Just a middle-brow reader who loves a good story, recipe or how-to.
Taabe Waipu has spent twelve years among the Comanche, first as a captive and then as an adopted member of a family. When an unwanted bride price is left outside her home, she takes the fastest of the four horses and flees. Travelling south, towards the white men’s settlements, she is injured and loses the horse. Found by Ned Bright, a mail coach driver, Taabe is taken in by a group of nuns who are starting a school in the Texas grasslands. As she heals from her wounds and re-learns English, she grows to love her caretakers, a young Mexican girl, and possibly even Ned. But always she is aware that Peca, the man who wanted her for his wife, will be coming for her. She has shamed him and the Comanche do not allow escape.
While this book is classified as a romance, and the romance is believable and heartwarming, that is not what takes center stage. Rather, it is Taabe’s journey to rediscover the identity she tried so hard to hold onto and to find her family. It is about the heartbreak of families who lost children to raids, and those who lost them in other ways, whether Comanche, white, or Mexican. It is also about growing in faith and understanding. And all of this is handled in a wonderful manner by the author, who avoids heavy handedness and taking the easy way of relying on a hero/villain dichotomy between Comanche and rancher.
I greatly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, romance, and tales of the American West complete with action scenes.