Have you read any of Stephanie Grace Whitson‘s books? Among other things she writes historical Christian fiction, mostly about women in the pioneering days of the western United States. I love her style of writing, if not always the particular subject (in history).
Here’s a summary of Soaring Eagle taken from my Goodreads friend Loraine’s review of the book:
Will LisBeth be able to forgive her half-brother, Soaring Eagle, who now possesses the gold locket her young husband wore when he died at the battle of Little Big Horn?
After the battle of Little Big Horn, newly widowed LisBeth King Baird returns to Lincoln, Nebraska, only to discover that her mother is also gone. Grieving, she must pick up the threads of life and begin again.
With her world shattered by the violence between the Sioux and whites, LisBeth’s rebellious heart finds little comfort in the Christianity that sustained her mother through so many trials.
Will there ever be another man who will love her and be proud to marry a woman of mixed parentage? And what will she do if she comes face-to-face with her half brother, the Sioux warrior, Soaring Eagle?
You may read Loraine’s entire review by clicking here.
Here is my book review of Soaring Eagle on Goodreads:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Public library copy. Jumped right into this story from page one. Love the Scripture for each new chapter.
This book is fabulous! It continues the saga begun in Walks the Fire “by uniting the stories of three very different people — a young widow, a disillusioned soldier, and an angry Sioux warrior — to create a moving novel of romance and faith.” (back cover)
Walks the Fire is the mother of the young widow, LisBeth King. No spoilers .. The third book in the series is Red Bird, which I have read previously, and plan to re-read soon.
The author does a fabulous job of weaving together the history of the Sioux, the characters, and the story, with a strong central cord of God Himself. She beautifully shares, without preaching, the struggles of multiple characters in their trials and suffering of life, and their faith. The Bible is foundational in influencing their faith.
On many levels this book ministers to the heart of the reader. The Sioux history stands alone. The characters are strong and clear. The romance stands alone. And their paths away from and toward God stand alone. I highly recommend this book.