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Arrow of Love by Frederick Manfred: The book is a collection of three stories by Manfred. The first is Arrow of Love, a romance, about a Native American couple from different tribes (Dacotah and Chippewa) who fall in love. Manfred is known for his writing of Siouxland books and stories. In this tragic tale the couple's love is thwarted by tribal rivalry and revenge which takes the life of the chief of Raven's tribe and the lives of the women and children of the other tribe. During this attack, Raven's love, Opening Rose, is killed. Raven's grief is beyond description. He continues to war and kill in the hope that he, too, will die. A twist of fate finds the two braves responsible for killing the chief of Raven's tribe killing him as well.
The second story, Lew and Luanne, is a comedy about a family whose daughter is tragically injured in an automobile accident. Lew is the father, who hopes to find a good husband for his lovely daughter. When Luanne's face is badly scarred in the accident, Lew's dream of a good match fades away but he reckons without the ingenuity of his daughter who finds a husband who loves her for herself. Lew finds the money to have his daughter's face restored.
The final story, Country Love, is called a pastoral by the author. This is a story of two friends, Ray and Jute. They are inseparable as children, growing into teenagers together where they both fall in love with the same young woman. However, one evening when they are driving about they have an accident that blinds Jute. Ray is driving and feels guilty because he overhauled the engine of the car himself and did not check out the steering mechanism to find the worn steering pin. He carries this guilt into his adult life. Jute feels sorry for himself, isolates himself and drinks a great deal. However, Jute insists that Ray marry the young woman they both loved and the two have a family. Still Ray carries guilt about the accident. However, his young son helps both Ray and Jute come to terms with the accident and its affect on their lives. To discover how, one must read this sensitive tale. While I enjoyed all three stories the last one was my favorite. Manfred is a fine writer of western literature.
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