"Poignant love story"
In the 1843 Republic of Texas, as he promised three years
ago to her sister, half-breed Long Quiet continues his
search for the missing Bayleigh "Bay" Stewart with no
success. When he saves the life of chief Many Horses, Long
Quiet believes his quest might be over when he learns of
Shadow, a white woman owned by this Comanche chief. As his
reward, Long Quiet receives Shadow, who is Bay.
Long Quiet is patient with his frightened gift, but begins
to reach the woman he has cherished ever since he saw her
back east years ago. When someone tries to kill her, Long
Quiet takes Bay to safety. Though they love one another,
he knows his Indian people need him so he wants to live in
Comancheria while she needs to go to her family ranch. Bay
returns home to learn that the family faces a financial
crisis with their only hope left for her to marry her
wealthy former suitor Jonas Harper. However, she now
carries Long Quiet's baby causing a different dilemma.
Though the story line is typical of most of Joan Johnston's
Texas historical romances, the reprint of COMANCHE WOMAN
will please sub-genre fans because this is one of the best
entries in the extended mythos. The story line enables the
audience to observe the lifestyles of Native Americans and
Texans in the middle nineteenth century, yet provides
wonderful lead protagonists and a strong secondary cast
including stars from the first novel (see FRONTIER WOMAN).
This is an entertaining tale that readers will gain plenty
of pleasure while awaiting the next reprint, Texas woman.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 5, 2002
In this dazzling prequel to the New York Times bestsellers
The Cowboy and The Texan, Joan Johnston takes us back to a
time when Texas was a young and wild republic, and three
strong-willed sisters carved out a destiny that would spawn
two legendary dynasties. Here is the spellbinding tale of a
woman captured by Comanches--and of the proud warrior who
vows to make her love him.
Born to a white father and his Indian bride, Long Quiet
believed his destiny lay with his Comanche brothers. But his
heart secretly belonged to Bayleigh Stewart, daughter of the
richest cotton planter in Texas, who'd been abducted by a
marauding brave and sold to the highest bidder. For years
he'd searched for the violet-eyed beauty, and now a strange
twist of fate led him to her.
Called Shadow by her captors, Bay had almost given up hope
of rescue, when a rugged stranger in buckskins appeared,
risking his life to bring her home...and awakening a passion
that burned hot and true. Bay knew her place was with her
family. But Long Quiet hadn't found her only to lose her
again. He had to convince this woman--his woman--that her
true home was with him... as together they would fight for a
love strong enough to bridge two worlds....