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Hopes Captive [Mass Market Paperback]

Kate Lyon

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Dec 5 2005
Zach McCallister will use any means to find his son, a Cheyenne captive, including deceiving Caroline Whitley, purported to be the wife of Little Wolf, the Cheyenne chief. Distracted by her beauty and impressed by her courage, Zach struggles to resist her allure, believing her to be another man’s wife. Caroline tells herself she only needs Zach to help take food and medicine to the dying Cheyenne, but dreads his response when he finds out her marriage is a lie.

Cold and starving, the Cheyenne follow Little Wolf through running battles—enduring sorrow, murder and mutiny—as he leads them to the Powder River country they love, hoping that–if they can elude the thousands of soldiers pursuing them–they’ll be allowed to stay. Can Zach set aside duty to aid the Cheyenne in return for their help finding his son? Will Caroline relinquish her fears, and entrust her scarred body to Zach’s hands and her soul to his love, or will they all remain Hope’s Captive?

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 373 pages
  • Publisher: Dorchester Leisure (Dec 5 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843956267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843956269
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.7 x 2.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #901,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! Dec 26 2005
By Detra Fitch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This tale begins in the year 1878. Zach McCallister believes his son, Luke, has been taken captive by the Northern Cheyenne. Zach's main objective is to locate and rescue Luke. To accomplish this Zach hires on as a guide to a lady believed to be the white wife of their chief.

Caroline Whitley owes her life to the Northern Cheyenne's leader, Little Wolf. She knows that they currently reside at the Darlington Agency (a reservation) and that they are dying by the hundreds from malaria and dysentery. To repay them, Caroline packs a wagon full with medicine and blankets for them and hires Zach to guide her to them.

Little Wolf, along with almost two hundred women and children and less than one hundred men to defend them, have left the reservation. They are determined to reach the Powder River country they love and call their home. The Army had called in a special unit of cavalry to keep the Northern Cheyenne on the reservation. The Army goes after the small band of Cheyenne.

As Zach and Caroline travel together, they slowly learn about each other. Zach not only meets and learns that the Northern Cheyenne are honorable, no matter how much he wishes to hate them, but he also finds himself attracted to the spitfire that hired him as guide. If only they could trust each other.

***** The author adds another young boy into this story, Yellow Swallow. This child is a half-breed. Just wait until you find out who his parents were! In fact, the author has added quite a few surprises for her readers within this exciting novel. Everything is historically correct and it is obvious that much research went into making this tale. In the back of the novel, within the "Author's Note", Kate Lyon gives a brief report of what happened to the Little Wolf and the others mentioned in this book. History, romance, and harsh reality come together to make an unforgettable adventure that will live on in the memories of all readers. Best I've read in a long while! *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Blend of History, Emotional Impact and Romance Jan. 7 2006
By A Reader in the Mitten - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Kate Lyon's newest historical romance is a compelling read. She packs a triple punch in accurate details of history, well-developed emotional characters and a romance that fulfills readers' expectations for a great story. There are few writers of Native American romance that can deliver, and Kate Lyon ranks up there with the best. Don't miss this author's newest offering!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great New Author March 10 2006
By A Byron - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I liked the story, the characters, and the writing was strong for a new author. I look forward to future books by Kate Lyon. The only negative thing in the whole book was the fact that the heroine was constantly saying "I can take care of myself" when in reality, she needed the hero's help to get out of several situations. This is very annoying. Other than that, I give this book high marks and I am normally very selective about the authors I read.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous historical romance Dec 24 2005
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In 1878 the disease ridden Oklahoma Reservation was no place to live so Chief Little Wolf moves the entire Northern Cheyenne tribe back to their original home in the Montana Territory in spite of the hardship that the trek will cause. As the Indians journey northward, dodging soldiers and mourning those who fail to make it, military officer Zach McCallister believes the Cheyenne have captured his son Luke. He plans to desert if necessary and follow the tribe on his own to somehow liberate his offspring or die in the attempt.

In Dodge City, Kansas to increase his chance of success Zach offers to "guide" Caroline Whitely, allegedly Lone Wolf's wife, when she tries to deliver needed medicine to the beleaguered tribe. They view the Cheyenne differently. She sees noble people, especially Little Wolf who rescued her from the Kiowa, struggling to survive under suppression; he believes these are savages who wantonly massacre innocent people and kidnap children and young women. As the days pass, Zach falls in love with Caroline, but she does not trust him; he knows she has good cause because he will betray her to free Luke.

HOPE'S CAPTIVE, the sequel to the wonderful TIME'S CAPTIVE, is a fabulous historical romance that focuses on the plight of the Cheyenne in the late nineteenth century. Few writers show the skills of Kate Lyon as she provides a powerful story line that enables the audience to feel they are on two trails: with the tribe (the description gets into your gut) and with the lead couple. Fans of American romance will want to read the "Captive" series as Ms. Lyon freshens up what in lesser hands is an overused device.

Harriet Klausner
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just okay... *Spoliers March 7 2007
By nodice - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This just didn't do it for me. While well researched, the fictional story threaded through the historical one was well...quite boring. Zach's periodic passion to search for his son felt contrived. He was never around when the boy was growing up and his reasonings for not caring for his deceased wife seemed equally contrived. She was spoiled and sought the comfort of another man after years of emotional abandonment doesn't make her all that bad to me. How on earth did he missed her being spoiled before marrying her? Bottomline, he was an absentee father and husband and that lost him heroic points in my eyes. The whole I'm on a goverment mission to find my son-didn't make sense . If you're looking for your son-then you're looking for your son-why is that a goverment sponsored mission? Then the whole traveling after Lone Wolf's band-seemed to me they were just walking behind them and was purposely missing all the fighting. How were they missing all this if they were literally a day behind-and how on earth did they managed not to catch up to two hundred people who were walking? With a small band of people it wouldn't have taken long to discover if his son was there or not and why would they take HIS son and why wouldn't they give him back if they had him? Paragraphs of Zach feeling eyes on him and a person afraid he was getting close to the truth was laughable. Why would they be afraid of him? These people were already in the fight for their lives and were defeating large bands of military men-but they were afraid of him? C'mon. In the middle of the book, it just became difficult to plow through. I like Caroline as a character and I liked some elements of Zach's character but for some reason-Zach and Caroline didn't blow me away as a couple. Ms. Lyon is a strong writer-but in this particular book, the characters needed something more. They started off well-they just didn't maintain their initial spark.

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