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Sundancer
     

Sundancer

4.8 12
by Shirl Henke
 

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HIS NAME IS CAIN AND EVERYONE IN THE SIERRAS FEARS HIM

With his Cheyenne brother's blood on his hands, Cain is a half-breed hired gun, hungry to prove himself to the white father who has deserted him and cursed him with mixed blood. Fiercely ambitious, he longs for wealth and power in the cut-throat world of ruthless railroad barons.

HER NAME IS

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HIS NAME IS CAIN AND EVERYONE IN THE SIERRAS FEARS HIM

With his Cheyenne brother's blood on his hands, Cain is a half-breed hired gun, hungry to prove himself to the white father who has deserted him and cursed him with mixed blood. Fiercely ambitious, he longs for wealth and power in the cut-throat world of ruthless railroad barons.

HER NAME IS ROXANNA AND SHE PRACTICES A DESPERATE DECEPTION

Roxanna Fallon flees west impersonating Alexa Hunt, a railroad baron's only heir. When she is captured by Cheyenne raiders, her grandfather sends Cain to rescue the young woman he believes to be his granddaughter. The moment they meet in the village of his childhood, their attraction is as intense as it is forbidden.

A DEVIL'S BARGAIN DECREED BY THE POWERS

Cain makes a deal with Alexa's grandfather. He will wed the "ruined" girl to whom he is strangely drawn if the old man will make him chief of operations on the Union Pacific Railroad. The half-blood never imagines he will fall in love with the wife who has deceived him as he has her. When they return to his Cheyenne family they are forced to admit their love. In an agonizing Dance to the Sun, the half-white known as Cain faces the half-Cheyenne known as Lone Bull. Only the love a strong woman and the mystic power of an ancient Medicine Man can save the SUNDANCER.

Editorial Reviews

www.newandusedbooks.com - Kathee Card
"Sundancer shines with a cast finely wrought, empathetic and larger than life characters...a novel of incredible depth and perception."
www.RomanceFiction.com - Ces Jacobsen
"A real keeper...Sundancer is one of those not-too-often found, excellently written books that I had a hard time putting down."
Dublin Courier Herald - Mary Lowery
"To say Sundancer is a Native American romance is like saying Titanic is a story about a ship...It is a great love story, a colorful piece of American history, and a finely tuned piece of writing."
Romantic Times - Kathe Robin
"Powerful and sensual, Sundancer is one of Shirl Henke's finest. Filled with steamy love scenes, strong characters and a marvelous love story, she has once again hit the mark."
Amazon - Harriet Klausner
"No one writes Native American romance as excellently as Shirl Henke. Sundancer provides readers with her usual insight, detail and authenticity, which she deftly wraps around a scorching love story. Henke continues to serve as a model providing fantastic, extremely deep romance novels."

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012896827
Publisher:
Shirl Henke
Publication date:
06/22/2011
Series:
Cheyenne Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
404,441
File size:
616 KB

Meet the Author

SHIRL HENKE lives in St. Louis, where she enjoys gardening in her yard and greenhouse, cooking holiday dinners for her family and listening to jazz. In addition to helping brainstorm and research her books, her husband Jim is “lion tamer” for their two wild young tomcats, Pewter and Sooty, geniuses at pillage and destruction.
Shirl has been a RITA finalist twice, and has won three Career Achievement Awards, an Industry Award and three Reviewer’s Choice Awards from Romantic Times.
“I wrote my first twenty-two novels in longhand with a ballpoint pen—it’s hard to get good quills these days,” she says. Dragged into the twenty-first century by her son Matt, a telecommunication specialist, Shirl now uses two of those “devil machines.” Another troglodyte bites the dust. Please visit her at www.shirlhenke.com.

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Sundancer 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I used to be an avid reader of historical romances but I stopped as the books became shorter, the characters became simpler, the plots became sillier, the love scenes more generic, and the history much more diluted. I just chanced on this book and could tell from the synopsis that it was much more developed and interesting than the other historical romances out there today. And, wow, was my hunch right! This is a stunningly beautiful book, filled with the complexities of a well-researched historical setting and realistic, multifaceted characters. Now that I've finally re-found the kind of writing I love, I will definitely read more of Henke's books. I hope they live up to this one.
DangerGirl47 More than 1 year ago
Cain, half white, half Cheyenne, has killed his Indian half brother (with just cause), so he is an outcast. Roxanna Fallon, running from a mad woman who wants her dead, is also an outcast of sorts. In a convoluted way they were meant for each other. Sometimes I don't like to mix my historical romances with my paranormal, but in this case, the author uses Native American mysticism really effectively. There was a scene after Cain completed the Sundance and was being tended by his uncle, Sees Much, a medicine man, that totally creeped me out, in a good way. It actually raised the hair on the back of my neck. And the vivid scenes of the Sundance itself were fascinating. I thought that it was just some macho Native American thing, but it was actually a very spiritual ritual of communal purification, in part. Shirl Henke's historicals make history come alive in a way that makes it really exciting. And the love scenes ain't half-bad either! Sundancer is a book well worth a reader's time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unlike many of the half-breed heroes who shun the white world and embrace their Indian ancestry, Cain hates his Cheyenne blood. Because of it, he is only accepted in the white world because men fear him. Even in the Cheyenne village of his birth, of which his Grandfather is chief, he is despised as a "cut-hair," an Indian living as a white. When he retrieves his boss's silver-hair granddaughter from that same village in which she had been held prisoner, he becomes even more bitter. The beautiful Alexa, (her real name is Roxanna and she is masquerading as Jubal McKenzie's kin) is the intended bride of his white brother. But old man Powell, Jubal's rival and Cain's father, will not have his name contaminated by redskin leavings. Cain takes a risk and tells McKenzie that since no white man will have the girl, he will take her.in exchange for the job as Jubal's operations chief. Alexa/Roxanna has been fascinated by Cain since first she saw him. And since she is running from her own past, she finds it easy to give into that fascination and marry Cain. Neither bargains for love, each just needs to use the other, but it doesn't work out the way they plan. Of course they both fall passionately in love, as each tries to hide from the other his and her original purpose for marrying. Set against the background of the building of the transcontinental railroad, this book was fascinating in its detail, in the desperate love of two people who think they are deceiving each other, and in a host of amusing and colorful secondary characters. All of this adds up to an excellent read and an excellent intro to Ms. Henke's "Cheyenne Series." And I am certainly going to get the other two books.
sheiladancer More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK IS A 10, MUCH BETTER THAN A 5 RATING. I REALLY ENJOYED IT.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will read all her books that how much i really enjoyed this book
all558 More than 1 year ago
This author knows how to tell a story. Very detailed with the accuracy of the time and the romance is beautiful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Over 1000 pages of a great love story. Thought out characters and you really get into them. Will read again.
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