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5.0 out of 5 starsHeartfelt
Reviewed in the United States on January 23, 2017
Beautifully written... Anita Mills does it again.. You could feel what the characters were feeling, pain, lost, mistrust, longing.. I loved Clay& Amanda. The story felt real - pulling you back to the days of the West and how disconnected we really were.. The perjudice, treatment of women and the Indians...lots of mixed feelings.. Loved it though...
Amanda Ross has everything: money, the ancestral ranch, the big adobe house, and good breeding. What Amanda Ross does not have is compassion. She will not forget nor forgive the Comanche Indians that murdered her Spanish mother and stepfather. Mills' has cast her hero as a rough, handsome, arrogant man named Clay McAlester. With the author's words, the reader visualizes a Clint Eastwood clone from his "spaghetti western" days . . . - "He was facing her, his coat open, showing two gunbelts crossed over a collarless white shirt unbuttoned several inches at the neck. But it was the eyes that sent a shiver through her." - Clay McAlester may be a Texas Ranger, but the proud, powerful Comanche nation raised him; a fact Amanda Ross will not forget nor forgive. Effectively, the author summons McAlester to rescue our testy heroine, from the clutches of a rejected suitor. Despicable Ramon Sandoval abandoned the lovely Amanda, in the Texas wasteland, to die a slow death. With her golden pen, Anita Mills guides her contestants to love, and guides her reader to the showdown. The story's ending is to savor; justifiably, puny Ramon and his father pay for their heinous crimes. This western novel takes place during the year of 1873, and the author's words flow with ease and gentle speed. This inexperienced Canadian lass enjoyed eating "prairie chicken" over an open campfire, and Mills' entire description of North American Indian food was a delightful revelation. To punctuate respect, the author profoundly wrote Clay's struggle with the end of his proud people's way of life. Originally, I read Anita Mills in a Christmas anthology novel. From then on, I searched the shelves of the local book stores looking for her material. "Comanche Moon" was the first Mills book I devoured, and I became a devoted follower. With this review, in February 2004, I understand this intriguing, resourceful author has retired - what a shame for all the lovers of romance reading.
Anita Mills is a terrific writer and makes you feel like you are living in her books, I have not been able to find any new releases (books) and most certainly would purchase them if and when I would find them. This is a wonderful story set in the early west.
I have to start off with the bad proofreading as the first line of the first page of this book it says Boston 1973 in big bold black letters where it should’ve read Boston 1873. I wasn’t going to read it at first as I thought it was a contemporary book but as it happened I’m pleased I did. As for the book I thoroughly enjoyed the story I loved the two main characters and how they love growing in the desert and the hardships they suffered and how strong Amanda was a book well worth reading.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 14, 2014
I actually wanted to give this book 3.5 stars but can't give a half star and felt it was a good enough read to round up. It's not as good as Dangerous or Lady of Fire, it didn't feel as natural in the way it way written but I still found I couldn't put it down. Others criticized how much of the story was focused in the desert but that was where the relationship developed between Amanda and Clay and I thought it was dealt with very well except that I didn't think there was enough dialogue between them regarding why Amanda was so frightened of the Comanches. It felt like Clay had more air-time in that argument but that's a minor criticism.