Almost Eden Author:Dorothy Garlock He was the spark, she was the flame... — Baptiste Lightbody had found the beautiful young girl named Maggie in Missouri Territory. From the moment they met, they became two parts of the same spirit, joined in flesh and soul with an underlying fire. Shunned by a world that called him a half-breed and her a witch, they struck out together into the ... more »wilderness after the same fierce dream: a paradise of their own. But ahead of them lay dangers that could take Maggie away forever: brutal river pirates, rampaging Indian renegades, and a secret that followed them into the virgin forest. And soon they would both face a test that could break their hearts or join them in a love that would become a legend on the untamed American frontier.« less
This is one strange book! The action and adventure was great; Maggie was something else again. In some ways, it seemed more like a fantasy than flesh-and-blood people. I simply could not believe that Light did not consider the serious problem Maggie would have if he died - until well into the story!
Maggie wasn't real. Period. Light was fascinating and they seemed evenly matched (neither was a darling of the people who surrounded them; Maggie was considered a witch; Light, as a child of a white man and an Indian woman, was never accepted by either race).
The story between Eli and Aee was more interesting in many ways than that of the main characters; they seemed real. Perhaps Eli said it best when he told Aee that he loved her because she was strong and could take care of many things ... Maggie would always have to have someone take care of her.
There were flashes of humanity in Maggie when she admitted to Light that she hadn't known much about birthing until they spent the winter at the MacMillan's house. She also tried to learn useful womanly tasks while with the MacMillan's.
I liked the conflict between Eli and Light. The reader didn't understand the problem until just before Eli explained it to Light. How Eli got the info was a bit far-fetched, but Garlock handled the rest of this segment of the story well.
The closing scene was ...'dumber than dirt.' Talk about convenient; it ruined the story for me!
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2. Annie Lash (1985)
3. Almost Eden (1995)