Author McKade has written a wonderful love story set in the days following the civil war when the army's mission had turned to exterminating the Indian populations.
Emma Hartwell had been rescued, after a near drowning, and taken to live with a Lakota tribe. Seven years later she is ârescuedâ by the army who massacre many of her tribe. Wounded she is returned to her family but is scorned by them and white society in general for having chosen to live rather than kill herself. Unknown to all is the secret that Emma carries. Soon she leaves to return to her Lakota family but is trailed by Ridge Madoc, a former army scout, who was hired to find her.
The development of the respect and love for Ridge and Emma, even after he discovers the reason for her return to the Lakota is heartwarming. Emma is feisty and I loved the humor that exists between her and Ridge who is also hiding a secret.
There are several unexpected twists and turns which keep the reader spellbound. I highly recommend this book.
The heroine, Emma is swept into a raging river when she is 15 years old. She manages to get to the bank where and Indian saves her life. He takes her to his village, his wife and him adopt her. Seven years later the village is attacked by white soldier who return her to her family. She was seriously wounded in the attack, after she recovers she takes off to return to her village because she left someone very important to her behind.
The hero, Ridge is hired by her father to find her and bring her home.
Emma is very smart, fiesty.
I rated the book A
I enjoyed the story about Emma, captured by the Lakota Sioux 7 yrs. ago being "rescued" and returned to her family. But, she must go back to her people. SHe has a son that she fears to tell her family about so she sneaks away one night. Her father hires Ridge, a scout, to go after her and bring her home again. Attraction between the two developes as they venture to try and find the village and her son who she fears may have died in the army attack the day she was wounded and returned to her white family.
This book was excellent.
The heroine was just like I like: strong, brave, determined, a loving spirit ~ without guile, deceit, feminine whiles or sappy love scenes,(which I hate).
The hero was strong, brave, open and also a true loving spirit. Again, no duplicity, stupid misunderstandings, denial of feelings ~ all that rot writers use that disgust me.
That said,I happily recommend this book to all historical western romance lovers.
15-year-old Emma fell into a raging river and was rescued by an Indian, taken to live in their village. Seven years later she is "rescued" by the army and taken back home to her family. Her family have a hard time dealing with what she went through. The townspeople think she should have killed herself before living with the savages. Not being able to handle how she is being treated by her family, she begins a journey back to the tribe to retrieve something very important that she left behind. A tracker, Ridge, is hired by her family to find her. When he does, she talks him into accompanying her to find her son.
This is a well written western romance. It was nice to see how the family dealt with the ordeal. My rating: 4.5 Stars.
The author, Maureen McKade, did a masterful job with a very difficult subject how a white woman returns to living in a white settlement after living with an Indian tribe for 7 years. I was reluctant to read this book because of the subject matter but am very happy that I stayed with it.
Emma Hartwell, rescued by US troops attacking a Lakota village, was almost killed before the soldier noticed her blue eyes. After a long recovery, she was returned to her family. However, white settlers did not know how to respond to a recovered neighbor and only looked at her with revulsion or pity.
Eventually, her parents decided to send her away to live with an aunt in St. Paul, so she could start over. Emma realizes that her real error was staying alive instead of killing herself. The night before she was to be shipped off to her aunt, Emma begins the long trek back to the Lakota to find her young son.
Although Emmas father, John, has no use for Ridge Madoc, a retired scout for the US Army, he hires him to bring Emma back. Emma has not mentioned her son; no one understands why she is going back to the Indians.
Ridge learns quickly that Emma has more grit and savvy than he expected; shes excellent at hiding her trail. When he finds her, Emma does not make it easy for him to take her back. This is a complex story with no right or wrong side; it shows how complicated the issues are when people from different cultures try to create a life together with such rampant prejudice.
Ridge is a treasure and probably the only man in the story who could see past Emmas experiences to see her as the exceptional person she is. Emma is an admirable individual who is called upon to make tremendous sacrifices in the name of love.
"For seven harvests, Emma Hartwell was the adopted daughter of the Elk tribe. It was to them that she entrusted her dearest treasure, a secret she can hardly bear. Now, Emma sets out to search for the piece of herself she left behind--and unexpectedly finds the love of a man who makes her whole. "
This was a very good book. It had just enough intrigue to keep it going.
I really enjoyed this book.
This author always comes through with a great emotional story.
It was written well enough that I FELT it when she had to give up her baby!!