- File Size: 2383 KB
- Print Length: 343 pages
- Publisher: ePublishing Works! (January 20, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 20, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005BJV9XC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #595,568 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Steve was a very noble and mature main character, who respected his fellow human beings no matter what their social position. Raven unfortunately didn't seem to be his equal. In any case, she was depicted as being a young and hard working person who knew well how to protect and take care of herself on the one hand, on the other though she sometimes just lacked insight, surely due to her general lack of experience in life and her young age. Anyway, bonding with her gave me a little hard time. There were some sub characters around who supported the plot nicely without though standing out.
The plot was generally nicely elaborated, although largely predictable and nothing new for this kind of literature. There were some inaccuracies but they didn't really diminish my reading pleasure.
If you are looking for a nice and "light" read this might just be your choice.
Based on a dying white mans (Ned) wish, when racism ran high to be reunited with his half Tonkawa daughter (Raven), to explain his desertion of her and her mother, give her what is rightfully her inheritance, a plantation named Halcyon and hopefully get her forgiveness and love in the process.
A love also grows between Raven and a white man (Steve) who is chosen by Ned to track Raven and return her to him, that at the time was frowned upon and completely unacceptable to proper 19th century society.
Upon her defiant acceptance to go to Halcyon with Steve, Raven having had a upbringing full of struggle and hardship, wants to hate a white father that deserted her then pregnant mother, appeasing his guilt with dirty money sent, realises all was not all it appeared to be. A reunion follows that is heartbreaking, full of misunderstandings and life events that kept them apart to only give them a second chance, if only for a short while.
When Ned passes Raven again is forced to fight, to be accepted in a rich white mans world where two spoilt stepsiblings and resentful staff, want her gone. The world’s weight is on her shoulders having to run the plantation with so much going against her.
Steve being her only salvation when the two come together in secret to keep Raven’s virtue and respectability intact, with secrecy and deception tearing them apart with Raven deciding life at Halcyon is not for her, planning to start a new life elsewhere as being half white and half Indian is accepted in neither society.
A wonderful ending to a wonderful book, a story very different to the usual mixed race romances of Indian man/white woman. Patricia Hagan is a wonderful author as I have read Starlight, which I loved and plan to purchase and read Say you love Me which I know I will read a lot sooner than I did Simply Heaven. What an amassing author that draws you in without the need for either gratuitous language or scenes.