Publisher: Revell (August 2009)
416 pages, eBook (purchased myself for $8.99)
Book Rating: 4 Stars
Sensuality: White Heart
This is a coming of age story set in the Kentucky frontier. Lael, is the daughter of famed frontiersman, Ezekial Click, a mysterious, stoic man held captive in her youth by the Shawnee Indians. With strength and courage, Lael makes her way through the simplicity and harshness of frontier life, plagued by family secrets and trying to make sense of her feelings toward three different suitors. I liked how this story was not rushed or action-driven, but almost contemplative, even in its most tense moments. The characters and life itself are all shown to be extremely complicated, with no easy answers. This is a Christian Romance, so it does include religious undertones, themes and passages, but I did not find it overly preachy. I did not like the open-endedness of Captain Jack's fate in the end, and wished it had been sealed irrevocably in the epilogue with word of his death in battle or in sickness. The thought of him alive and knowing her fate lay elsewhere, feels like a betrayal to him, which I cannot accept. I prefer to think it was his spirit in the field that day and not him in body. I also would have liked to know what happened in future to Ransom. Did he ever find happiness of his own?