LORD OF THE PLAINS
by T. L. Gray

April 2004
ISBN: 1-59279-225-1
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Jen Foster followed her brother, Brad, out west in hopes of seeing the plains and the Indians her grandmother always told her about. Raised to be tolerant of the differences between the white man and the Indian, Brad returns to the Fort with an injured Indian girl to tend. When the Fort is attacked by the girlís tribe, Brad and Jen are captured; for completely different reasons.


Black Bear, also called Moto, is the Chiefís son. When he has a dream about a beautiful white woman with midnight colored hair and blue eyes, he visits his Shaman to try and glean what information he can regarding the dream. The Shaman feels that the white womanís and Black Bearís souls are intertwined. When his tribe attacks the Fort to rescue the abducted Indian girl, Moto is both shocked and pleased to find the woman from his dream.


Thus begins an epic battle between man and woman, Indian and white. What happens when you have an independent, intelligent woman and a dominating, demanding man? All hell can break loose. Written true to form for the time frame, this story was both intriguing and annoying to me. Moto is so domineering that I spent most of the time really hating him. He demands respect, as is his due as the Chiefís son, yet is most often unable to even give a hint as to what he wants from Jen. His training of her, as if she were a dog, made me so angry. Jen is young, with rose-colored glasses of those who have been told fairy tales of the happily-ever-after. When the glasses are stripped away along with most of her dignity, she does what she can to make herself happy; making Jen a very brave young woman.


While there are actions and prejudices in this story that upset me and made me want to stop reading it, I did remind myself that these were par for the time frame in which the story is written. And it is a very well-written historical book. T.L. Gray obviously took the time to research, not only the time frame, but also the people of that era to make a faithful setting for this romance. Instead of giving us fairytales, author Gray gives us true life which makes believing the struggle between the main characters and their emotions both real and corporeal. If you really enjoy honest historical storylines with your romance, then Lord of the Plains is a must read for you.


Reviewed in November 2004 by Vikky.

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