This is the only Western historical novel I wrote, and it’s actually very untraditional for that genre. The Irish heroine is fleeing a cruel husband, along with a pregnant slave when their party is overtaken by Indians. The hero is a Comanchero out of Taos who rescues both women and takes them back to the village.
I loved this book, writing it, living in it, exploring the Spanish influence in this area and the native tribes of the Front Range. I read Irish history and Cheyenne history and Spanish colonial history, as well as stories from the women who made this arduous journey at a time when it was extremely dangerous.
Dancing Moon is an adventure and a romance and set in my own neck of the woods at a time when it was wild and quite different than it is now. (Garden of the Gods and the healing springs of the Manitou area figure heavily into the end of the book.) Ruth Wind readers will especially like this book, the setting, the multicultural aspects, and the romance between Tess and Joaquin.
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