Review: Apache Flame by Madeline Baker

Posted July 5, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 24 Comments

Review: Apache Flame by Madeline Baker
Apache Flame

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Genres: Historical Romance, Western Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on September 1, 1999
Pages: 326
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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The Delight

An opposite sides of the creek story set during a turbulent period in American history sounded just the thing and this poor book has been setting far back on my Kindle shelf collecting dust for some time.  This is me again saying, why did I wait so long?  The story was heartwarming, sweet, and didn’t shy away from the troubles of the time period.


Apache Flame begins with single lady school marm, Alisha Farraday hearing the whispers that the town’s once bad boy and poor kid, Mitch Garrett is back in town after five year’s absence.  Alisha is a bundle of nerves to meet the grown man who once promised to send for her and she never heard a word.  After a dark period right after he left, she’s leading a different life.  She has a nice man for a fiance and loves teaching school- safe, calm, and no chance of her feelings getting trounced again.

But, things aren’t what they seemed and the truth comes out.  Mitch also has feelings of pain for the girl who couldn’t even wait four months before firing off a letter that she was getting married to someone else.

The story starts in their present day and then dips into the past and shows how an unlikely pair first became friends and then fell in love.  Only, Mitch had to go and make his way in the world somewhere else where his dad’s drinking and gambling, abuse and cheating and his own status as the poor half-breed wouldn’t hold him back.  The backstory was a sweet time of first love and then deepening love.  Interference came and now the story is them dealing with the fallout and wondering if too much has been broken to be fixed.

This is a second chance romance and that part was good, but it also has western action and this time from the Apache viewpoint.  The story is of Mitch straddling two worlds and Alisha having to decide if she can accept a man with a dual heritage and the complications for their future.  They have to go through so much and there are tough moments, but the author didn’t lay the angst on too thick which was a relief because there was a lot here that could have really dug deeper emotionally.

I loved the ending, but I did feel that there were a couple things left that could have been fleshed out more.

All in all, this older western historical romance was a solid standalone story that was slightly spicy and slightly action-packed, but offered up a wholly solid romance.


Romance Roundabout #229  HR
Mt. TBR #88
Oldie But a Goodie #11
Let’s Read Indie #72
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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • A second chance at love sure sounds like a read I would enjoy. Great review.

    • I thought so, too. I loved seeing these childhood sweethearts get a new chance after someone interfered and broke them up. 🙂

  • Debbie Haupt

    This looks good Sophia Rose I always did love a good Native American Western romance plus second chance romance.

    • Same here! I thought she did a good job pairing the romance with the historical setting.

  • oh long hair. I usually like second chance romances but it’s the first time I hear about this one

    • Its an old one so I’m not surprised that you haven’t seen it. I think it was out of print for a while until she was able to get it back from a publisher that went out of business.

      • ah yes that should be why and I understand the cover now too. it’s great that she was able to re release it

        • Yes! We used the cover that was on it when I bought it up top and the new one when she posted it up again on Amazon on the bottom. I’ve got a handful of older ones that came from publishing companies that don’t exist now. I’ve been trying to pay attention to only put up reviews for ones that people can actually buy still. LOL

          • Shari Delighted Read

            I had to look for the cover because the one loaded was very small and wasn’t showing up. Also, Amazon usually has different covers for old ones than Goodreads. I don’t sweat it when I look for them because each different version might have a different cover and I can’t put them all up here.

            • It’s great getting to these older ones, but it does make things a challenge. Thanks for doing that, Shari!

  • I love stories like this one. This sounds like one I might like.

    • It was definitely old-style romance, but I loved the elements- him trying to grit it out when people treated him so badly and her being generous, but struggling with all the terrible hardships.. Hope you get the chance, Mary!

  • Ooooo I read this a long time ago. I remember liking it. :3

    • Yes! I saw that I had one GoodReads friend who actually read it and loved it. 🙂

  • From the history to the sweet romance, this sounds good.

    • I love discovering these great stories on my shelf just waiting for me to bring them out and read them. 🙂

  • A particularly gorgeous man on this cover!!

    • Yes! I thought so, too. Old cover is much more appealing than new one. LOL

  • I just read an old West romance and loved it. This one sounds delightful and if that’s Mitch on the cover, oh my! Yes! I do enjoy a well done second chance romance, and one without a lot of drama or angst. I’ll have to check this one out, Sophia Rose! Lovely review! 🙂

    • Yes, that is Mitch. Loved this older story and how she wrote it. A new to me author to dig out more of her work. Thanks, Rachel!

  • It is always nice to find a hidden gem in your collection. I do like second chance romance and it sounds like Mitch’s dual hertiage adds a nice element to the story. Great review!

    • Agreed. It motivates me to keep pulling them out just when I’ve had a few blah ones and want to go for the new and shiny stuff again.

      Yes, Mitch’s situation was the heart of the story and I loved getting the Apache culture and history along with the romance.

  • Lola

    It’s great when you pick up a book you have had for so long and it turns out to be a great read. Sounds interesting how it shows both the present day story and a bit of their past as well. While I like some angst in my books now and then, it’s also nice to read a book with less angst. It sounds like a good romantic story with a bunch of obstacles on their way to happiness. Great review!

    • Sophia Rose

      It really is a nice break to not only pick up one that has sat a long time, but to have it be an easy-going book in the angst dept. 🙂 Thanks, Lola!