Sunday, January 02, 2011
It would be something of an understatement to say that I am not a religious person. So I was rather surprised at how much I enjoyed DAKOTA CHILD, which is a Harlequin "Love Inspired (a.k.a. Inspy) Historical. The heroine, Vivian, is rather anachronistically referred to as a 'single mother' in the blurb. She is a 19-year-old who had a child with a man she believed to be her fiance.
On her way to find the father with expectations of marriage, she is sheltered from a storm by Billy Black. Billy is a farmer who lives alone with his mother was traumatised after being abducted and held by 'Indians' for six years. If there is anything that I am not fully comfortable with in this story it is the generic Indian bogeyman, but this is a relatively minor aspect of the plot.
Needless to say the child's father does not turn out to be prince charming and after over-coming some entirely plausible obstacles, Vivian and Bully end up together. I would have to admit that I scanned over a few prayer/Bible pages like another reader might skip over a sex scene--but I only did this for two fairly short sections.
DAKOTA CHILD is a good story in which the protagonists happen to be Christian, not a sermon thinly disguised as a romance. And the underlying themes of forgiveness, acceptance and courage add another dimension to this heart-warning love story.