Calhoun County, Iowa
Sadie Pritchard was dumped by the wagon train after her no good husband died from a drunken accident and her two boys became very ill with smallpox. Sadie accepts an offer by a friendly frontier family, the Gardners, to convalesce with her boys in their neighbor’s empty cabin. As her boys began to recover, dark and brooding giant Sam “Mac” MacCallister returns to his cabin.
Having been gone for four months Mac cannot believe the sight of the woman, whom he begins to think of as “scarecrow”, living in his cabin with her two rowdy boys. Having a dilemma of his own as to how to care for his infant daughter and go about his chores, Mac comes to a decision. He will allow the down-on-her-luck widow to stay until her boys are well enough to travel. In return, Sadie can take care of his motherless baby. Simple enough. That is until Mac unexpectedly allows Sadie and her kids to worm their way under his skin and into his heart.
What a stunning surprise was Dana George’s Wishes on Water! Featuring actual historical figures such as Sioux Indian chief Inkapaduta, and massacre survivor Abbie Gardner, Ms. George interweaves the fictional love story of Mac and Sadie with the real events of the Sioux uprising that became known as the Spirit Lake Massacre. The very graphic violence is stomach turning at points. Still, I found myself totally engrossed and compelled to keep reading. Mac and Sadie's love grows so strong it can survive death, destruction and hardships.