The Pride of Hannah Wade Author:Janet Daily Amid the stark surrounding of an Army Post in teh heart of Indian country, beautiful, cultured Hannah Wade has managed to create a private haven for herself and her handsome, dashing husband, Major Stephen Wade. Stephen is proud not only of the home shehad made for them, but of the fact that the men in his command are smitten by his wife's lovel... more »iness. Then, suddenly, Hannah's comfortable, sheltered existence is shattered during an innocent afternoon ride when her soldier escorts are slain, and she is taken captive by renegade Apaches under the leadership of the infamous Lutero.
She is stripped naked and forced to ride in the burning desert, her pale skin blistering, her body easy prey to Lutero's desires. Once they arrive at his tribe's camp, she is enslaved by the Apache squaws. Yet through it all, Hannah never loses her courage or her indomitable will to survive. Though survival means living, thinking and acting like an Apache, she refuses to totally surrender - even when Lutero makes her his wife - secretly hoping that Stephen will one day rescue her.
But evan as Hannah gradually comess to accept her new life, Stephen is mounting raid after bloody raid, scouring the territory, seeking both to regain the women he loves and to claim terrible vengeance on the savages who took her from him.
Neither Hannah nor Stephen realizes exactly how much her captivity is changing them both. Only a maverick like Jake Cutter, an Army captain who long ago learned to live by his own rules, truly understands how hard a trial Hannah and Stephen will face if they are ever reunited. For only he knows how harshly the "civilized" world will judge Hannah for valuing survival more than honor. When he rescues Hannah from the Apache villiage, it is a different woman he returns to Fort Bayard, one who sees, for the first time, Stephen's arrogant, prejudiced and vengeful nature. She is bewildered and alone, a woman who finds herself turning to the one man whose compassion and integrity match her own.« less
If you enjoy books about strong women who thrive in adversity, then you will enjoy The Pride of Hannah Wade. Hannah is taken from the life that she knows and loves and is thrown into an world that is alien and harsh. She is stripped of her modesty, her joy and even, arguably, her humanity, as she becomes a slave in a life so different from her own. However, she makes a choice, die or live in what HER society calls "a fate worse than death." She is "rescued" yet she is reviled for surviving. She finds acceptance within herself, but can her rigid husband ever accept the things she had to do to survive. This is a wonderful tale of life, hardship and finally love. I highly recommend it as a good Saturday read.