Title: Trapper’s Moon
Author: Gini Rifkin
Genre: Historical Western Romance
As a free trapper, mountain man Kade McCauley is wary of the Hudson Bay Company. Their form of vengeance against those who are not part of the company can be deadly. When he and his partner are attacked, he fights back, only to discover one of his shots struck an innocent. A woman who touches his soul, and he will do anything to keep her safe.
While searching for her Native American tribe, Blind Deer crosses paths with Kade—with near fatal results. Once she is patched up, she decides it is safer to travel with him than alone. Their uneasy alliance turns to genuine caring, but Blind Deer's past gets in the way, and she must choose between love or old obligations.
But nothing in life is carved in stone except the mountains, and those formidable peaks have been known to change the course of a man's life or a woman's.
Blind Deer was stripped from her tribe when she was young. Forced to be a servant to a harsh, cruel missionary couple, she plots her escape. When the moment arrives, she’s successful and escapes with a kind white man who treats her with respect. Now a woman, she’s on a mission to find her tribe. Reckless, she travels alone, only to find herself captured by a group of white men. Her rescue appears in the form of a rugged free trapper named Kade. He’s a kind man who makes her feel safe. She cares for him and him her but when her past collides with her present, she must choose between loyalty and love.
Trapper’s Moon is a riveting historical tale with danger, wilderness, turmoil, adventure, suspense and yes, romance. The historical time period may be familiar but I can guarantee you haven’t heard it told quite like this. Free trappers at war with the Hudson Bay Company, annihilation of Native American tribes, missionaries stripping Native American children of their heritage, this book has it all. The characters leap off the page and tell their story with no filter. It’s historical truth and not white-washed. I found it compelling and couldn’t put it down. This is my first Gini Rifkin book and it won’t be my last. She brings history to life while still bringing an emotional element to the plot. The romance between Blind Deer and Kade is slow burning yet honestly drawn. Highly recommend!
“And what would her life be like bound to strangers by loyalty and fading memories of the past rather than by love? She’d just escape one personal prison and seemed to be heading toward another.”
My Rating: 5 stars
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Hi and welcome: I live in Colorado and create stories where the past and the present meet adventure and romance. When not reading or writing, I'm taking care of my Noah's Ark of abandoned animals including a goose, two ducks, two rabbits, three goats, two donkeys and two cats. Join my characters on their exciting journey to an HEA---some with a touch of magic and fantasy, Available in paperback, e-book, or audio. Rated spicy. I love to hear from my readers! Please stop by.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N