Joleen Longman has lived in the Appalachian Mountains her whole life. Her Grandpa Longman taught her survival skills and took her along many trails before his death. He left her his cabin and she now resides there. One night on her way home from a sťance with her friends, she crashes her car into a tree on the road, and then is swept away in a flash flood. When she wakens, she is covered in mud, and she canít find her cabin or the road.
Allen Flint is the scout for a wagon train headed to the Louisiana Territory. The man in charge of the group, McKean, has enticed men to come by promising land and brides. Flint finds Joleen
when she tries to call out to Cree Indians passing by. He has been
trying to draw them away from the wagon train, and she almost gets them
both captured. Flint is a practical man, and decides to turn her over to the people at Fort Pratt. However, when he finds out what McKean and the Captain at the fort have planned for her, he has to intervene.
Joleen is a woman out of her time, but familiar enough with the mountains to be able to keep herself safe. Unfortunately, another Indian finds her and decides to make her his. Will Flint able to rescue her in time?
Jewel Adams has written an interesting story set in pre-Revolutionary War America. Unfortunately, the copy of the book that I read had so many word errors, then for than, lathe for lave, winch for wince, it was very distracting. The love scenes were clumsily written at times, leaving me wincing. The development of the relationship between Flint and Joleen kept me reading and Ms. Adams shows a lot of promise as a writer. I hope that many of the errors I noted are corrected in the final edition of the novel. If so, this will be a very good book.
Reviewed by Nancy Riggins-Hume
for The Road to Romance
February 25, 2005