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Sweet Possession (Zebra Splendor)
Sweet Possession - Zebra Splendor
Author: Candace McCarthy
ISBN-13: 9780821761212
ISBN-10: 0821761218
Publication Date: 2/1/1999
Pages: 352
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Publisher: Zebra Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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From Literary Times
Blacksmith, Daniel Trahern has no love for missionaries or anyone who wants to civilize the Chippewa Indians, so when Amelia Dempsey and her father arrive to provide medical services to the missionary settlement and the Indians he's not impressed by them. He's even less impressed when Amelia is shocked over Daniel's niece's appearance. Little Susie wears buckskins and plays outdoors all day, so she's not the typical little girl. Susie's mother, Jane, was kidnapped in what Daniel assumes was a raid by the Sioux Indians. Susie, however calls Daniel, Pa, so Amelia believes that Daniel was married to Jane and that his wife is still alive but living as a slave to a Sioux tribe. Daniel was married, but to a woman named Pamela. Pamela betrayed him and ran off with his best friend. Then she was killed in a carriage accident. When the Sioux raid the mission settlement, killing the missionaries and kidnapping several of the women and children and Amelia's father, Daniel takes Amelia in and promises to find her father with the help of his Chippewa friends. Amelia comes to understand that little girls living on the frontier don't have to look like eastern ladies, as she and Daniel become more attracted to one another. She doesn't believe, however, that they have a future because she still thinks that Daniel's wife is alive somewhere. Then while Daniel is searching for her father, Amelia and Susie are taken from the settlement by a disturbed Army Captain with an evil agenda. I reviewed, White Bear's Woman, last year and I must say that of the two books I liked it more. Part of the problem I had with Sweet Possession was the fact that the central conflict is based on the heroine believing that the hero's sister was his wife long past the point when any other man would have revealed their real relationship. Daniel also suffers from that 'I was done wrong and every other woman is untrustworthy' complex when it comes to the heroine, despite the fact that he knows plenty of other decent women and the heroine is not the flighty creature his deceased wife proved to be. McCarthy's portrayal of the Chippewa Indians is enjoyable. Her Native Americans are 'real people' and my favorite scenes were those with Indian characters in them. Candace McCarthy is a true genius in creating Native American characters that are not the Hollywood stereotype, but are unique in every way! Ms. McCarthy has done her research well, her Native characters ring with authenticity! Phoebe Imel -- Copyright © 1999 Literary Times, Inc. All rights reserved