by Cassie Edwards

August 2004
ISBN: 0-8439-5054-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Leisure Books
Mass Market Paperback

Although Kathia Parish had temporarily left her home in Port Angeles to move to Ozette to help care for her ill father, she still planned on returning back to the big city. There, she lived her lifelong dream of being a ballerina.

But dreams can change. Upon meeting Chief Bright Arrow of the strong Makah Indian tribe, Kathia realizes that being a dancer was not her only ambition in life. She also wants to be a wife and a mother. The fact that the man she loves is Indian, and she is a white female does not destroy Kathia’s vision of a happy ending.

What is a relationship formed in the heavens to two is not necessarily a blessing to everyone, and Kathia and Bright Arrow’s cruise to love is not one carried by calm waters. Among the rough currents is Bright Arrow’s mother, Whispering Wind, who is not too pleased by the idea of her son being in love with a white woman. An even more deadly force threatening to destroy the two lovers is the fill-in lighthouse keeper, Dusty Harper, who is obsessed with Kathia.

With such danger around them, the only thing Kathia and Bright Arrow have on their side is savage hope. Hopefully, it will be enough to protect them.

Readers who are fans of Cassie Edwards’ Indian romances will most likely enjoy Savage Hope as well. In addition to exploring an interracial romance in a time when those romances were greatly discouraged, Savage Hope also depicts the life of the strong Makah Indians of the Pacific Northwest.

Others, who might be reading one of Edwards’ books for the first time, like this reviewer, may be disappointed in this particular novel. The writing came across as monotonous, and as such, the book dragged along at an unbelievably slow pace.

The characters were unimaginative, and their personalities, as dry as paper cutouts. The only interesting aspect of the novel was the trips into the Makah village, and there were too few of these. Additional scenes devoted to the Makahs would have helped make this novel much more entertaining.

Reviewed in November 2004 by Natasha.

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