Berkley, Jul 2004, 6.50, 352 pp.
When the military attacked the Lakota village, they rescued captured white woman Emma Hartwell, a prisoner for seven years. However, her return is not filled with joy as everyone including her family except her sister treats her like a pariah.
Her parents decide to send Emma to live with widowed aunt in St. Paul, but instead she leaves at night by herself seeking to learn if her son Chayton survived the massacre. Her father John hires former scout Ridge Madoc to bring his daughter home. Ridge realizes that Emma is more a “Squaw Woman” than she is a white as she makes the trail hard to follow. As they begin to travel together, they fall in love; however, she refuses to believe that he does not care one iota about her Indian experience. All he wants besides her is to help her raise Chayton .
This entertaining historical romance highlights the problems faced by a white woman coming home after years living with an Indian tribe. The story line is character driven as Emma makes the plot work with her resolve to find her son although that will paint her as even more of an exile amongst family and friends.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner