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Posted June 1, 2001
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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