by Rosina Lafata

August 2003
ISBN: 1-59088-172-9
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While delivering a horse for her father, Elizabeth MacNamee is captured by a group of Indians. Elizabeth was already furious with herself for getting lost and off the trail, but now must keep her wits about her as the de facto leader of the group, White Eagle, claims her for himself. Stunned by his sudden feelings for Elizabeth, he lets no one else touch her, including his twin, Red Shadow, who also has strong emotions for the young woman.

After examining her captors Elizabeth is shocked to discover that White Eagle and Red Shadow are red-haired, blue-eyed white men who speak English but who consider themselves to be Indian. These are just the first of the surprises for both the young Indians and Elizabeth in Rosina LaFataís Double Destiny.

Elizabeth, injured when she tries to escape from White Eagle, is incapacitated for days after they arrive at the Indian bandís camp. She discovers upon awakening that she hasnít been captured by just any braves, but by the future chief, White Eagle. Red Shadow is the future shaman, something Elizabeth understands since she has foresworn all men in order to dedicate herself to medicine. From the beginning, her presence instigates the first serious rivalry between the twins.

Although she tries to convince White Eagle that her father will rescue her, he discounts her claim. Heís sure he can hold her and keep the tribe together against any trouble. He tells her to get used to living in the tribe, get used to being his for whatever purpose he wants. Elizabethís father does come for her, but not before White Eagle is forced to admit that Elizabeth is much more than a possession to him.

For reasons I wonít reveal here, Red Shadow and White Eagle leave the tribe with the rescued Elizabeth. Now the tables are turned and they are thrust into the white manís world, for which they are unprepared. The question readers have is how Elizabeth and White Eagle overcome their cultural differences so their love can grow.

Although it stands on its own, Double Destiny is a sequel to Avenging Angel, picking up the story with Samanthaís daughter. I enjoyed this book very much. White Eagle is totally believable as the arrogant man who knows heís going to be chief and expects to be obeyed without question. Elizabeth is spunky and quick with a retort, mostly unafraid of White Eagle. Red Shadow, Elizabethís steadfast friend and supporter, is a fully blown character, with values and ideals that often surpass his brotherís.

There were only a few minor drawbacks. The story slowed a bit near the end, some of Elizabethís language seemed a bit too modern for the historical setting, and certainly the command and nuances of English displayed by the brothers and other members of the tribe were over the top. But frankly, I was able to suspend all of this because I really enjoyed the story, and especially the changes in White Eagleís personality. I will look for more of Ms. LaFataís work.

Reviewed in July 2003 by Kris.

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