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- Print Length: 414 pages
- Publisher: ePublishing Works! (February 22, 2015)
- Publication Date: February 22, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00TXS8PUC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,409 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As Cassandra tried to assimilate back into the world she once knew she found that she no longer belonged in either world. There was only one person who knew what it was like, a half breed scout by the name of Hunter Jalbert.
This was a wonderful, heartwrenching western historical romance. The characters came alive on the page. Cassandra's plight was gutwrenching and you can't help but feel her bewilderment as she struggled to overcome the guilt of surviving and returning. Her angst and despair were palpable.
I read this book many, many years ago but had mislaid my copy so I was so very pleased to see this story and several other works by this very talented author made available for kindle. This was a wonderful, angst filled romance.
As a 15 year old Cassie's wagon train was attacked and she is taken captive by the Kiowa tribe (who tattoo her face), then later sold to a Cheyenne warrior to be his wife. About 10 years later she is then traded back to the whites. Coincidentally, Drew Reynolds is at the fort where the exchange takes place. He was 17 when the same attack killed his family. It was anticipated that he and Cassie would marry upon reaching their final destination all those years ago. Now he has become hardened and wants nothing more than to kill natives. Also at this fort is Hunter, a mix-breed tracker, who instantaneously feels a cosmic connection to Cassie and wants nothing more than to have her be his because they 2 are of both white and native worlds. Thus begins the attempt at a love triangle.
Cassie marries Drew. He needs a mother for his daughter but can't get over her Indian ways except in the dark of night when they have awesome sex. She had always loved him, had given herself to him years before. Cassie, is the constant target of suspicion at the fort. Drew feels like he should protect her but it makes him mad. Hunter always seems to be skulking around, right where Cassie needs him to be. There is no romance between any of these people. I was disappointed that Cassie was so quick to hop into bed with Hunter. They are rarely together in any day-to-day situation. There is a lot of focus on minutia. On and on and on about the scenery or herb picking or moving from here to there. Everyone seems to amble.
The characters, with perhaps the exception of Lily and Sally, were wooden, shadowy figures. Very little description of what anyone looked like, their expressions, typical things that make a person jump to life in a book. The child Meggie was particularly annoying. She's supposed to be 4 and acts like she's about 12 in manner and speech. I finally began to skip pages at about 57% due to all the "telling". What dialogue there was added very little progression to the story. I paid full price for this disappointing read which makes it even more disagreeable to my digestion.
This book shows why those prejudices and hurts were so ingrained so vital for the people who had them held on with all they had or face the bitter truth of what they were doing. This book was simply amazing. I find I want to read sections to my children to teach them how it really was then but will wait till they're older.
HIGHLY recommend this wonderful book but give caution to the weak of heart, this book doesn't sugar coat anything and you will be tossed about emotionally for the duration.
I rarely give 5 stars and this book earned every single one.
Happy reading, cheers