Forced to leave his Cheyenne tribe, Broken Bow is transported to St. Augustine, Florida where he and seventy-three others are considered prisoners within the walls of Fort Marion. Except for the kindness and compassion bestowed upon him by several unexpected persons, Broken Bow might have succumbed to the hate and bitterness festering within his soul. Among those were a young woman and her intended, an exceptionally kind British officer and a local citizen with a passion for education. One of the items afforded Broken Bow was an art ledger and the implements needed to catalog his experience. Providentially, it was that very ledger that spanned the centuries to help another young woman, who struggling with her past, was tempted to give into despair.
The history between these pages is absolutely amazing. Lieutenant Richard Henry Pratt and Sarah Mather are unsung heroes, putting one foot in front of the other as they walked right into the setting of this book. And while the transitions from one time period to the other may have had some awkward moments and noticeable gaps, the overall effect was transforming. And that, I think, was exactly what the author desired this book to be.
(And charming little Brynn and kind of scary Matty stole the show!)
*I purchased this book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 3.5 stars
An Epic Love Story From the Past Brings Closure to Dani’s Fractured Family Roots
Walk through Doors to the Past via a series of historical stories of romance and adventure.
Upon receiving word that her long-estranged father has passed away, Dani Sango inherits the former art forger’s entire estate. Among his many pieces of artwork are a series of obviously Native American drawings and paintings, which lead her to research St. Augustine of 1875. White Elk is transported to Florida to join other Cheyenne braves already being held in Fort Marion. Sally Jo Harris is at the fort teaching the Indians. When a friendship develops between them and false accusations fly, it could cost them their lives. Can Dani discover how their story ends and how it shaped her own father’s life?