Daughter of the Wind is the result of a true, tragic story of a Scots-Irish woman who was captured and then fell in love with the son of a chief. As the result of a treaty, she was taken, pregnant at the time, from her warrior husband and forced back to her white family. Her husband did the unthinkable and actually left the tribe to go and live among the whites, but such was their hatred of Indians that before he reached his beloved her brothers intercepted and killed him. The woman gave birth to a baby girl and grieved herself to death.
Heart wrenching, the story haunts me to this day. I wondered what happened to her daughter when she grew up and if there were some way those young lovers could have been spared such anguish. I couldn’t let this tragedy happen to my hero and heroine, but how could I spare them? Daughter of the Wind grew out of this account, as did my yet unpublished historical romance, Red Bird’s Song.
Daughter of the Wind is a light paranormal romance with strong American historical roots. Set among the clannish Scots-Irish in the mist-shrouded Virginia Mountains, it's a tale of the clash between peoples and young lovers caught in the middle. Ever influenced by my regard for Eastern Woodland Indians and some of their beliefs, I interwove mystical, Native American elements with 'Daughter.'
Autumn, 1784: A tragic secret from Karin McNeal's past haunts the young Scots-Irish woman who longs to know more of her mother’s death and the mysterious father no one will name. The elusive voices she hears in the wind hint at the dramatic changes soon to unfold in her life among the Scot’s settled in the mist-shrouded Alleghenies. Jack McCray, a wounded stranger who staggers through the door on the eve of her twentieth birthday and anniversary of her mother’s death, holds the key to unlocking the past. Will she let this handsome frontiersman lead her to the truth and into his arms, or seek the shelter of her fiercely possessive grandfather? Is it only her imagination or does something, or someone, wait beyond the brooding ridges—for her?
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