Title: The Bearwalker’s Daughter, Book One in the Native American Warrior Series, 2nd Edition
Amazon Author Page: Beth Trissel
Publication Date: December 27, 2013
Genres: Romance, Westerns, New Adult & College
“Autumn 1784: Karin McNeal hasn’t grasped who she really is or her fierce birthright. A tragic secret from the past haunts the young Scots-Irish woman longing to learn more of her mother’s death and the mysterious father no one will name. The elusive voices she hears in the wind hint at the dramatic changes soon to unfold in the mist-shrouded Alleghenies.
Jack McCray, the wounded stranger who staggers through the door on the eve of her twentieth birthday and anniversary of her mother’s death, holds the key to unlock the past. Will Karin let this handsome frontiersman lead her to the truth and into his arms, or seek the shelter of her fiercely possessive kinsmen? Is it only her imagination or does someone, or something, wait beyond the brooding ridges—for her?”
(A revised version of romance novel Daughter of the Wind)
I’ve been a fan of Beth Trissel’s books for several years. I haven’t read a single book of her’s that I haven’t enjoyed. In fact, this book fell off my (magical) radar until this summer when I saw her advertise it on social media. What a great find to add to my Kindle library.
Book one, “The Bearwalker’s Daughter,” is a historical romance filled with lots of great Native American lore, early American history, magic, and even some sizzling sex!
There’s a mystery that swirls around the birth of Karin McNeal, and when in 1784, Jack McCray finds the bonny lass, he’s bewitched by her unusual beauty. Karin is haunted by voices on the wind who seem to be calling out to her. She can’t figure out what the voices mean or why she has been chosen to hear them. The only thing she knows for certain is that her mother died shortly after her birth, and no one will tell her who her father is.
Of course, Jack knows her birthright, having been sent by Karin’s father, Shequenor, who belongs to the bear clan, a division of the Shawnee tribe, to bring his daughter home to him. However, Karin isn’t aware of that fact, and even if she were, she is so drawn to Jack that nothing could tear her from his arms. Not even the family that raised her.
Jack is part of that family too, but tragically he was taken as a child by the Shawnee tribe, to be raised as Shequenor’s brother. That put him fighting on the wrong side of the war for American Independence. As a result, he is shunned by his step-father and half-brother.
The family discord sets the story in motion as Karin and Jack declare their love for each other. Now, Jack must deal with his emotions and love for Karin as he tries to figure out how to honor her father’s wishes. If they both survive it will be a miracle!
The magical aspects of this tale are what drew me deeper into the story. I love Native American lore, and knowing this author like I do, I knew there would be some spectacular paranormal activity, and there was!
This is not only Karin and Jack’s love story, it is also the love story of Karin’s parents, finally coming full circle. This is a fabulous read that kept me enthralled for hours.
I’m looking forward to reading the second book in the series, “Through the Fire, book two” in the Native American Warrior Series.
Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Fairies
*I follow the Amazon Rating System*
Author, Beth Trissel
Married to my high school sweetheart, I live on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with my people and furbabies. A big gardener, I grow herbs and heirloom flowers and use them in my stories. The rich history of Virginia, the Native Americans, and the Scots-Irish are at the heart of my inspiration. My English/Scots-Irish ancestors were among the earliest settlers in America.
I write historical romance set in the colonial frontier (The Native American Warrior Series), AND the American Revolution (The Traitor’s Legacy Series), colonial American Christmas romance (A Warrior for Christmas) Georgian England romance (Into the Lion’s Heart, the time and place of Poldark).
Some of my historicals have ghosts and paranormal in them. I also write Young Adult shapeshifter, fantasy romance (The Secret Warrior Series), and paranormal time travel, time slip romance to the Scottish Highlands, the American Revolution, the Civil War, WW1.. (My Somewhere in Time and Ladies in Time Series.)
My nonfiction titles feature herbs, gardening, and country life. Click to visit Beth’s Amazon Page to view all her books.
(THE NATIVE AMERICAN WARRIOR SERIES)
Red Bird’s Song
Through the Fire
Kira, Daughter of the Moon
The Bearwalker’s Daughter
The Lady and the Warrior (short)
(SOMEWHERE IN TIME SERIES)
Somewhere My Love
Somewhere My Lass (Scottish)
Somewhere in the Highlands (Scottish)
Somewhere the Bells Ring (Ghostly Christmas)
(LADIES IN TIME SERIES)
Somewhere My Lady
The White Lady (coming soon)
(THE TRAITOR’S LEGACY SERIES)
Enemy of the King (The American Revolution and a ghost)
Traitor’s Legacy (The American Revolution)
Traitor’s Curse (Ghostly historical)
(THE SECRET WARRIOR SERIES): (YA Wolf shapeshifter fantasy romance series)
The Hunter’s Moon
Curse of the Moon
The Panther Moon
A Warrior for Christmas (holiday historical)
Into the Lion’s Heart (Georgian England and the French Revolution)
Plants For A Medieval Herb Garden in the British Isles (Herbal)
Shenandoah Watercolors (Gardening and Country Life)
2008 Golden Heart® Finalist
2008 Winner Preditor’s & Editor’s Readers Poll
Publisher’s Weekly BHB Reader’s Choice Best Books of 2009
2012 Double Epic Award Finalist
2013 Book of the Month at Long and Short
2016 Winner April Creme de la Cover
2016 Winner Book of the Month at Long and Short YA
You can find Beth on her blog at https://bethtrissel.wordpress.com.
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