New Concepts, Jun 2002, 6.49, 320 pp.
When she was nine years old, the Caughnawagas captured Rebecca, turning her into a slave. Three years ago, the Lenapes rescued her and brought her to their Pennsylvania village where Snow Woman adopted Rebecca as her daughter.
Fur trader and Lenape blood brother Daniel Chamberlain arrives at the village. He informs his “brothers” that their goods have not yet arrived and that the French claim their land as theirs. He also cannot resist gazing at Rebecca. Quickly they fall in love, but he has a goal to prove to his family he can make it and she feels loyalty towards her adopted mother and tribe. On top of their personal dilemma, the outbreak of war between the French and English over who owns the North American colonies makes it is unsafe for anyone to travel the countryside.
There is no doubt that readers will think of the Last of the Mohicans with the backdrop and in many ways this well written colonial romance fits as the exciting story line provides insight into the precarious era. What is somewhat different than the Cooper classic is that the audience also receives a powerful look at the impact the French and Indian War has on an Indian tribe. The lead couple is a warm pair deserving of one another. Many readers will have wished they spent more time together but the realism of war impeding their courtship makes for a stronger overall novel and just a fine time for historical and Pre Revolutionary War romance readers.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner