Fiery aristocrat, Eden Rose, uprooted from her native Scotland, has tended a foundering marriage and failing ranch at the corner of Crazy Woman Creek and the Powder River for a decade. Best friend, backwoods spitfire Maddie True, has her own woes a few miles away: widowed with a passel of young children, and caretaker to her addled father. Abandoned by her husband during the height of Wyoming Territory’s worst drought in history, Eden depends on her inept brother, Aiden, to see her through the coming winter. But when he disappears into the wild Bighorn mountains, she shuns Maddie’s fearful cautions, teaming with enigmatic Lakota holy man, Intah, to find her brother before the wicked snow holds them all hostage.
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Reviewed by Tracy Young for Readers' Favorite Eden and Aiden are copper-haired siblings that have travelled from the shores of Scotland to the west of the US. Eden accompanied her husband, Hugh, to Wyoming with dreams of breeding polo ponies to sell on the lucrative market for such animals. Their well laid plans took a turn for the worse and ten years on we find Eden alone and Aiden on a mission to provide food for his sister in the harsh winter to come. R.F. Gainey has created an epic tale of the west in Light of the Northern Dancers and has taken the reader back to the times of the early settlers and the struggles they faced to make a new life. Light of the Northern Dancers has an impressive cast of characters that lead you on a path of adventure, peril, tragedy, and joy. This is a tale that will keep you gripped until the very last page. R.F. Gainey has embodied the struggles that women in particular face in this land of hardship. Renegade Indians and wounded grizzly bears would seem to be the greatest threats but for me, the most impressive character in the whole book is the landscape and the magnificent force of Mother Nature. The Bighorn, the Crazy Lady creek, Ten Sleep Canyon and the Powder all evoke a vista that is both unforgiving and deadly, yet compellingly beautiful in parts. You cannot help but be aware of the strength of feeling this part of Wyoming creates in the central characters of the book. Beautifully written and a joy to read!
Light of the Northern Dancers is an enjoyable read. I thought the characters to be intriguing, the plot to be engaging, and the setting to be perfect. I saw where this book is being developed into a TV series and I cannot wait to see this story on screen. That will be fascinating! I cannot wait to get my hands on more books by Robin F Gainey. I give Light of the Northern Dancers 5 stars. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion