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Solomon Spring

by Michelle Black

Twice married Eden Murdoch links up with a long lost ex-lover, Brad Randall, in their mutual concern over the plight of the Northern Cheyenne. Solomon Spring is an ancient spiritual Native American pilgrimage site; Eden’s attachment to it stems from her years among the Cheyenne as wife of its medicine man, Hanging Road. Eden, however, has a knack for making enemies, and soon both she and Brad are accused of a crime neither committed.

This is an excellent way to learn about the Northern Cheyennes’ relocation to the Indian Territory, and their failed attempt to return to their northern homelands. Also well portrayed is the hard scrabble life on Kansas’ windy winter prairie, the rough-and-ready frontier justice, and society’s disapprobation toward a woman like Eden who does not follow the accepted norms for white women of her class.

If there is a fault, it is the story’s unrelenting series of disasters. As soon as Eden overcomes one hurtle, another immediately follows. This reviewer leans toward slower paced plots which allow for a truer sense of time and place. That said, this second book featuring Eden Murdoch gives us complex characters who live adventuresome lives in the turbulent Victorian American West. It is the second in the Eden Murdoch series.

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