Heather Flower, a princess of the Montaukett tribe, is captured by a rival tribe while celebrating her marriage to her childhood sweetheart. Rescued by Dutch Lieutenant Dirk Van Buren, she is able to return to her people, where she grieves over the loss of other members of her tribe with her extended family. She can also reconnect with her old friend Ben Horton, a man who has realized his growing feelings for Heather Flower. But she is already falling in love with the handsome lieutenant who saved her from her captors, despite the political strife between her friends and his. As tensions rise, Heather Flower must decide whether to choose what duty and family demand or what her heart desires.
This book has a wealth of greatly researched history from an interesting time period. It is clear that the author put forth much work with regards to the background of the setting, characters, and time period. However, the history-laden plot of the novel detracts a bit from the personal connections of the characters and the flow of the story. It reads more like a history book than a true fictional novel and it is somewhat difficult to relate to the characters for this reason. Although not strictly necessary, reading the first book in this series will help to sort out some of the characters, as there are many. This novel is perhaps best suited for those who enjoy the historical part of historical fiction and wish for less emphasis on the connection between the characters and reader.
I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.