Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Shirl Henke’s NIGHT WIND’S WOMAN – Superb Storytelling in this Classic Love Story from the Old West!
Set in 1787 in the north of Mexico and New Mexico, this is the story of a half Apache-half white renegade, Night Wind (his Apache name), who as a child was taken captive by the Spaniards and forced to work in the mines, a virtual death sentence.
Keenly intelligent, Night Wind escaped and was raised and educated by the Catholic fathers. As an adult, he regained his Apache roots and works to free Indian prisoners and take vengeance on the Spanish conquerors. His hated enemy is an Irish mercenary who is now the Governor.
Night Wind decides to take the governor’s son captive and raise him as an Apache. Instead, by mistake he captures the governor’s stepdaughter, Orlena Valdez, a beautiful golden-haired Spanish Castilian. Orlena is no shrinking noblewoman. She is educated, outspoken and willing to fight for fair treatment for the Indian prisoners. It never occurred to her that sneaking out in boys’ clothes to view a festival would land her in the arms of Night Wind.
In her well-researched, intricately detailed novels, Henke captures the feel of the Old West as she weaves a wonderful story of cruelty, injustice and revenge—revenge that is conquered by both goodness and love. She brings us into the time when Spain dominated not only Mexico, but what would one day become the Southwestern United States, a time when both the Apache and the Comanche were preyed upon and sought their revenge on the white man. As Henke recognizes in her Author’s Note, there were good and bad men in both camps.
I highly recommend this trilogy!
The Santa Fe Trilogy:
Night Wind's Woman
White Apache's Woman
Deep As The Rivers