Avon, Oct 2002, 5.99, 384 pp.
In 1870 Texas, widow Susanna Copeland interviews inmates of the local jail because she needs to hire a man to pose as her husband so her “spouse” can hire males for a cattle drive as no one will work for a woman. Everyone scorns her except Eagle Jack Sixkiller who resides in jail because two thugs beat him up while stealing his racing horse. Desperate to move her nine hundred-member herd to Kansas to keep her ranch, Susanna hires Eagle Jack.
He will take her herd to Kansas, but not with her along, as Susanna demands. He fails to persuade her that women don't belong on the trail. Eagle Jack informs his boss that if the decision involves life and death he makes it. On the trail, Eagle Jack teaches an eager to learn Susanna how to lead as a trail boss, work a herd and scout ahead. As they travel together as a pretend couple, they fall in love, but it appears neither will take the key next step needed to make their arrangement permanent.
CHEROKEE WARRIORS: THE LOVER is an entertaining tale that provides readers with a vivid description of what happens on a late nineteenth century cattle drive, which will thrill fans of western novels as much as those who relish a strong romance. The support cast delightfully brings out either the traits of the lead protagonists, the trail, or both. Though the obstinacy of the heroine becomes weary, the audience will appreciate riding along with Genell Dellin on this exciting cattle driven story line.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner