by Pamela Johnson

May 2002
ISBN: 1-59080-114-8
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Sarah Reynolds is finally going to live with her father after more than 10 years. She is supposed to help with the missionary school for the children on the nearby Indian villages, but she does not make it and neither does the wagon train, because some incidents leave a few of the Indians in the nearby villages out for retribution, not to kill anyone but to scare them. However their plans did not work out the way they were supposed to! There were only two survivors from the wagon train and that was only because of one Cherokee - White Eagle. He'd had a very bad feeling that things were not going to end very well and they did not.

White Eagle is a great hunter for his Cherokee village, who also has visions of what lies ahead for his village and the neighboring Indian villages as well. He is wounded when he helps save Sarah and Isabella from the wagon train massacre, leaving Sarah to fend for herself, Isabella and to care for him. Which she does to the best of her ability and with the help of White Eagle when he is conscious and Running Doe, White Eagle's sister.

White Eagle's Lady is a story of two cultures coming together to learn from one another and to help bridge the gap between them. This is a fantastic tale of love that is endless, boundless and everlasting, not only for the hero and heroine but for the children as well. The chain of events from the very beginning is painful, but love does work in mysterious ways. And the love between White Eagle and Sarah Reynolds is what this story is about. A love that transpires time, place, culture and bigotry.

Pamela Johnson was able to weave fact with fiction in this story, intertwining the two to make it very beautiful and sad. If anyone has heard or read about the "Trail of Tears" you will recognize it each time it is mentioned in the story. If you have read White Eagle's Lady and do not know about the "Trail of Tears" and the rose (Cherokee Rose) that Sarah describes at the end of the story then you might want to find out about it as it is a part of history.

Reviewed in August 2002 by Pam.

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