Love Spell, Jul 2004, 6.99, 320 pp.
Her Comanche grandmother told Kris Baldwin many tales about their people; thus, though a mixed breed, Kris is comfortable with her duel heritage and even wears the stone that her Indian Grandmother gave her. Kris goes swimming in Barton Springs, Texas when she notices a stone like the one she wears around her neck. She also sees an Indian warrior gesturing for her to come to him. Bewildered, Kris almost drowns, but the Indian saves her life.
More baffling to Kris is how she ended up a century and half in the past. She concludes that she is in a graphic dream and his People refuse to accept that Kris is a powerful person sent to help the villagers. Only her rescuer Black Eagle believes otherwise. Kris begins to understand first hand the plight that is glossed over in modern day (that is her biological era) history books and what will happen to the various tribes. She duels with two deep contrary feelings of loving Black Eagle and knowing that she must return to use her knowledge to help her mother's People even as the evil Coyote Droppings wants to destroy her so she cannot help anyone.
This insightful time travel romance emphasizes the era with a realistic portrayal of the inner conflict that Indians struggled with as the tribes contend with self-respect and love for the land vs. overwhelming odds of war with the Anglos and certain devastation. The romance is solid and the cast offers a fabulous look into the past.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner