An early work by Kathleen Eagle, you can tell she is still learning how to craft a great story. Shows promise, characters are well sketched, although not as deep as her later work. Some pieces/ dialogue/ descriptions are stiff and formulaic.
FROM THE BACK COVER: "Sky Hunter left Hollywood and headed for the hills. The serenity of the Rockies would clear his mind and help him make some hard decisions. He didn't expect to run head-on into the only woman for him.
Author Elaina Delacourte went to the mountains for research, but with Sky's help she ended up learning about real life, not fiction. Stranded together, they should have thought strictly of survival, but the fury of the elements they fought was matched ony by the force of the love they were beginning to share."
This was one of my first Kathleen Eagle books, and for me, at least, it's a "keeper." I have read it often over the years. Sky Hunter is an actor who came home to make some some important career decisions - whether to continue playing "caricature" Indians and risk a fairly steady income or to take less available roles with the opportunity to play "real" Indian heroes in quality films. Elaina Delacourte is a romance writer on vacation at a "dude" ranch to do research for her next western novel.
Sky and Elaina are instantly attracted to one another, and when a plane "buzzes" their horses, they are stranded in the wilderness with just a few supplies and each other to make the journey home. I won't give away the story, but as the days pass and Sky and Elaina work their way back to the ranch, their relationship deepens - until they are rescued by Sky's relatives from the ranch. Will Sky and Elaina overcome their pasts, their present, and will they have a future? Read the book!! Published in 1987, this is still a great book by one of my favorite authors!!
Linda C. (Seagull) reviewed Carved in Stone (Ranch Rogues) (Western Lovers, No 6) on
"Dear Reader, All I was looking for when I came back to Wyoming was a breath of fresh air, a chance to clear my head. I'd been playing Hollywood Indians so long, I'd almost forgotten who I really was. I needed to ride to the top of a mountain to find the real Sky.