Author: Teri Harman
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Date: May 11, 2019
Publisher: Mirror Press
A love as contrary as the landscape… Can it survive the coming storm?
Better than any cowboy, Oakley Hallowell’s hard work and mystical gifts are the reason her family’s ranch thrives in the harsh landscape of Paradox Valley, Colorado, in 1889. But while the land and animals prosper under her care, Oakley battles to survive the control and abuse of her father, Gideon.
Antero, a lone Ute Indian, helps Oakley after a fall from her horse. She prays her father never finds out—for Antero’s safety and her own. But one chance meeting quickly evolves into a forbidden love affair. When a local man is murdered and Antero accused of the gruesome crime, Oakley must fight for the life she wants. Hate, violence, death—can love survive it all?
I spent almost the entirety of this book wondering how it could possibly have a happily ever after. At one point I thought that everyone would just end up dying or mourning their loved ones. They didn’t but if you are looking for a light hearted romance – this is not the one. Lots of drama. Lots of angst. Lots of hopelessness. But there is also a sweetness in the romance even as they suffer hard things. And the rather unexplainable, almost mystic events were fascinating. I kept waiting for the author to tell us that the ravens were Antero’s parents returned as ravens. Didn’t happen. There were no real explanations for the unexplainable except that Oakley is something of an animal whisperer. That was all very intriguing. There is the theme of forgiveness being necessary throughout the book. And the forgiveness was not for small things. These were serious issues.
Potential triggers: sexual assault, death of babies, domestic violence
Sex: leering, sexual assault
Violence: yes – murder, attempted murder, attempted rape, physical and emotional abuse.