Soonie, who is a quarter Comanche, goes with her uncle to teach the children at a secret Comanche-Kiowa settlement, where Kiowa brave Lone Warrior helps protect and support the group.
Best bits: Soonie is in a rough place between two cultures, but seems to navigate it well. I admire her interest in Comanche and Kiowa culture, along with her desire for her people to turn to God and her belief that all people are equal before God. I liked her frustration with the traveling preacher's attitude of white superiority, and wished she hadn't gotten repeatedly sidetracked from confronting him on it. I liked how she spotted Lone Warrior's subtle smiles of affection, and didn't let him get away with using peyote to "hear God." Lone Warrior certainly cares for his people, and becomes an even better protector, I'd say, when he lets go of his bitterness and anger and turns back to God. They are good for each other. God's love for everyone, regardless of race, culture, or past sins, is a big theme, and a good one. Soonie embodies this very well in her interactions with the people in the settlement and with saloon-girl Darla. Just a few typos. I appreciated the consistent POV.
Issues: Though it is a HEA ending, I would've liked for the story to go on beyond the first leg of their journey together. The epilogue is hardly a satisfactory substitution for more of the story!