Sunday, January 02, 2011

Review: Dakota Child by Linda Ford

Dakota Child
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. 


Anonymous said...

I'm interested; will probably buy soon.
How'd you end up reading this? Cuz when I see something with a religious label, I immediately run away :)

veinglory said...

I got this as a review copy, and I can't say I would ever read Inspy otherwise. It is not one of my favorite boosk ever but quite a pleasant read and one of the better Harlequins I have read.

Maddy Barone said...

This story sounds like it would be an interesting frontier/western romance. I sort of cringe when I see an "inspirational" label because I do not like heavy handed preaching. I think it scares other people off too. And I am a Christian. This book sounds like it might avoid that. I think I'll have to pick it up.