Traveling to the prairies of Minnesota with a heart full of hope for a new beginning, Rosalynn arrives to find the town of Peaceful anything but: her brother-in-law Mike dead, her sister vanished, their family farm and children in the possession of Mike's half-breed brother. Determined to create a family, Lone Wolf is dismayed to find he feels compassion for the white woman who wants to take the children from him. With neither of them seeking marriage, but both feeling led to this solution by a higher power, they marry in faith and hope for the best. As their love blooms, shadows from their past threaten to destroy their happiness. Rosalynn is fleeing more than simply poverty-and he's caught up with her. And Lone Wolf is accused of killing his brother to gain the farm. Will their faith and newfound love be strong enough to get them through?
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Review Sweethearts' Moon Written By Deborah L. Reeves Sweethearts' Moon is an inspirational romance, set in 1870's Minnesota. The heroine, Rosalynn, is living with her aunt and two children after divorcing her abusive slug husband. She feels the sting of prejudice for her choice, and so is eager to move to Minnesota to help her sister with her new baby. Once there, she finds her sister's husband dead, and her sister gone, having abandoned not only the baby but another older child as well. The husband's half brother, a half breed Lakota named Lone Wolf, is only nominally accepted by the town, but wants to raise the children anyway. So does Rosalynn. But before I go on, I suppose the best way to review this book is to say what the author doesn't do. There are certain plot devices that are standard in romances- secret baby, marriage of convenience, etc. My least favorite is the Big Misunderstanding. You know, the one that lasts the entire book, making the hero or heroine act like complete idiots. Where the whole thing could've been cleared up easily by asking, 'Oh, was that your cousin you haven't seen since the second grade you were hugging? I thought you were cheating on me.' Thankfully, Deb never resorts to this. There are challenges, but they are cleared up while Lone Wolf and Rosalynn get to know each other, which left me gratefully, eagerly turning the page. Another characteristic of inspirational romances that irritates me is The Token Lost Person. This is the character who has no importance to the story whatsoever except to be preached to and saved. It has always felt contrived and somewhat manipulative to me I'd much rather read about the main character's struggles of faith. Deb has no Token Lost Person in this book, and her characters are very human. I also highly respect the fact that she did not feel the need to make her Native American characters worship or dress in the white way in order to be Christians. One of the reasons I love reading inspirationals is because I know there will be a G or PG rating when it comes to hero/heroine relations. I have noticed a tendency lately, though, for inspy books to so respectful of this that they are, sorry, I have to say it, boring. After all, this is a romance! Deb does an admirable job of balancing a Christian view of sensuality with a frank admission that her hero and heroine are attracted to each other. She has a very good sense of the history here, and delivers it well. The last quarter of the book does feel a bit rushed in places I wish she could have had more pages to develop the relationship with Rosalynn and Lone Wolf's mother. Without giving anything away, the confrontation with some of the townspeople is wrapped up a little too neatly. I would have liked to see more of the Lakota language. The word wasichu, which means white person, is pretty much it and is a bit overused. Also, the hero's odd pronunciation of the heroine's name was established early on, and can be supposed by the reader to read it phonetically spelled every time he said her name got distracting. Those few nit-picky things aside, Sweethearts'Moon is a good frontier historical read. I've wanted to find a Christian author who could deliver a Dorothy Garlock-like book without the heave-and-throb weirdness. Deb Reeves definitely delivers.