It's been a long time since I had a blind date and I haven't always had good luck with those dates but I really lucked out this time. I was given a chance to read a book chosen for me by JustRead Tours and I'm thrilled with their choice!
ABOUT THE BOOK
One woman with a deep desire to serve and help. One brave who will stop at nothing to save his people. Each willing to die for their beliefs and love for one another. Will their sacrifice be enough?
As a female medical doctor in 1864, Sadie Hoppner is no stranger to tragedy and loss. While she grapples with the difficulties of practicing medicine at a Colorado outpost, she learns that finding acceptance and respect proves especially difficult at Fort Lyon.
Cheyenne brave Five Kills wants peace between his people and the American Army. But a chance encounter with their female doctor ignites memories from his upbringing among the whites … along with a growing fondness for the one person who seems to understand him and his people.As two cultures collide with differing beliefs of right and wrong, of what constitutes justice and savagery, blood spills on the Great Plains. When the inevitable war reaches Fort Lyon, the young couple's fledgling love is put to the test.
As I read Sand Creek Serenade I quickly recognized that prejudice is definitely an underlying theme. Sadie Hoppner is a dedicated and talented doctor but in 1864, women doctors weren't the first choice when people needed medical care. Time and again, she had to overcome their reluctance and prove that she could heal them. But her greatest challenge occurred when she met and fell in love with a Cheyenne brave! A white woman and an Indian? Unheard of!
This is my first Jennifer Uhlarik book and I couldn't have picked a better book to introduce me to her amazing writing talents. She has created two exceptional characters to tell a story of forbidden love during a time of unrest that culminated in the Sand Creek Massacre. It's very evident that she extensively researched this tragic occurrence and I won't soon forget the evident mistreatment of Native Americans. She doesn't have a faith message evident in every page but there is a conversion scene that I will long remember, and then...there is the love story. The deep love between Sadie and Five Kills is sweet and pure but their physical attraction simply took by breath away! If you enjoy historical romance, you need to read Sand Creek Serenade.
I voluntarily accepted a complimentary copy of this book from the author. These are my personal opinions.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jennifer Uhlarik discovered the western genre as a pre-teen, when she swiped the only “horse” book she found on her older brother’s bookshelf. A new love was born. Across the next ten years, she devoured Louis L’Amour westerns and fell in love with the genre. In college at the University of Tampa, she began penning her own story of the Old West. Armed with a B.A. in writing, she has won five writing competitions and finaled in two other competitions. In addition to writing, she has held jobs as a private business owner, a schoolteacher, a marketing director, and her favorite—a full-time homemaker. Jennifer is active in American Christian Fiction Writers and lifetime member of the Florida Writers Association. She lives near Tampa, Florida, with her husband, teenaged son, and four fur children.
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