This is one of my all time favorite romances. Charbonneau is an outstanding writer who takes two people living outside their cultures and crafts an incredible love story. Based on the true story of the gift of corn to the Irish people made by the Cherokee tribe during the potato famine, the heroine, who with her brother survived the Trail of Tears as a child, is a missionized Cherokee Indian woman who takes on the task of delivering the corn to Ireland. There she comes in conflict with an Irish outlaw who has lost everything - wife, children, home, and the will to live. Can two such different people find love and happiness as they travel across America to homestead in Oregon? It's a book you can read again and again.
Rachel is a mixed blood Choctaw who knows her calling is to go to Ireland to help feed the starving in 1847. She returns to America eventually with husband in tow and they face the stigma placed on the Irish in those days in the northeast. They decide to go west. Entertaining.
It was absolutely fantastic. This is one book that I really don't want to post, but out with the old in with the new. It was rich in depth, and the author really took to the time to develop every last character. It's full of twists and surprises. You fall in love with the heroine, because she is gentle, introspective, and hardy. He hero is a fantasy man. He is an Irish man that lost all in the potato famine. You honestly feel his pain, and passion for Rachel. Wonderful love story between those two. Would love to get into the story more, but because of space, Ill just say again it was wonderful. 5 out of 5.