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Chase Rivers had first met Katherine HIghtower in a dream. He did not think her real. But the Shaman of his tribe,Burning Tree, had arranged their meeting to keep them together. The dreams were erotic and Chase at first rejected them. But once he met Katherine and saw her predicament, he wanted to help. Burning Tree told him he had to bring her back to the tribe she was related to. Katherine knew nothing of the relation. She'd just lost her folks and two of her siblings to the fever, so when Chase showed up at ...
Chase Rivers had first met Katherine HIghtower in a dream. He did not think her real. But the Shaman of his tribe,Burning Tree, had arranged their meeting to keep them together. The dreams were erotic and Chase at first rejected them. But once he met Katherine and saw her predicament, he wanted to help. Burning Tree told him he had to bring her back to the tribe she was related to. Katherine knew nothing of the relation. She'd just lost her folks and two of her siblings to the fever, so when Chase showed up at the stagecoach station as a prisoner of the army Katherine was perplexed. He had a mission, to bring her back. She had lost all hope of having a future. With her folks dead she planned to run the station with her only surviving brother. But the men who brought Chase in were worse than their prisoner and tried to molest her. Had it not been for Chase they would have. When Chase was wounded, she nursed him back to health. In return he promised to see her and her brother to safety.
Chase now had to convince Katherine and her brother to go with him, and he found her very stubborn. But circumstances again threw them together and the dreams became regular for Katherine now. She knew him in the dreams, how could that be?
Katherine refused to believe she was part Indian and when a neighbor kidnapped her and drug her away, Chase had to go after her. The dreams kept them together and told Chase where to find her. But even if he managed to rescue her, would she come willingly with him to save his people, her people? And what of the growing feelings between them in the dreams, they were so powerful. Could she deny her love for him when the dream proved it?
Posted March 29, 2011
BEYOND THE DREAM CATCHER's vivid world building left me breathless in a world of long ago. As I read, I found myself falling in love with the Native American culture as much as the characters. Fans of historical westerns are going to thoroughly enjoy Rita Hestand's novel.
I'm going to admit, I was thinking this was a Texas cowboy story. Why in the world I would think such a thing with the title BEYOND THE DREAM CATCHER, I am not sure. I'll call it divine intervention because I'm a sucker for a cowboy, but I've never read a story centered around the Native American culture.
And how divine it was.
BEYOND THE DREAM CATCHER is a passionate tale set in Texas around the time of the civil war. It's a difficult time to make a life in the west. The Native Americans and the American soldiers are at war, laws seem unjust by today's standards, and the dry soil is unforgiving to those in search of food. Ms. Hestand was able to translate all that hardship into an interesting backdrop to develop very emotionally complex characters.
Chase Rivers is of mixed blood. Half Shawnee and half white, he has enjoyed times when both sides of him have been embraced and rejected. He is driven by one thing-- the desire to avenge the rape and death of a girl he couldn't prevent as a child. But now his Shaman has sent him on a journey. He is to find the woman who haunts his dreams, inform her of her own mixed heritage and return her to her Shawnee people.
I found Chase to be quite fascinating. He feels the weight of the world on his shoulders and never seemed to allow himself to measure up. He holds the bar for himself so high it seems almost impossible to reach. Even when wrongly accused, he allows the white man to arrest him and he willingly goes to his own hanging. It was interesting to uncover whether he was full of honor or if he had some sort of death wish.
Katherine Hightower is the woman whom Chase is looking for. Katherine's parents and siblings (except for one younger brother) have all recently died with the fever. She and her brother planned to run the stagecoach stop as her parents did in hopes of making a living. Of course, this is the Wild West and women are in very real danger, even from the soldiers sworn to protect them. With Chase's help, Katherine manages to stay alive and learn of her true mixed heritage. The realization that her father wasn't her biological father, the death of her family and the endless life threatening events the Wild West sends her way makes for one interesting woman to get to know. This poor girl is struggling to stay alive and to understand how the man in her dreams is real, much less comprehend her feelings about him or her new life. She is this interesting dichotomy of strength and weakness, love and hate.
But even more compelling than these two very intriguing characters was the world in which Ms. Hestand created for them. I felt like I truly stepped back in time and had a little history lesson. One that painted a picture of struggles and celebrated triumphs because simply finding water was worth celebrating at times. I got a taste of the harsh life of a pioneer and the foreign life of the Shawnee.
This one is going on my favorite-firsts shelf. I invite all fans of historical romance to fall in love with the Shawnee, the west and Katherine and Chase right alongside me. And thanks to Ms. Hestand for writing one satisfying epilogue. I just love when everything is tied up so neatly. Enjoy!
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