Leisure, Aug 2003, 6.99, 366 pp.
Among the soldiers lying dead alongside Custer is Major Lloyd Wilson, who left behind a wife Mary Beth and a five-year-old son David. Mary Beth had come west to inform her spouse that she wanted a divorce, but now feels guilty as she waits at Fort Kitt for word that she can journey back to her Kentucky home.
On the trek east, renegade Indians attack Mary Beth's military escort. They take her and David prisoner, but separate the pair. Chief Brave Wolf, seeking his brother who fought with the Yellow Hair, rescues Mary Beth. Though fearful of him, she entreats him to help her find and save her child. On their trek together, they fall in love, but in the post Little Big Horn battle are not times for a biracial relationship and then there remains Night Horse, a man with no world.
Though well written starring two charming lead protagonists and a strong support cast that brings out the aftermath of Custer's Last Stand, SAVAGE HERO in many ways is the typical Cassie Edwards' Indian romance. The story line is Ms. Edwards' trademark paint by numbers tale, but also contains an insightful look at the fall of 1876 approximately three months before the battle. Fans of the author and of the sub-genre will appreciate SAVAGE HERO as few can relate a story as well as Ms. Edward's does with her over thirty “Savage” novels, but this book belongs with the top rung.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner