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In 1836, when she was nine years old, Cynthia Ann Parker was kidnapped by Comanche Indians. This is the story of how she grew up with them, mastered their ways, married one of their leaders, and became, in every way, a Comanche woman. It is also the story of a proud and innocent people whose lives pulsed with the very heartbeat of the land. It is the story of a way of life that is gone forever....

About the Author

Lucia St. Clair Robson was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and raised in South Florida. She has been a Peace Corps volunteer in Venezuela and a teacher in a disadvantaged neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. She has also lived in Japan, South Carolina, and Arizona. After earning her master's degree in Library Science at Florida State University, Ms. Robson worked as a public librarian in Annapolis, Maryland. She is the author of the historical novels Mary's Land, Light a Distant Fire, Ride the Wind, The Tokaido Road, and Walk in My Soul. Today Lucia St. Clair Robson lives near Annapolis in a wooded community on the Severn River.

Lucia St. Clair Robson was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. She served in the Peace Corps in Venezuela and has lived in Japan and Arizona. She has written several novels, including "The Tokaido Road", "Shadow Patriots", and "Ride the Wind", which won the Golden Spur Award. Robson lives near Annapolis, Maryland.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 10/13/85 edition (November 12, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345325222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345325228
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (428 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Don't be fooled by the cover. This is not *Throbbing Raven's Passion*. Robson's novel about Cynthia Ann Parker is gussied up as a piece of historical romance, but it is a solidly researched, well-written biography of one of the most fascinating women of Texas, the mother of Comanche chief Quanah Parker. To avoid lunkhead complaints about "spoilers," I can't tell you what happens to her, but in the literature of women kidnapped by Indians, her story is unique.
Robson does a great job of maintaining a delicate balance between the "savagery" of the Comanches (a horrifying massacre of the Parker family opens the novel) and the rich, positive side of their lives. She has set out to understand and communicate how a young white woman could come to regard her "rescue" as a second kidnapping, and she pulls it off. *The Searchers,* based on the same story, may be a greater work of art, but *Ride the Wind* has the taste and smell of truth about it.
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When I was in high school, my best friend handed me a tattered, worn out copy of this book. The cover was even missing. She just looked me in the eyes and said, "Read it." I was rather turned off by how ratty the book was but I had nothing else to read so I took her advice. I wound up spending the next three days locked in my room reading non-stop. Since high school, I have re-read the book many times and each time, it's as if I'm revisiting old friends.

To put it simply, this was one of the first books that made me love reading. What stands out about Robson's writing is that everything was described so vividly. Though it can be considered a historical romance, there is nothing formulaic, a characteristic of so many other romance novels.

Lucia St.Clair Robson is a librarian. One day, she came across some information about a person named Cynthia Ann Parker and how she grew up with the Comanche Indians. The more she read about Cynthia, the more she was hooked. Finally, she decided she had to write out Cynthia's story. This book is the result. Now of course this book is a work of fiction because Robson took many liberties by filling in things that were missing from the actual historical record. Still, the fiction struck me as realistically imagined. It gave me moments of pure joy in addition to moments in which I bawled my eyes out.
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Then I suggest you pick this book right away and start reading ~~ it will be one book that you will never forget. I know. I re-read it every year and have been doing so for the last 10 years. I first picked it up during a summer working in Yellowstone ~~ that was when I started becoming interested in Native American Indian History ~~ and needing something lighter and easier to read, I started with "Ride the Wind."
This is such a great beginning introduction to reading about the Comanches ~~ even though the book is a novel ~~ it is based on what few known historical facts on Cynthia Parker and the man who she calls husband ~~ Wanderer, one of the last great Comanche chiefs. Robson writes with passion the story of a white girl kidnapped by the Indians in her youth ~~ and how she transformed her ways to those of the tribe. It is a heart-warming story, one that will haunt you for the rest of your life. It also shows a softer side to the Indians that you normally won't see ~~ they're not the savages as people make them to be. I'm not saying that they're not fierce warriors ~~ they are and do practice warfare with a savergy that is different from what historians call "civilised society." But Robson shows the fierce loyalty the Comanche have for their tribe and one another ~~ and their way of life.
Pick this book up. I guarantee that you won't walk away from it without being haunted by the stories that Cynthia and her friends share with you. It is an eye-opener into the way of life then. And it is a heart-breaking story as well. Try it and see. I don't think you'll regret it.
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This is without a doubt the best book I have ever read. The story of Cynthia Ann Parker is fascinating and Lucia is brilliant in her storytelling. The detail and research in her writing cannot be matched. It puts you right there in the Comanche camp. I have read it probably 20 times (the first time being about 20 yrs ago) and each time I finish I cant wait to read it again. From the very first page I was completly hooked. And I did exactly what the back of the book says. It made me laugh and especially made me cry and mourn the loss of the great Comanche Nation. The chapter where Naduah is in the tent with Molly tears my heart out everytime I read it. And when Wanderer goes to the river the night before facing Placido and remembers Naduah from the first day when he captured her is so emotional I can hardly read through my tears. Several times after I finished the book I just had to contact Lucia and tell her how moved I am each time I read it. I have always had a interest in Indian culture and anyone who has the slightest interest in Native Americans or the west should read this book. You will not be dissapointed. I have bought so many copies of this book for friends hoping that they will have the same reaction I have had. I have 2 copies that have never been open tucked away in a safe place just in case. I cannot wait til my children are old enough to read this book. I've tried to find any and all the information I can about Naduah. This is THE BEST book I have ever read. Nothing else I have ever read even comes close. I think about it for weeks after each time I finish it. If you never read another book......READ THIS BOOK......
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