-hero who can't deny the wounds created by his culture. A strong, powerful read" 4 Stars - Romantic Times
"...graphic descriptions of the hardship of traveling by wagon train combined with (the author's) insightful details of slavery, written with sensitivity and cleverness, make this story a romantic prize worth keeping. It shimmers with sensuality, and the plot glows with so much emotion the reader can't help but feel all of it." Rendezvous

From the Author

Writing this book originally came from research about the Cherokee Trail and meeting famous carver Ivan Denton who, in 1989 at the age of 61, made a  historic horseback ride along the Cherokee Trail from Arkansas to California. He shared his adventures and photos with me. I was struck by the beauty of that route, and had to include it in a book. 
Having descended from Cherokees,  I wanted to know more about how the Cherokee and white businessmen of Fayetteville joined together in 1849 to finance a train that would blaze a new, safer and shorter trail to the California gold mines. Their main goal was to discover gold and bring it back home with them. This didn't always work out. But they did manage to blaze a trail that would later be used to drive cattle west. 
I imagined what a half-Cherokee woman who, as a child had been herded along the Trail of Tears by soldiers, would react to being saved from slavery by an ex-soldier.
And this is how Dream Walker was born. Originally titled Trail to Forever, it was published by Topaz in the late 90s. Because of Rachel's ability to walk in the dreams of those troubled by the restless spirits of their guilt, I renamed it Dream Walker, not aware of how popular that name is. That taught me a valuable lesson. Use a title that no one else has thought of. Not easy, but maybe doable. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 524 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Velda Brotherton (June 22, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 22, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005AXY89Q
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,055,327 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I do not, generally speaking, care for romances unless they're either very funy or deep with real characters. Velda Brotherton is one of the few authors of romance novels I will read, because her characters are fully formed people with troubles from the past that interfere with the present, just like all of us walking around in bodies here on earth.

I also get annoyed with supposedly historical novels that get the history wrong. Velda takes great care to get the historical details correct. I find myself wanting to know more about the time and being to empathize with what it must have been like to ride west in a wagon train before the west was overrun with white folk.

This is a beautiful story. I absolutely loved it and look forward to reading more of Velda's books.
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Dream Walker is an absorbing historical romance that displays Velda Brotherton's gift for drawing her reader into the story. From feeling Daniel's conflict over Rachel, to understanding Rachel's clash of cultures, to being right on the trail with them, Ms. Brotherton's beautiful and descriptive prose puts the reader in the middle of everthing that happens on the trail to California. I highly recommend it!
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"Hear that,Injun," Doaks snarled. "They don't want me to kill ye. What do you think?" She wanted to cry out that she was a white as she was red. White like her father. It would mean nothing to these men. To them it only took a drop of her mother's blood to make her a filthy Injun. Instead she steeled herself to take her punishment from Doaks. This time she had gone too far and he would probably beat her. But not much, she knew, because he enjoyed her waiting on him hand and foot. She would get back at him sooner or later. The chance would come, he would have to sleep. When he did she would cut off his privates and feed them to him for breakfast. Fried.

Rachel `Winter Dawn' Keye was indeed half white and half Cherokee. She had been sold to the lowlife Doaks by her own half brother but the slavery she was sold into was about to come to an end. There was a wagon train leaving for the gold fields of California and she planned to be on it. She thought she had found her escape in Daniel Wolfe who would be traveling with the train partway and then heading north for Oregon. It turns out that Daniel wants no part of her and ends up turning her out.

This might have been a setback for Rachel but it wouldn't hold her back. She was determined to make it to California, forget her Injun side and become a white woman. She couldn't wait to enjoy everything that came with being white. The fancy dresses, pretty houses and the handsome men coming to call. She would never return to the part of her that was always looked down upon. The part of her that was Cherokee.

I don't normally read romance novels. I go in for the actions of who-done-it and leave the loving to other readers.
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Velda Brotherton can spin a tale like no other. You become so engrossed with the story that when you look up, you're surprised to be in the 21st century. Ms. Brotherton's magical prose grabs you at the first word of the the story and doesn't let you up for air until you read: The End.
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Dream Walker literally begins at a run as the heroine attempts to flee her captor. The pace never slows as the events unfold. Velda Brotherton brings her knowledge of the history and people of western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma to bear on this story set during the westward expansion between the Trail of Tears and the Civil War. It's a great read, and you'll enjoy the ride from the first page to the last.
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