Valley of the Shadow

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The daughter of a French trader and a Dakota woman and a wounded Dakota warrior must face the destruction of the world they have known. When the people they love most are threatened, Genevieve LaCroix and Daniel Two Stars begin to question everything they?ve been taught about God?and to wonder if they?ll ever be able to have a life together.

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The daughter of a French trader and a Dakota woman and a wounded Dakota warrior must face the destruction of the world they have known. When the people they love most are threatened, Genevieve LaCroix and Daniel Two Stars begin to question everything they’ve been taught about God—and to wonder if they’ll ever be able to have a life together.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Evenhanded and lively portrayals of Christian missionaries and Dakota Indians distinguish this novel by the author of the popular Prairie Wind series. Genevieve LaCroix is a blue-eyed "half-breed," the daughter of a Sioux mother and a French father. At age 18, she is sent to live with a missionary couple, the Reverend Dane and his wife, Ellen. "Gen" befriends Ellen Dane (who is based on the real-life Minnesota settler Mary Ann Longley Riggs), but dislikes her husband, who, she believes, has only disdain for Indian customs. Death haunts the story: Ellen dies in childbirth (as does the baby, her third), and dozens of men are murdered when, in 1862, the Sioux rise up against their white neighbors. Gen risks her life to save the Danes' two surviving children. After the violence abates, the Rev. Dane confesses that he has fallen in love with Gen; his transformation from a removed, austere patriarch to a loving, emotive nurturer is surprisingly convincing. The religious themes are clear enough to please Christian readers, but subtle enough that they won't be off-putting to others. Fans of prairie fiction will be grateful that Whitson refrains from populating her pages with every important historical figure who set foot in the West during the 1860s, and that she spares us tedious attempts at folksy dialect. Instead, she serves up believable and sympathetic characters, conveying the atrocities that Americans of European descent committed against Native Americans without losing sight of the settlers' complicated, and often benevolent, motives. The ending, though not a stunning surprise, is far from the predictable conclusion featured in most historical romances. (Jan.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781618432674
  • Publisher: eChristian, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/25/2012
  • Pages: 228
  • Sales rank: 1,320,871
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

A native of southern Illinois, Stephanie Grace Whitson has lived in Nebraska, USA, since 1975. She began what she calls "playing with imaginary friends" (writing fiction) when, as a result of teaching her four homeschooled children Nebraska history, she was encouraged and challenged by the lives of pioneer women in the West. Since her first book, Walks the Fire, was published in 1995, Stephanie's fiction titles have appeared on the ECPA bestseller list numerous times and been finalists for the Christy Award, the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, and ForeWord 's Book of the Year. Her first non-fiction work, How to Help a Grieving Friend, was released in 2005. Her interests include pioneer women's history, antique quilts, and French, Italian, and Hawaiian language and culture.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2001

    Exciting Historical Missionary/ Indian Love Story

    Valley of the Shadow, the first book in the Dakota Moons series, is set in a sad time of Indian history, and is an exciting, emotional and mysterious story of missionaries to the Dakota Indians. Simon and Ellen Dane and their two children are serving as early missionaries. The historical focuses on the good and the bad Indians, Dakota and Sioux and the white man's attempt to reach them with the Gospel. The central character is a half- breed Dakota girl, Genevieve LaCroix. She is pulled between her loyalties to the whites, the Indians and the missionaries. Whitson very thoroughly depicts the complicated relationship between the white missionaries and the Indians. Land, heritage, religion and culture enter into the clash, which results in horrible bloodshed on all sides. A haunting love story unfolds between Gen (Blue Eyes) and a young, energetic activist Dakota, Two Stars. Fighting to remain a brave and strong warrior, Two Stars becomes a changed man due to the influence of the Christian missionaries. His best friend, Otter, now becomes his archenemy and is central in the attempt to destroy his future with Blue Eyes. Central to the books' violence and heartbreak is the great Minnesota Sioux Uprising.Turncoats are common between both Indian and white and survival depends on not only age and physical strength, location and weapons, but whom you trust and who trusts you. A beaded necklace with a cross in the middle keeps reminding Gen of her Indian heritage and binds her to the handsome Dakota warrior, Two Stars. However, unfriendly Indians capture Gen and her 2 charges. Two Stars risks his life repeatedly for the whites, the good Indians and for his love, Blue Eyes (Gen). A fast moving love story that survives the impossible suddenly has the bottom drop out and leaves the reader in tears - hoping....and waiting for Book 2 in this series,which will be 'Edge of the Wilderness.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013


    This author is always a good choice, if you like historical pioneer fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    A Great read!

    I enjoyed this novel. It ministered to my spirit. Can't wait to read the others.

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