When I received this book from Glass Road PR, I viewed it with some trepidation. I’m not a big romance reader, so I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy it, but I was pleasantly surprised. Morning for Dove by Martha Rogers, is Book II in the Winds Across the Prairie series. I haven’t read the first one, but I now intend to seek it out.
Morning for Dove takes place in Oklahoma Territory, in the days before statehood. The story centers around a young man and woman that are involved in a budding, but complicated relationship. The girl, Dove, is half Native American and Luke is wanting to get to know her better. But Luke’s mother was orphaned as a young girl by an Indian raid and can’t bear the sight of Dove or her mother. As prejudice draws battle lines across their community, they must wrestle, not only with their own feelings, but also with questions of right and wrong, honor and loyalty. In addition, this is the time of range wars, with the ranchers and farmers at odds, with threats of violence.
When a series of crimes are committed, it threatens to tear the community apart and further polarize the opponents. Accusations fly and those committed to justice must seek out the real culprits to clear the accused. The strength of love and forgiveness bring them back from the brink of disaster. A plot twist toward the end was a nice touch to what would otherwise be a somewhat predictable storyline. This book was an enjoyable read and would be perfect if you like a light romance set in a historical background.