Leisure, Aug 2002, 5.99, 3608 pp.
In 1843, naturalist Daniel Tolliver dies from a fever at Fort Meyers near the Utah-Wyoming border. Daniel and his daughter Dayanara were searching for the “monster bones” at the request of their former employer the Smithsonian Institute. Partially out of honoring her beloved father and just because she is intrigued, Dayanara continues the quest.
Dayanara rescues Little Fox, a white boy raised by Indians. He takes her to the sacred grounds to show her the dinosaur bones. His father Cree Chief Quick Fox is irate that a white desecrates holy grounds, but recognizes the golden hair woman as the person haunting his dreams and visions. As Dayanara and Quick Fox fall in love, society taboos pressure both to end their relationship before it can truly form.
Though Cassie Edwards has used the underlying theme of star crossed lovers consisting of an Indian and a white about thirty times, the prehistorical remains provide somewhat of a fresh twist to these old bones. The lead couple is a charming pair albeit a bit too perfect in a world that loathes interracial mating. Still, fans of the series will enjoy the latest Cassie Edwards' entry.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner