Message From The Author

Author's Message

The Untamed

Thank you to everyone who read The Homecoming, the first book in the trilogy about the Cassidy and Crown families, and wrote to say you enjoyed it very much and were looking forward to THE UNTAMED. I had worried, frankly, that readers who are accustomed to my works in one time-frame might not be happy that I had shifted from the English Regency to mid-eighteenth century Colonial America.

In THE UNTAMED-which stands on its own-I tell the story of Brighid Cassidy, who had been captured by Indians during a raid on her parents' farm and who is now coming home-five long years later and very much against her wishes! Philip Crown is the man who is sent West to retrieve her, an Englishman more at home in a ballroom than in the wilderness, who sees himself doing a favor for his uncle and ends up falling deeply in love with a woman who longs only to see his back as he walks out of her life.

Add to this mix the half-white/half-Indian infant boy Brighid brings back with her and the husband-hunting old Indian woman, Lapawin, whom Brighid also refuses to leave behind. Stir in a few nefarious Crown relatives who "cross the pond" to make mischief, add a madman intent on "purifying" all returned white female captives, and you have THE UNTAMED.

As in The Homecoming, the wise old Indian, Lokwelend, is a central character in THE UNTAMED, because he was a great character and because I fell in love with him while writing the first book. I'm in love with Lokwelend, with the Lenni Lenape, with the mingled tragedy, beauty and promise of Colonial America, its raw power, its contradictions, and the still dizzying thought of what all these people saw, all they dreamed, all they accomplished. All they built for us.

With THE PROMISE, the last book in the trilogy (due out late '97), now complete, I'm heading back to Regency England-with a few regrets and a long goodbye to Colonial America, yes, but with a renewed passion for the sights and sounds of London and the "people" I've just met who are dying to tell their delicious story. And I'm going back just in time to write my 50th book! In the meantime I say Itah to you, which means "good be to you" in the language of the Lenni Lenape. I enjoy hearing from my readers. Write to me c/o Pocket Books, 1230 Avenue of the Americas, NY, NY 10020.


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