The Proud and the Free

The Proud and the Free

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by Janet Dailey
     
 

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Raised on a plantation, Temple is a half Cherokee southern belle. By the 1830s, the genteel way of life she loves begins to crumble as tribal treaties are broken and the Cherokee are forced westward. Faced with overwhelming hardship, Temple finds an inner strength she never dreamed she possessed--and a love she never knew she could share. HC: Little, Brown.…  See more details below

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Raised on a plantation, Temple is a half Cherokee southern belle. By the 1830s, the genteel way of life she loves begins to crumble as tribal treaties are broken and the Cherokee are forced westward. Faced with overwhelming hardship, Temple finds an inner strength she never dreamed she possessed--and a love she never knew she could share. HC: Little, Brown. (Historical Fiction)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Having made her mark in the contemporary romance genre, Dailey (Tangled Vines) returns to historical fiction with a bleak tale of the Cherokee Nation in which the history packs more punch than the narrative. In the early 1830s, the State of Georgia claims Cherokee land and begins to redistribute it to white settlers. The Cherokees gain support in Congress, and the Supreme Court rules in their favor, but President Jackson refuses to enforce the court's decision. Amid this turbulence, two proud lovers find romance: Temple Gordon, an educated Cherokee princess, and her future husband, The Blade Stuart, an iconoclastic Cherokee who owns a plantation. When the atrocities against his people escalate, The Blade moves to save them. Along with a few other chiefs, he signs a treaty that calls for Indian protection-and their removal west. Temple is torn between loyalty to her people and her love for The Blade. She and her family are herded into detention camps before they are forced on the infamous Trail of Tears. While not flinching from the graphic horrors of her topic, Dailey scants her characters; the romance between Temple and The Blade, lukewarm at best, may disappoint the author's huge following. Literary Guild selection. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Temple Gordon and The Blade Stuart are a Cherokee couple at odds over the future of the Cherokee Nation in the early 1830s. In the face of all evidence, Temple persists in believing the Cherokee will not be forced from their land. The Blade can see the writing on the wall, however, and tries to persuade his dim wife and her family to head west voluntarily. Dailey has obviously done some research for this historical tale, and it shows. Minilectures about the Cherokee and the U.S. government's shameful actions are simply inserted at various points in the narrative, doing nothing to add interest to a plot that is completely predictable. Dailey clearly means well, but she fails to create a single character the reader will care about (Temple, in fact, is singularly unappealing). Nonetheless, given Dailey's many readers, this is probably an essential purchase for most popular fiction collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/94.]-Elizabeth Mellett, Brookline P.L., Mass.
Denise Perry Donavin
Dailey's newest historical novel is set against the Cherokee Trail of Tears, which forced the transfer of Native Americans from their southern homes to the West. Centering her novel on a wealthy, slave-owning Scots-Cherokee family gives a unique perspective to the story of the theft of Cherokee lands by Georgia settlers. The raids by Georgia bandits, unsuccessful counsel meetings with President Jackson, and the final upheaval of the families are powerfully conveyed. In the midst of the history and politics are two love stories. Eliza, a tutor to Cherokee leader Will Gordon's seven children, eventually becomes his wife. Will's daughter faces her family's wrath when her husband signs the treaty agreeing to the westward move. Dailey's blend of American history and romance will captivate her fans and create new ones.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446602082
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
08/01/1995
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
4.12(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.75(d)

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The Proud and the Free 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read for anyone who loves a moving plot. The story of Temple, her family, and her transitions throughout the novel are heart-breaking and empowering. Janet Dailey wrote an amazing and enjoyable read for anyone to enjoy.