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"The Real Rose"
on March 19, 2015
Cecily Peterson was sixteen when her mother married her step-father, a year before she died. Her mother was a widow for six-years and lonely after Cecily's father died. Her step-father is a drunkard loafer. He spent the small savings her mother inherited, and nearly ruined her father’s business. Everyone in Corryville, SD, knew that Cecily did most of the work at the feed store that had been her late father’s. Cecily tried to tell her mother about her step-father who couldn’t keep his hands off her, but to no avail. Her mother didn’t want to hear.
Tate Winthrop is a Native American, a full-blooded Lakota Sioux. His mother Leta lives on the Wapiti Ridge Sioux Reservation in one of the few houses with all the modern conveniences. Tate is a wealthy man who ensures his mother lacks for nothing. Tate lives part-time on a ranch outside the reservation, but mostly lives in Washington, DC, working for the government. Tate doesn’t like most people, and stays clear of white women to keep his family's pure Lakota blood line. If he must marry, it would be within a Sioux tribe for the family blood line, but he is in no rush. Cecily is a soft spot in his heart, and when her mother died, Cecily went to him rather than anyone else, but her bond with him didn’t become a reality until after her mother passed away. Cecily was always interested in his ancestry. Leta and Tate would spend hours teaching her about the Lakota Sioux. Cecily is bright and has the instinct for Indian Culture.
Tate was waiting for an order he placed at the Feed Company when he saw a truck stop near the barn where he kept his filly. Cecily got out of the truck and approached Tate with an invoice for him to sign. Tate helped Cecily unload the truck when he saw her bruised throat. She had tried to cover her throat, but the button opened while she was unloading the truck. Tate knew her step-father was a drunk and was concerned. Tate unbutton her blouse and couldn’t believe what he saw. He wanted to know if it was her step-father who bruised her breast. He took her to his house and told her that they needed to talk. Embarrassed, she told Tate that her step-father was drunk and tried to rape her, but she got away and spent the night hiding in the woods. This wasn’t the first time that he couldn’t keep his hands to himself. Finally, Tate told her that she is not going back home, but would stay with his mother. Tate took the responsibility of being her guardian. He made all the arrangements for her to attend George Washington University and have an apartment of her own where she would be safe.
Cecily received her degree in Archaeology, and worked for two-years in her Master‘s in Forensic Archaeology. It all came to an end when she learned that Tate was paying for all her expenses, and she was not on a scholarship. Cecily was angry when she heard from Tate’s female socialite friend the night of South Dakota senior Senator Holden's fundraiser. Tate was sitting with his blonde socialite friend when Cecily walked up to Tate’s table and poured a bowl of crab bisque on him. She dropped out of the Master’s program in Forensic Archaeology and moved into a new apartment. Cecily accepted the position of Assistant Curator in the new Native American Museum in Washington, DC, that Senator Holden had offered her. Cecily severed all her ties with Tate. She’d developed a friendship with Tate’s friend Colby Lane, a CIA agent who lived in her old apartment. Tate is extremely jealous of Colby.
Paper Rose is one of the best books by Diana Palmer with enjoyable characters and another story line going on with Leta and Senator Holden. A heart warming story.