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"White delivers a strong story"

I first read Diane Davis White about five years ago, a Gothic novella, and thought she showed great promise. Thus, I was eager to read her first novel. Moon of the Falling Leaves really shows an author coming into her own. There are not a lot of Indian writers out there currently, not many coming along, so it's nice to see White drawing on the heritage of her husband to carve out a niche for herself in this genre. It's a gentle tale that is sure to please people seeking this category of romance.

Set in the late 1800's America, Jessica Maxwell's life seems to be going from bad to worse. Her feckless husband insisted they could find a new future out west, and sets out on a journey with their four children to find a new home. Instead of a new life, Jessica is left a widow, with the winter coming on in the Rocky Mountains. The situation facing her is one she is not prepared to handle. She and the children are startled by the arrival of a stranger - a Lakota Warrior.

Swift Eagle has many reasons to hate the whites, but his visions lead him to the widow and her children. Despite his own pain and resentment, he cannot ignore the images that warn him he must rescue this woman. He intends to honor that, but nothing more, though he soon finds Jessica reaching his heart, a heart he thought he'd buried long ago. Even so, he feels his growing love is doomed because of the racial differences and barriers of the times.

White delivers a strong story, fraught with dangerous, harsh conditions of the periods and the inner turmoils that Swift Eagle and Jessica must overcome. The author draws on the emotions of the characters, makes you care for them. She touches your heart. Quite understandably, I am eager to see this talented author continue to grow with each story, and hope it's not too long until her next novel.

Reviewed by Deborah Macgillivray
Posted October 19, 2008

SUMMARY

Alone in the Wilderness...
Jessica Maxwell finds out just how uncertain life can be when she and her children are stranded on the side of a mountain with winter looming.
The Lakota Warrior...
Swift Eagle has discovered his destiny in the flames of a vision that leads him to help this white family.
Compassion Becomes Passion...
Duty becomes desire when Jessica and Swift Eagle are forced to fight for their love, their survival in the old West.

 

Moon of the Falling Leaves
by Diane Davis White

Highland Press
April 1, 2008
Available: April 1, 2008
ISBN #0980035600
EAN #9780980035605
248 pages
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