Book Reviews of Passion's Melody

Passion's Melody
Passion's Melody
Author: Jane Toombs
ISBN-13: 9780821744611
ISBN-10: 0821744615
Publication Date: 2/1/1994
Pages: 448
Rating:
  • Currently 2.6/5 Stars.
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2.6 stars, based on 4 ratings
Publisher: Kensington Pub Corp (Mm)
Book Type: Paperback
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ISBN 0821744615 - I have two complaints about this book; the guy on the cover - who looks like a kid - hardly resembles the whiskered man inside the book. And the back cover refers to Kegan as "fleeing from those who call him spy" and there was none of that IN the book. Other than that, standard historical romance, which is to say, slightly better than standard romance.

Snow Flower's sister married a wabishkize - a white man - despite her father's warnings, and found herself and her child deserted. Snow Flower had no intention of making the same mistake. She would find herself a warrior of the People. Until then, she was a medicine woman and would learn her craft. These plans were interrupted by an attack by the Sioux, who took her captive. Their plans for her were also interrupted - by a white man who won her from them in a dice game and then outran them.

Kegan, her rescuer, is the second son of a wealthy British family, free to build a new life in America. That is, until his older brother dies in the war and he is forced to return home to assume his title. By then, Kegan and Snow Flower have married in the Chippewa manner, but he doesn't mind leaving her behind - he has learned from Eagle Dreamer that Snow Flower is not the faithful, loving wife he thinks she is. What he doesn't know is that Eagle Dreamer wants Snow Flower for himself.

Snow Flower sets off for England, with Eagle Dreamer tagging along to protect her, to find her husband and learn from him why he would desert her the way he did. In the strange land, Snow Flower wonders if her medicine is growing weak because she is so far from her people - and worse, she wonders if her spirit can find the way if she dies in this faraway place.

An ok book as far as romances go - I did find it amusing that Snow Flower refers to Nathan as a half-man but none of the white folks refer to him as gay, as if THAT would be offensive. To further make it Politically Correct, Snow Flower wonders if he might be a mystic, as half-men of her people often are. Nathan's sexuality is so far from being relevant that I don't know why it came up at all! And for nitpicking fun, on page 295 Kegan pulls down his breeches and then wades into water in only his breeches. Typos abound early on, but eventually the editor seems to have actually read the book, because there are few after the first 100 pages - but it makes you wonder how much respect Zebra has for their romances. You don't find so many typos in a Harlequin!

- AnnaLovesBooks
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She had the gift of song and the inner strength of the Shaman. But her visions did not warn her that she would be captured by the Sioux...or rescued from the brink of death by an even more dangerous enemy. Sworn to hate the blue-eyed stranger who now owned her-body and soul-Snow Flower could not resist the fiery passion he awoke in her wild heart. And though turbulent destiny would soon tear him from her arms, she knew she would follow him to the ends of the earth.