Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on September 1, 1999
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.
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