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"Depth of Lies" by E. C. Diskin
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BOTTOM LINE: Yawn, Yawn, Yawn!!!
On the Santa Fe Trail, Sarah awakes to a nightmare. Indians have attacked the wagon train on which she is traveling from Independence to California. Sarah was running from a forced marriage after her parent’s death. Everyone on the wagon train is dead except for Sarah and another traveler Molly. Sarah will become much stronger than she ever thought possible. Sarah does her best to treat Molly’s injuries, but Molly does not survive her injuries. The author sets a scene of graphic horror. Sarah is injured, lost, and defenseless. The opening of the story was very powerful for me, as I could see the all devastation, as she stumbles around the train wagon. The only thing to survive the fire of her wagon was her valise. The few items it contained were all she had left in the world, which included her mother’s cameo and her father’s gun with a box of bullets
After dressing as a man Sarah starts her journey back the way the wagon had traveled. She meets many mishaps: hunger, heat, stampeding basin, an injured Indian, and snakebite. But the injured Indian she left where he lay on the trail, will be her greatest love, challenge and heartache, Gray Wolf is a half-breed Indian, shunned by both sides in most cases. This has made him an independent and strong. He hires on as the scout to the wagon train. Due to unexpected delays in purchasing a piece of property for his future, Gray Wolf finds the wagon train to late; Pawnee Indians had already raided the train.
Gray Wolf finds Sarah passed out and very ill on the trail from the snakebite. So begins the story of the half-breed Gray Wolf and Sarah, their journey from strangers to something very much more. Sarah and Wolf encounter prejudice, hate, false accusations, beatings, and cruelty.
I could feel Wolf’s desolation and sadness as he was falling in love with Sarah, knowing the world would never accept their love. The author portrayed the beliefs, prejudices’, and cruelties of that time period so very well. I wondered if the author was using history from one of her ancestors. My heart ached for Wolfs and Sarah’s sorrow at what could never be, so well the author portrayed the emotion.
The ending was totally unexpected; I had no idea that this was how the story would end. My mouth actually fell open. The author certainly gave a surprise ending.
I highly recommend this book.
I received a free copy of this book from Reading Alley in return for an honest review.
Not one for Western Novels or movies unless of course John Wayne was in the movie, I have to admit that after reading Ginger Simpson’s Sarah’s Heart and Passion, I may be a believer.
Sarah Collins, the heroine in this story, leaves her home and joins a wagon train leaving Independence, Missouri. The wagons head out along the Santa Fe Trail bound for California and a new start on life for all members of the group. The train moves along the trail without mishap until a band of Indians launch a devastating attack on the wagons killing all within, with the exception of Sarah. She discovers one other survivor, Molly, and does her best with what she has on hand to save Molly’s life. But Molly is too far gone and Sarah’s efforts are fruitless.
She believes her best efforts for survival is to scrounge for men’s clothing and boots from the other wagons to hide the fact that she is a woman. Gathering what provisions she could, she sets out on foot toward Council Grove the last town the wagons had passed.
Days out she sees what she perceives to be a young warrior lying on the ground. Seeing that he is still alive, but with the attack on the wagon train still fresh in her mind, she doesn’t care. All she is interested in is his horse to continue her journey. Unfortunately for her, the horse wasn’t about to let her claim it.
She continues walking toward her goal until she collapses in the tall grass. The Indian she left to die has not been far behind and sees her unconscious form on the ground. Seeing that she is still alive, he cares for her, and that is where the story really begins.
Getting over her feeling of danger, she learns he is a half-breed, which intrigues her even more. As they continue their journey toward Independence, the closeness and the harshness they endure bring her a love that she never expected to find. But the brutality and hatred she never knew existed, by people of her own upbringing toward her half-breed friend, shakes her very existence.
Due to the way he is reviled by the people in whatever town they enter, he believes he has no other choice but to leave her, in spite of his deep love for her. He was used to being treated as an outsider, but he knew she could never cope with being shunned the way he was, not belonging to anyone As the story continues, he goes his way, leaving a love he longed for, and she with her heart broken goes another.
But can love conquer all? That’s the question of the ages. There is an unexpected twist waiting for the reader which I will not divulge here. In order to discover what that is, you will have to read Ginger Simpson’s novel Sarah’s Heart and Passion. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a really good book. ~ Elena Dorothy Bowman, Author of:
The Sarah’s Landing Series, The Legacy Series,
Time In A Rift, The Imposter,
The Odyssey, Catherine’s Ring,
The Storybook, Moonlit Bay
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