"Pleasant Indian historical romance"
In 1853, the Chippewa exile his mother, pregnant with
the child of a warrior who is not her husband. With his
father dead from the ensuing fight of honor, ten-year-old
Fire Cloud accompanies his mother as they leave their
Minnesota home. In Missouri the Lakota accept Fire Cloud
and his family. After meeting a friendly nun, Fire Cloud
encounters the Sister's niece eight-year old blond hair
Janelle Coolidge. Though young, both find the other quite
Fifteen years later, neither has forgotten the first
time they met. Now they see each other for the first
time as adults and realize the childhood attraction remains
stronger than ever. However, her father Virgil would
disavow a relationship between his daughter and a savage.
When a meteor crashes inside the Lakota village and cures
the physical handicaps of Fire Cloud's half-brother, Virgil
plots to steal the rock, complicating the love between his
daughter and the Chippewa warrior.
FIRE CLOUD provides Indian romance readers with a deep
look at the Lakota lifestyle just after the Civil War when
a vast invasion of Christians descend on the tribes in
a "White Man's Burden" type of way. The main theme of the
story line is a powerfully written star-crossed
relationship drama. However, several subplots such as the
miracle cure take readers away from the shared passion of
the likable lead characters. Also Virgil, surrounded by
very sincere non-prejudicial females, seems a bit of a
stretch to be called a bigot. Still due to her lead duet
and the insightful historical references, Cassie Edwards
furbishes an Indian historical romance that will provide
much pleasure to readers.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 24, 2001