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Moon of Ripening
Diane Davis White
When Lakota warrior Thunder Heart, who is destined to be a leader of his people, saves the lives of two white women during Red Cloud's War, he places his family and, indeed, his entire village at risk. Can Thunder Heart keep these women safe?
Will his act of compassion cause the death of his family?
Will his people demand the abandonment or death of these women in order to avoid the wrath of the Bluecoats or perhaps that of Red Cloud?
Uncertain of the outcome, he knows only one thing: He desires the pale-haired beauty, Victoria Abernathy, and will do anything to insure her safety.
I finished this book not more then two minutes ago and needed to share my feelings while they were still fresh.
I'm not sure if this book touched me deeply because I am part Native American or that I live in an area populated with Native Americans, but I have always felt a connection to the stories I have read. I wrote a very long, thoroughly researched paper ( before Wikipedia! ) on Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce, and the feelings that were produced during the research impacted me so much as a student in junior high that anytime I read a book or watch a movie that tells about the struggles of the Native Americans, it tugs at my heart to this day.
And this book was no different. This was a beautifully written tale of a Lakota tribe and their journey to be free to love and live life in a simple way. The love that was shared by Thunder Heart and Victoria in this story was enchanting and even though the couple were polar opposites, it proved that love and soul mates can happen when and where you least expect them. And when love is that deep, nothing can keep you apart. I loved this story so much, I plan to read it again and I hope that many readers take the journey that starts in a lonely hot plain and ends up in the love filled cold mountains.