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Monday, May 22, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- COMANCHE WOMAN by Joan Johnston

Comanche Woman (Sisters of the Lone Star Book 2) by [Johnston, Joan]
In this dazzling prequel to the New York Times bestsellers The Cowboy and The Texan, Joan Johnston takes us back to a time when Texas was a young and wild republic, and three strong-willed sisters carved out a destiny that would spawn two legendary dynasties. Here is the spellbinding tale of a woman captured by Comanches—and of the proud warrior who vows to make her love him.

Born to a white father and his Indian bride, Long Quiet believed his destiny lay with his Comanche brothers. But his heart secretly belonged to Bayleigh Stewart, daughter of the richest cotton planter in Texas, who’d been abducted by a marauding brave and sold to the highest bidder. For years he’d searched for the violet-eyed beauty, and now a strange twist of fate led him to her. 

Called Shadow by her captors, Bay had almost given up hope of rescue, when a rugged stranger in buckskins appeared, risking his life to bring her home...and awakening a passion that burned hot and true. Bay knew her place was with her family. But Long Quiet hadn’t found her only to lose her again. He had to convince this woman—his woman—that her true home was with him... as together they would fight for a love strong enough to bridge two worlds....AMAZON  4.5 STARS

Good characters and plenty of drama and misunderstandings.  Long Quiet and Bayleigh/Shadow were both interesting people and you get to see their P.O.V.'s, making it easy to be drawn into what they are going through, who they are and their hopes and some of their dreams.  Long Quiet has his work cut out for him when it comes to Bay.  He's searched for her for so long and was almost about to give up when things began to align in his favor. It's quite the different slant in the story about where she has been and the how of why she was so hard to find.  That was a story in itself.
We get to see manipulations that have gone on and are still going on and it's not just limited to one race.  It is happening in both the Indian and White community, including Rip, Bay's father, and the Indian medicine man and another white man that I won't name because that would kind of spoil it for new readers.  There is also a couple of women that get into the act with their own agenda also.  Now, don't get the wrong idea, it's not all evil.  There are good people and tender moments as well. 
Long Quiet does woo Bay but as you can expect not without difficulties. For a while, its like one step forward and then two steps back.  But it doesn't come across as tiresome to me.  They do get their H.E.A. and the sense of families beginning to heal continues. 

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