A heart warming love story rich in Lakota customs and history.
As with most of this author’s books they come from the heart and her experiences. That always shines through in her writing. Chaska Belcourt and his sister Winona were raised as Lakotians. His grandfather being heavily into the old ways and his father a Sun Dance chief. He likes his heritage but he left the reservation and went to college and his sister soon followed. They both settled into Scarlet Springs where he is both a mechanical engineer and part of the Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue Team. It is while out on a hike that he and his sister come across a badly injured woman that turns out to be his half-side (matching female half)
Naomi Archer is a woman that has been running from her heritage since the day she was abandoned after her birth. She was adopted but religious fanatics who abused her causing her to run away at 16. She’s never known her true heritage and was made to believe it was something to be ashamed of by her adoptive parents. Years later she makes her own jewelry and has come to Colorado on vacation to take pictures of and draw animals for future pieces. Its while out in the woods alone that she crosses paths with two dangerous men who mean her harm. She manages to escape them but not before getting shot and injuring herself more. Its Chaska and his sister who come across her and set her rescue in motion.
There are a lot “come to terms” through this book. Chaska having to come to terms with Naomi being the one, Naomi having to overcome the insecurities her past instilled in her and eventually embracing her true heritage along with trusting her heart to Chaska.
A good love story rich in Native American culture which has always fascinated me.