Walks Alone by Sandi Rog
A Cheyenne warrior bent on vengeance.
A pioneer woman bent on fulfilling a dream.
Until their paths collide.
After fleeing her abusive uncle, Anna is determined to reach the city of her dreams. But White Eagle and his fierce warriors take her prisoner. Anna attempts a harrowing escape, but her savage captor is determined to have her at all costs and forces her to be his wife. Has God forgotten her, or does He have plans of His own?
A man with a boot in one world and a moccasin in the other, White Eagle is disillusioned with his faith after a minister leads a massacre on his peaceful tribe. Where is his God? He’s definitely not with the white men who are slaughtering his people. But White Eagle also can’t give in to the idolatry practiced by his fellow tribesmen. Only the Truth can set him free.
And it’s found in beautiful Anna’s carpetbag.
This book is excellent, and I’m certainly not just saying that because I had a part in it!
I have become disillusioned by historical fiction because often the author’s voice is steeped in 21st century thought patterns. Not so for Sandi Rog. She has a classic way of writing, and the pacing is not as frenetic as many modern authors’.
Anna, only 16 years old and orphaned, travels across the country alone, and finds much more than she expected. Both she and White Eagle struggle to accept God for who He is, rather than who they want Him to be. The tension created by this and other conflicts is intense at times, but not unrealistic. I appreciated that White Eagle is a strong leader, but not by force. Sandi Rog balances this well, and does not feminize him. He encourages Anna toward what is in her best interests while sacrificing his own, and at the same time establishes clear boundaries and makes her stay within them.
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