In the uncharted American frontier, a young widow becomes part of an expedition to chart the Oklahoma Indian Territory. But it is the wild abandonment of her heart for a married man that poses a greater danger. Original.
If American history was taught in schools as it is in ex-army colonel Lovelace's historical romances (In Love and War, etc.), students would be lining up for social studies texts like they were the latest Harry Potter. In this early 19th-century romance, the author demonstrates her flair for incorporating historical fact-in this case, the political maneuverings surrounding the acquisition of the Louisiana Territory-so skillfully into a fascinating fictional plot that it goes down painlessly; indeed, it reads like great gossip. The story centers on the love triangle between Louise Therese Chartier, an Osage half-breed who was sold as a child bride five years previously; married infantry sergeant Daniel Morgan, who assumes responsibility for fiery Louise when her husband is killed; and Daniel's high-strung commander, Lt. James Wilkinson, the leader of an expeditionary force charged with exploring the Arkansas River. Though Daniel is strongly attracted to Louise, his sense of honor keeps him from turning his back on his wife. James, meanwhile, pursues Louise for her beauty and her inheritance, which his father, General Wilkinson, hopes to use to build his own private empire. The senior and junior Wilkinsons are real, the sergeant and young widow fictional. But all blend seamlessly into a compulsively readable tale. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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December 01, 2003
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