By Susan Page Davis
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Texas Trails Series Book 2
Two points of view (I think)
About the book:
(From the back cover)
A girl has become a woman while in captivity
A stagecoach driver longs to take her home
to the home she barely remembers.
Taabe Waipu flees her Comanche village. Somewhere in southern Texas her real family lives in the white world. For years she’s struggled to keep the memories from fading.
Butterfield Overland Mail Company driver Ned Bright finds a woman, exhausted and injured, lying in the road. He takes her to a mission run by Ursuline nuns.
With hard work, Ned discovers Taabe Waipu’s identity. He plans to unite her with her family, but the Comanche have other ideas.
Doubt meets hope, and fear gives way to faith in the Morgan family.
Why I chose the book:
I’ve enjoyed stories about Native Americans pretty much since I can remember. Goodness, one of my dreams is to live for a year in a tipi. With wifi, of course. As I got older though, it seemed like a lot of the Indian/Western stories that were written for my age were either too violent or romantic for my taste. (Come on Authors! Balance, please, I’m begging of you!) From what I could see of this book it didn’t seem to go overboard on either, so that was pretty cool. Oh, and again, I didn’t realize it was the second book in the series…
What I thought:
I liked the start of the book. I really liked it. I felt like I was in the story right away, and that’s important for me. It was intriguing trying to figure out what was going on and seeing things from Taabe’s perspective was interesting. The snatches of things she could and couldn’t remember made me wonder what it would be like if I was in her position and actually kinda reminded me of a book I’m working on (totally, totally different, though).
Quinta, a nine-year-old spit-fire was probably my favorite character. Her “duh” approach to life was fun to read about. This is the way it is, or should be anyway, so why are we standing here thinking about it? I liked her.
As the book progressed, I had the sad feeling that it wasn’t exactly progressing after all. At least not as much as I was hoping it would. There didn’t seem to be a big bang when anything unexpected happened.
I did enjoy the whole book, just not as much as I thought I would. I plan on trying more books by the same author in the future.
There was a little bit of violence throughout the book and obviously the two main characters liked each other, but I didn’t feel like either parts were overdone.
I’m giving it three stars.