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Gentry beautifully relates the tale of the Cherokee and Creek nations' involvement in the Civil War through two novellas and a double romance. It begins with a Creek warrior, Yellow Jacket, leading his people into Union territory.

Twilight Dumont comes to Indian territory to marry the wealthy Capt. Wellsley but is kidnapped by Yellow Jacket, who believes she is a Confederate spy. Love between Twilight and Yellow Tail grows on the trail.

In the second part of the saga, Cherokee Jim Eagle, fighting for the Confederacy, captures a Union soldier. He soon discovers his captive is April Grant, a Cherokee woman who has renounced her heritage and is a Confederate spy. To hide her mission from Jim, she lures him into bed. But her plan backfires when she realizes she is falling in love.

There is a slim connection between these Civil Warera stories. While the plight of the Native Americans is written with compassion, the slow pace and thinly portrayed characters divert from the romance. I wanted more about the characters and less repetitive dialogue. SENSUAL (Mar., 352 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Evelyn Feiner