From Publishers Weekly
Chastain's (The Redhead and the Preacher) latest offering is filled with Native American mysticism: the heroine, Raven Alexander, is an Irish/Arapaho "spirit woman" haunted by visions, and the setting?the Rio Grande in 1877?is a ghostly, mythic landscape. Raven has been sent to recover the lost treasure of the Arapaho people when she meets her foreordained "guardian" cowboy, Tucker Farrell. Together they struggle with Mexican banditos, rogue Arapahos and natural disasters, while Raven fights her own intense attraction to Tucker. Strong, original characters and a believable relationship make this strange fable a successful departure from the typical western romance.
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Tucker Farrell is a drifter with a past he wants to forget and he has no immediate plans for his future. He dreams of buying land in Oregon, but he has no means by which to do it. Tucker escapes being lynched by a gang of Mexican desperadoes as a flock of black birds fly overhead. He takes off for the mountains and falls to a ledge below and is knocked unconscious. Raven Alexander, a half Arapaho Indian, is a spirit woman who is charged with the future of the Arapaho tribe. On his deathbed, her grandfather tells Raven that the spirit guides will show her where the sacred Arapaho treasure is hidden so that she can find it to buy land for her people. Raven has a dream in which she becomes a raven and meets a cougar who will protect her. Raven sets out to find the treasure and she accidentally falls on a ledge. When she wakes up, she is in the arms of a man with tawny hair who protected her through the night. Raven explains to Tucker that he came to her in a dream as the cougar who protects the raven, and that the spirit guides told her that they were meant to be together. She tells him about her mission and he agrees to help her. They set out on their quest to find the keeper of the mountain who holds the secret to the treasures location. They find Luce, but he has been shot and is dying. He insists that they shave his head and bury him in a certain location when he dies. A renegade band of Arapaho Indians and the Mexican desperadoes are close on their heels when Luce dies. Raven and Tucker do as they were told and the secret to the treasure is revealed. Raven and Tucker cannot put aside their feelings for each other. As their awareness for each other grows, Raven puts herself and her need for Tucker above her destiny and she is ashamed of her weakness. They are bound by their pledges to find the treasure and if they can overcome the Indians and the Mexicans, Raven is sure Tucker will go his own way, but Tucker loves Raven and he cannot see a future without her.A romantic journey propelled by Indian legend, Raven and the Cowboy is a wonderful romance! Spirits and telepathy make this romance by Sandra Chastain interesting and unique! Adventure, danger, spirit guides, Indians and outlaws make. . . a terrific romance! A well written story that is sure to entertain! Gloria Miller -- Copyright © 1994-97 Literary Times, Inc. All rights reserved
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