Danielle Alexander had left her home back east to journey to California with her father. They were going to rendevouz with Danielle's fiance. Unfortunately, her father's healt prevents them from completing their journey. They lease a house not far from Depot on Boggy and send a letter to Danielle's fiance explaining what had happened. While there, Danielle's father passes away, leaving Danielle alone among strangers and Indians.
One of the Indians, Hunting Hawk brings an orphaned baby boy for Danielle to raise. As Danielle learns how to raise a child on her own, she comes to love the baby as if he were her own. Somehow during the wait for her fiance, Danielle becomes part of the small family of Indians that have helped her survive. When the time comes to choose her path, will Danielle choose to stay or to go?
Ms. Maine has written a beautifully moving novel of one woman's struggle to find herself. The characters were perfectly written, complex and full of life. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Maine's work.
Reviewed by Sharon McGinty
Copyright 2000 by Sharon McGinty
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Danielle Alexander and her father have sold their business, and packed up all their belongings, ready to start a new life in California with Danielle's fiance. Leaving everyone they know behind, the Alexanders set forth on their wagon train adventure.
We join their story in the middle of rough Indian territory, when Nathaniel Alexander takes ill. Hearing Danielle call for help, Joel Riley arrives on the scene and quickly rides to the nearest town for the doctor.
The doctor's prognosis is not good. If they continue their journey it will surely mean Nathaniel's death. Fortunately though, the Doctor knows of a family hoping to sell their lease. Realizing that he has little time, Nathaniel agrees to buy and finds himself the new owner of one hundred and sixty acres of land and a small cabin.
One of the men from the train is kind enough to stay to move their furniture before rejoining the others. Then it is just her and her sick father, in a rustic one-roomed cabin.
Despite being their nearest neighbor, Joel Riley avoids the Alexanders for a few weeks, while he tries to control the instant attraction he had felt for Danielle. In his absence, Danielle's father dies leaving her alone and vulnerable. Danielle is heartbroken by her loss, having been reared single-handedly by her father since her mother's death when Danielle was only nine.
Her grief is not her only concern - after her father's death, Danielle discovers they have nearly run out of money. Having been financially secure her entire life this change in circumstance is dramatic, but Danielle has never backed down from a challenge.
A week after her father's death, while sitting under a tree crying, Danielle is startled by the arrival of five Indian warriors. Annoyed with herself for forgetting to bring her gun, Danielle is prepared for the worst.
Luckily, one of the Indians is an old shaman with a problem - he has an orphaned baby in his possession. Being a wily man, he has observed Danielle's grief and decided that both her and the boy would benefit from being together.
When Danielle protested that she couldn't possibly keep a baby, Hunting Hawk stooped to trickery. Saying that an orphan was too big a burden for the clan, he said he would have to kill the infant. Horrified, Danielle snatched the bundle from the warrior insisting she would keep the baby herself.
From that time on, one of Hunting Hawke's four grandsons guarded the cabin and kept Danielle and the baby safe from harm. They even brought fresh kills to help stretch her meager stores.
Even with the Indians help, her finances are desperate - how will she support both herself and a baby? Her neighbor comes to her rescue again. Offering a business partnership, Joel proposes to build a hotel and stable on her land. Having learnt that a new stage coach line would go right past her property, he wants to build a place for them to stop and rest their horses, while allowing any passengers to spend the night.
Hiring Hunting Hawke's family as crew the construction begins, throwing the couple together at every turn. But they are in no position to indulge in their attraction - Joel has an invalid wife, and Danielle has an absent fiancé.
They both find it increasingly difficult to deny their feelings, but Joel and Danielle's principles are strong.
With the help of her neighbor and her new Indian friends, Danielle might manage to survive in this harsh land, even when faced with deceit, kidnaping, disease and death.
Priscilla Maine paints the era beautifully, transporting us into the past, a time of savagery and desperation, friendship and heartache, struggle and survival.
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JOURNEY OF THE EAGLE
PRISCILLA A. MAINE
RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 1999
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In 1855, Danielle Alexander and her father leave their comfortable St. Louis home to travel to California, where Danielle is to join her fiancé. The journey is cut short in Oklahoma, when Danielle's father becomes ill. Staying in a small cabin on land leased from the Indians, Danielle soon finds herself alone and in financial straits after her father's death.
While waiting for her fiancé to answer her letters, she is troubled by her increasing attraction to a young, married rancher named Joel Riley. Furthermore, a shrewd old Chickasaw leader, Hunting Hawk, persuades her to care for an orphaned baby of mixed heritage. Danielle's life becomes entangled with those of the white, Chickasaw, and Choctaw members of the thriving community. Despite her intention to leave when her fiancé comes for her, her heart wants her to stay. Riley's invalid wife Jennifer and a young Choctaw woman who believes she has a claim on the baby complicate matters even more.
In Journey of the Eagle, Priscilla Maine has created a rich, colorful story, filled with interesting details. As Danielle changes from a proper, sheltered girl to a strong, independent woman, she learns to appreciate the beauty of the West and to deal with its hardships and dangers. Through her eyes we see the white and Indian residents at work and play. It is a pleasure to read a story in which, despite many problems, white, Chickasaw and Choctaw strive to live together in harmony. Indian rituals may be strange to Danielle, and her customs may baffle the Native Americans, but friendship and cooperation help them all gain mutual understanding.
There is plenty of suspense, excitement and romance as well as a thread of mysticism in Journey of the Eagle as Danielle struggles to find her destiny.
Will she choose the conventional, civilized road or the dangerous, uncharted path as she seeks true love and happiness? We can only sympathize as we take the journey with her, and it is a journey well worth taking.
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Copyright 2000 by Ilene Sirocca
Journey of the Eagle
Priscilla A. Maine
Release Date: December 1999
Danielle Alexander is on her way to California to meet her fiancéé when her father falls ill. Not able to stay with the wagon train, they lease a cabin in Indian Territory, Oklahoma. Her father soon dies, leaving her alone, scared and grief-stricken, her only option to await the arrival of her fiancéé. When a Chickasaw shaman gives her an Indian baby to care for, she agrees - only until her fiancéé comes. She grows to love the baby as her own thus earning the respect of the Indians and the townspeople as well as a certain saw-mill owner named Joel Riley. To support herself and the baby she sells embroidery - most of which is bought by Joel without her knowledge. Too bad she can't stand him since all he does is order her around.
Joel is instantly smitten with Danielle. One problem - he is married. His wife is bed-ridden and the in-name-only marriage leaves Joel feeling things for Danielle that he shouldn't be feeling. Not able to offer Danielle more than friendship, he still can't stay away from her. Since her land is a prime spot to build a traveling post for travelers on their way west, he decides they should go into business together. Without bothering to secure Danielle's consent first, he starts building - giving him a good excuse to be at her cabin, and protect her from her own foolishness. His high-handedness incites a major argument with her.
Fighting each other's stubbornness as well as their attraction for each other, they both suffer through the baby being kidnaped by a grieving Indian woman whom Danielle later befriends, illness, and the arrival of her pompous, arrogant and prejudiced fiancéé. They also face the tortures of their souls. But will they ever be free to love each other?
A really great story! I truly enjoyed reading about how Indians and whites respected each other. The love story of Danielle and Joel was one that left you on the seat of your pants waiting and hoping to see them get together. The sexual tension was thick and so well done, the lack of love scenes wasn't noticed until after I finished reading. The secondary characters of Hunting Hawk and Dream Singer were great. I loved how Dream Singer and Danielle joined together to both be mothers to the baby. An awesome story!
Reviewed by Maureen BoylanScribes World Reviews
Danielle Alexander and her father join a wagon train headed west
to settle in California and also to reunite Danielle with her fiancé, Alan.
However, on the way, her father, Nathaniel, falls seriously ill and is incapable
of continuing the journey. Forced to abandon their plans, they buy a decrepit
farm in the heart of the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory
Oklahoma. Danielle writes to Alan, explaining why they were unable to complete
their journey and that she would like for him to come and get her and her
father. But Nathaniel doesn't live too long after that and there's no word from
Alan. Danielle finds herself totally alone in a strange land, with very little
money to support herself. Hunting Hawk, an old Indian, puts the care and
upbringing of a half breed baby into her hands, with the promise that when her
fiancé finally shows up, the old Indian would take the baby back. She falls in
love with the baby while she waits for that letter from Alan. In the meantime,
her handsome, virile and soft-spoken neighbor, Joel Riley, is also playing havoc
on her heart! He insists on "helping" her until her fiancé comes to pick her up,
but in doing so, he also succeeds in wedging himself more firmly in her heart!
They strike up a partnership whereby she supplies the land and he supplies the
sawmill and that only serves to tie them closer together and make them even more
aware of each other. It is when Dream Singer, a young Indian girl assigned to
look after the little baby one evening, disappears and takes the baby with her,
that Danielle embarks on a journey out into the wilderness to find them. Driven
by her love for the child, she continues on the path until she finds them. Then
Danielle learns the meaning of the Journey of the Eagle and its relevance to her
life. She must learn to see with her heart also instead of just her eyes before
she can fully accept and understand true love and happiness. Priscilla A Maine
has presented her fans with a wonderful story set in the old American West. Her
descriptions of the setting and environment are very well written with an
excellent imagination to boot! The characters could have benefitted from a
little more depth to their personalities but overall it was a very engaging
story. Lots of sexual tension and certainly a healthy amount of danger, this
book is definitely worth a read!
Reviewed by: Leena Hyat Scribes World Reviews/(formerly Reviews@SimeGen)
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