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Drawn by the Frost Moon: Love the War Woman (Creek Country Saga Book 5) ... By April W Gardner
War woman Fierce Mink has loved Tall Bull as long as memory. He is beauty and power, but in the secret pockets of her spirit, he is vastly more. He is the brave to whom she swore her heart, the friend to whom she owes her life, and the chief to whom she will never be bound. Soon, he will be required to take a wife, but lamentably, Mink is severe, intimidating, hard-bitten by war—qualities a man appreciates in combat, not so under the bearskins. But perhaps it’s best he’s blind to her, for he clings viciously to the Beloved Path, and unbeknownst to him, she has joined her fire with Jesus.
Since his youth, Chief Tall Bull has treasured Mink. Even now, in their turbulent refugee world, she is comfort; she is home. Better yet, she shares his passion to preserve the Beloved Path and his fight to start anew in a land where they are no longer hunted. Then, a startling omen: before the blood moon, Tall Bull must make restitution for his transgressions, or the spirits will take payment. From her. A tragedy he would die to prevent.
Another portent looms—that of a horde of bluecoat soldiers pecking at their borders, threatening to drive the Red Stick Defiance into uninhabitable swamps. The Defiance will not go quietly, and as Tall Bull prepares for a brutal strike, he realizes the bluecoats aren’t his only enemy, and Mink’s life isn’t all he stands to lose.
"Long have I loved you..." torturing her with his tender, broken voice. "In some fashion or other, I've loved you since the morning I saw wolf tracks in the dirt and knew you had saved me." Romance laced with a cool sensuality dominates this epic novel. Drawn by the Frost Moon: Love the War Woman (Creek Country Saga Book 5) by April W Gardner intertwines Drawn by the Frost Moon: Bitter Eyes No More (Creek Country Saga Book 4) with an emphasis on Tall Bull and Mink's tumultuous love story.
In this saga, Gardner focuses with great detail the settings, events and native language used in the 1800's. I felt it was a little difficult to focus on the story while referencing the meanings of their cultural activities and their type of tribal interaction. I found it a bit lengthy but it was simply amazing as Gardner meticulously introduced the cast of characters, timelines and clans to help the reader get the right perspective on the power that women held in their village..."the women were the neck that turned the head. And what a strong neck it was." This story is truly a work of love by Gardner!
A great opening scene brings us back to the heart of the story. Strong emotion flows within the battles, friendships and the intense love that deepens as the story grows with the Spiritual Journey. It was fun to recognize a couple of characters that I read in Bitter Eyes, joining the two sagas into one main story. Although this novel is in a series, it can be read as a stand alone.
If you enjoy Historical Fiction Romance with intense detail, this is a must for your reading list.