RIVER’S SONG The Inn at Shining Waters by Melody Carlson

RIVER’S SONG The Inn at Shining Waters by Melody Carlson, (c) 2011. 40 year old Widow Anna Larson returns to her home on the Siuslaw River after her mother’s death. There she gains the self confidence and Independence she never had while living with her mother-in-law after her husband’s death 8 years earlier. Anna is a “half-breed” Half Swedish and half Suislaw Indian. Her mother in law always treated her badly right from the moment she married Adam Larson, called Anna a “little Indian Squaw” around her bridge playing friends. Brow beat and not very happy, Anna decides to stay on her inherited home and make an Inn of it for outdoors men who love to hunt and fish. Along the way Anna falls in love with a certain building contractor she meets.

NOTE: I thoroughly enjoyed this book, so I highly recommend it. I would love to read it’s sequel titled RIVER’S CALL.

WHAT THE HEART KNOWS by Kathleen Eagle

WHAT THE HEART KNOWS by Kathleen Eagle (c) 2000. Here’s a little Native American tale. It involves a murder mystery on a a Lakota reservation involving the death of an old tribe elder who also owns the Pair A Dice Casino. Old Roy Blue Sky requested someone to come and investigate where all the casino money is going since it’s obviously not making it’s way to the reservation’s coffers. Helen Kitterling gets assigned the case and old Roy hit by¬† some vehicle and dies. Now she meets up with her old lover Roy’s son Reece Blue Sky with whom she shares a child, a thirteen year old boy named Sidney who Reece doesn’t even know about yet. I’m sure all the hidden truths will come out in the end, after all they uaually do, don’t they? I’m really enjoying the book though.