"Amy . . . I'll be back." For eight years Amy Deverall clung to the words Rain Tallman had whispered as he kissed her and rode away. Smart as a whip and as eager for life as a young colt, Amy grew up along the mighty Wabash River, waiting for the handsome Shawnee-raised boy who had gone off to explore the wilderness beyond the horizon. Now, the broad-shouldered, gun-toting trapper galloping toward her was a new Rain Tallman. His slow, sweet kisses taught her passion and she longed to ride beside him down the dangerous trails he traveled. But where was the boy she had known? Had he really grown to be a steel-hard, silent loner who would take her heart--and never say "I love you"?
This book is second in the Wabash River series. If not read in order, you will not understand many of the references to other characters that appear in the novels of this series.
It was a delight to see Farr and Liberty again. It is 7 years after the first book, LONESOME RIVER (now 1818). When Rain Tallman returns, he talks of new land near the Arkansas River. This renews Farrs desire to move some place where he and his family can stretch out; Quills Station is becoming crowded with new families.
As the story begins, Amy has been waiting years for Rain to return. Shes a widow now and 19 years of age. When Rain arrives, they have an uneasy time of reestablishing their relationship as adults. It does not help that Rain has brought Eleanor Woodbury, a drop-dead beautiful woman with him. She is meant to be a wife for Rains friend, Will Bradford, a military officer.
However, Eleanor leaves no stone unturned in her efforts to get Rain to notice and admire her. Amy doesnt waste much time warning Eleanor off Rain is hers. Their hostility is ignited and no one can miss the animosity. Rain tells Amy that he is taking Eleanor to her fiancée and asks her to come along for appearances sake (Eleanor needs a chaperone an unmarried woman traveling with a man is a no-no). Amy reluctantly agrees.
Thus begins a long trek to Belle Point, where Rain expects to deposit Eleanor with her fiancée. The bad boys (from book one) emerge again stirring up murder and mayhem. They provide much of the suspense and action of this story. As usual, Garlock makes this a page-turner to the last paragraph. 4 stars
1. Lonesome River (1987)
2. Dream River (1988)
3. River of Tomorrow (1988)
4. Yesteryear (1995)
2nd in the Wabash River Trilogy. This Rain Tallman's story. Rain whispered Amy I'll be back as he kissed her and rode away. For eight years Amy Deverall has clung to those words waiting for the handsome Shawnee-raised boy to return for the wilderness.
Raging rivers, wild country and dangerous outlaws could not keep her from the man she loves....
She fought and rode better than any man...but was helpless in his arms