LOVE'S LAST STAND

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A long and involved narrative at the beginning slows this western down just a bit, but Toombs makes up for it with action, heartache and love during a time in history that will always be remembered for Custer's Last Stand. The account of the Dakota tribe's fight for freedom and food is depicted in all its horror and pain.

Nona is happy to be going to Fort Abraham; she wants to be there for her sister's lying-in. She spends the long boat ride to the fort doing more than just wondering how soon she will be an aunt. Nona wonders if Lieutenant Mead, her former beau and now her brother-in-law, will welcome her with open arms. Handsome and devilish newspaperman Spencer Quinlan, who pursues Nona with a diligent obligation to kiss her, disrupts her thoughts of what will happen as he flirts his way into her dreams.

Spencer is traveling to the fort to put to paper General Custer's battle against the Sioux tribe. Before he can do that, he must rescue Nona and her sister, who have been spirited away by the Sioux. His success is rewarded with frustration as a rescued Nona is reveled as a beauty by the single men at the fort. He could live with that, but the recently widowed Mead makes Spencer's life a misery. Only when Spencer's life is in danger does he realize that he wants to do more than bed Nona, he wants her for his wife. (Amber Quill, Sep. '07, 296 pp., $17.00)
Reviewed by: 
Faith V. Smith