Love Spell, May 2004, 5.99, 291 pp.
It seems all her life Suzanne Lucas has dreamed of the Native American male or at least since she was five years old and a visitor to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Now needing to make an employment decision, teacher Suzanne decides to go on a vacation back to her favorite state park after the most intense dream yet. However, at the park after seeing an old man, an earthquake strikes, injuring Suzanne.
In the 1860s, Coyote treks to his favorite spot, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, to get away from things, but an earthquake shakes things up a bit. When he reaches his oasis, he sees the injured naked white female. His grandfather informs him that Suzanne is the bird in the young warrior's dreams that he has envisioned for years. As Coyote helps heal Suzanne, they fall in love, but avaricious miners abduct his beloved trying to ransom her in exchange for the location of a legendary gold mine. Even if he succumbs to their demands, neither knows whether she will remain in the nineteenth century though if love is the ultimate force they belong together.
Time travel romance readers will enjoy Suzanne's trek. The story line is at its best when the two lovers are confronted with external enemies including stormy Mother Nature trying to bring Suzanne back to the future. The couple is a fine pairing, but has no strife between them as each easily accepts the other as their destined soulmate. Still sub-genre readers will appreciate Suzanne's journey for love and Coyote's acceptance that his cherished one was born over a hundred years from when they met.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner