- File Size: 647 KB
- Print Length: 323 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (June 25, 2010)
- Publication Date: July 6, 2010
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003T0G9KI
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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Settler's Chase (Berkley Western Novels) Kindle Edition
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Sett Foster's plan of setting a trap in a box canyon for wild horses was falling nicely into place. He'd break these horses and sell them for a good price to the Army. But suddenly a strange sight comes into view. A spotted Indian pony happens along, causing a disturbance among the small wild herd. But wait, the pony is wearing a crude saddle of some sort with a blanket flopping off to the side. As Sett watches the horses he almost has trapped run away in fright, he spots a cradle board swinging from the saddle with a tiny face peeking out of the tight laces.
In the meantime, Sett's half Blackfeet/half white wife, Ria, is at their cabin alone, struggling with yet another miscarriage. Heartbroken, she knows she will never bear Sett's child.
When Sett returns to their cabin with the infant, Ria is thrilled. Finally, a child! Sett knows it isn't as easy as that. This is a white child and people will be looking for it. Stricken with more dashed hopes, Ria obeys her husband and they set out for the closest town to find the child's family. She fiercely protects the baby and forms a strong bond; so strong, Sett dreads the time when she'll have to relinquish the child. It's an arduous trip with the weather turning colder and threatening snow.
Finally arriving in town, they find doing the right thing doesn't always bring the desired results. Although they are met with kindness by some, others are suspicious and hostile toward Ria. Sett Foster's tainted background arouses suspicion. The baby's family has offered a reward for his safe return and there are townspeople who will stop at nothing to get that reward money.
Settler's Chase is a fine western and a WILLA Literary Award Finalist. The author excels in portraying realistic, believable characters and bringing landscapes to life. I could feel the bitter cold during the desperate chase into the Montana wilderness.
Settler's Chase is a sequel to Settler's Law, another well-written and suspenseful western. Both novels, published some years apart, stand alone. For more information about the author, visit [...]
When a well-to-do white family steps forward to claim the baby, we are introduced to another strong female character, Mary Alice McFee, who has reason to believe she is the child's grandmother. The author wisely avoids setting her up as a villain, however, adding to the complexity of Ria's ultimate decision.
Although there's plenty in this book for men to like -- thrilling chases, dangerous river crossings -- this is a Western that women readers will find particularly satisfying.
The one thing I liked the most about this story was the relationship between Sett and Ria. They weren't all over each other with this red hot passion but you could tell that they truly loved each other by the way they spoke to each other, the way they looked at each other. I especially loved how Sett told Ria that what she had experienced before with the first man was not being a wife but being a slave. She definitely was not that with him and he proved it by the way he doggedly searched for her until he found her. I felt his relief so prfoundly when he saw Coy and Fox Ears. He knew he'd found her. Definitely gets five stars from me.