Book Rating: 5 Books, 5 Cups, 5 everything!
I just finished “Moon of the Falling Leaves” by Diane Davis White, and I am amazed. It is obvious that Ms White did a lot of research for this western novel. To emphasize something in the story, she’ll use a word from the Lakota Sioux dialog and then transparently fit the explanation into the story. It takes a real talent to accomplish that without breaking the rhythm.
“Moon of the Falling Leaves” is about a widow, Jessica, stranded with four children in the Rocky Mountains, and the Lakota Sioux warrior that finds them. Swift Eagle has many reasons to hate white people, but a dream tells him to befriend the family. He knows a blizzard is imminent so he moves them into an abandoned cabin. Rather than let them starve, he teaches the children and Jessica how to survive.
Swift Eagle slowly wins Jessica’s heart and the devotion of her children, but another dream shows Jessica standing with a white man. Swift Eagle knows he must take her back to her people: their love is not meant to be. When he takes the family to a town, Jessica falls into the hands of unscrupulous people. What will happen to Jessica, her family, and Swift Eagle? You’ll have to buy the book to find out.
This is a very talented writer who can spin words to create an earlier time. She will take you back to 1870 and keep you spellbound the entire novel. Diane weaves personality into her characters until you seem to know them, and the romance between Jessica and Swift Eagle slowly builds to a climax
It takes real talent to write a believable novel about 1870, but Diane White pulls it off without a problem. Can you tell that I really loved this novel?
Jo Webnar - Author
Saving Tampa & Twilight