Both generosity and greed play an important part in this love story where the tension mounts as illness threatens the entire reservation. Excellent character development is the highlight of Anderson’s tale — Madeline and Rebel are often at odds as Rebel struggles to maintain his heritage and lifestyle while keeping Madeline by his side.
No longer satisfied in the E.R., Dr. Madeline Mitchell hopes her decision to become a general practitioner on the Lakota reservation is the right one. Her first day on the job is mayhem, although her multitasking receptionist, Tara, and unconventional ex-Navy nurse, Clarence, are equal to the assignment. In walks Rebel, the enigmatic medicine man whose aura overwhelms the small clinic. Madeline soon discovers all is not well on the reservation. Despite their growing attraction, she and Rebel must discover the reason for the mounting number of patients with flu-like symptoms. He has his suspicions, but proving them could be deadly to them both. (SAMHAINPUBLISHING.COM, dl $5.50)