Formula characters, unlikely events and a sentimental version of U.S. history undermine this post-Civil War romance. Of biracial heritage, Alanna Caldwell is an Indian princess whose white father is a scion of Virginia blue bloods. Alanna lives with her Cheyenne maternal grandparents until the battle at Little Big Horn. Her grandfather is killed, her dying grandmother sends word to the girl's father. Capt. Nicholas Ballinger is dispatched to help, and the young man escorts the beautiful young woman east. Alanna saves Nicholas's life when their coach is attacked by robbers, and in the public scandal that ensues at their having been stranded alone, Nicholas marries her to save her reputation, although he distrusts women: during the war, Nicholas's Southern father was killed by Union troops for shooting his wife's Yankee lover. As Alanna works to make her marriage a real one, she learns that there is more to the old family tragedy than Nicholas suspects and becomes the agent of his reconciliation with his mother. O'Banyon is the author of the Savage Seasons series.
This is a wonderful book and very touching. O'banyon is a wonderful story teller that keeps me up all night reading this book and others. throughout most of their journy Alana doesn't speak a word and he thinks she doesn't speak english, it is only to save his life from a bunch of pathetic outlaws that she utters her first words. He finds her to be a very capable woman, unlike any others he had met before, and then he hopelessly falls in love with her.
Alana Caldwell cursed the white blood that ran through her veins! The blue-eyed half-breed had known nothing but joy among the Cheyenne, but the white man had destroyed her way of life, and now the overbearing Captain Nicholas Ballinger had arrived to escort her-against her will-back to her father's home in Virginia. She fought the darkly handsome officer at every turn, clinging to her Indian ways and wondering at his notions of civilization. For certainly there was nothing civilized about the untamed yearnings he awakened as he cupped her ripe curves, rained tender kisses over her soft form and led her into a world of unforgettable ecstasy.
This book is a great read, A White man married an Indian lady and they had a child and the child was a girl named Alana, She was raised with the indians after her mother died and her father went back to the white world. A marvelous book.