Author: Judith Stanton
"To the Cherokee who raised her she was "Wanders Lost," a white orphan in a land ravaged by revolution. To the Moravians of Salem, North Carolina, she was Mary Margaretha, a spirited young woman barely civilized by the years among their prim sisters. To rugged Jacob Blum she was Retha, his new bride, a blazing beauty who stirred his blood.
Drawn by a passion that matched Jacob's own, Retha wanted nothing more than to be a loving wife. Yet before she could completely give herself to Jacob, she had to overcome the ghost of her mysterious past, a past whose memories made her tremble at the very touch she so deeply craved."
A good read. I've never read a historical romance dealing with the Moravian culture/community. The historical details were well done and interesting. Heroine has a trauma in her past that intrudes on her growing love for her new husband, the hero, and keeps her from giving herself to him. He is baffled by some of her behavior but remains protective of her. Hero is also patient in his wooing of her, and does not rush her into intimacy, which was a nice touch. Most romance have h/h having sex way too soon. A worthy read.
Great historical romance read!!!