Signet, May 2003, 6.99, 352 pp.
In 1857 Irish immigrants Maureen O'Rourke and her parents move to Louisiana where she sells her watercolors and they open a bakery. Her current commission is with wealthy Taylor Clairmont, who covets expanding his holdings by stealing nearby Indian land. The nasty Taylor does not care how he succeeds as long as he owns more. His men set on fire the Chitamacha Rosedown Worship House where an Indian boy Sun Arrow was worshipping.
When Taylor kisses Maureen, she flees in disgust. However, her flight for freedom ends abruptly when Sun Arrow's father Sharp Wing abducts her because he thinks Maureen is Taylor's wife and that he is the villain who killed his son. The tribe chief Racing Moon is attracted to the hostage, but refuses to act because he also believes she is a married woman. When Sun Arrow turns up alive, Maureen tells Racing Moon the truth, as she is attracted to the chief. They make love and agree to marry, but first he must deal with Taylor who burns down the replacement holy building.
Cassie Edwards has the patent on Indian romances. Her latest action packed tale contains plenty of depth into the lifestyle of the tribe and stars a strong couple. However, all conflict is resolved too easily in favor of the good guys while the villain has no redeeming qualities. Still Ms. Edwards provides a delightful diversion for her fans.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner