Heart of the Rockies
Set in northwestern Colorado, in the 1870's we meet young independent Shiloh Wainwright. A young woman on a mission! She was headed to the White River Indian Agency to teach the Ute Indian children there in the agency. She is delighted to find her childhood friend Jesse Blackwater, but dismayed to find that all is not as represented at the Agency. There is much unrest among the Utes, and it is a boiling pot, ready to boil over. Another disappointment is the fact that Jesse seems determined to do anything and everything he can to dissuade her from her mission. A trip across the mountains, hurrying Shiloh home after hearing of her sister's near death illness, will forever change Jesse and Shiloh, but it will not be enough to overcome the obstacles in the path of their friendship and their budding romantic feelings to each other.
Drama seems to follow Shiloh, though. After her sister's miraculous recovery, Shiloh returns to the White River Indian Agency to find that the politics of the Agency have degraded and an Indian raid seems to be on the horizon. Finding herself in danger, all Shiloh can do is pray and hope that Jesse can rescue her in time.
This was a dramatic book, with lots of twists and turns. You would think that Jesse and Shiloh had finally settled things when another twist would pull them apart. While it was a wonderfully written story, it sometimes seemed a bit implausible to me. But that did not take away from the fact that it was a great story. I easily give this a 4 star rating! 310 pages US $14.99 4 stars
This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
Available May 2012 from your favorite seller of Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group.