I discovered a new author, Kathleen O’Neal Gear, a former state historian and archeologist, who writes historical romance about North America’s Indigenous people. Her prose is rich in detail and her descriptions transport you back in time. Currently, I’m reading This Widowed Land.
Blurb: Lovely Andiora is a Huron Indian in seventeenth-century North America. A seeress with a bond to the spirit world, she has beheld a frightening vision-of a blond man in a black robe, whose coming will bring death and despair to her people.
Father Marc Dupre is a French missionary who has come to Quebec to preach Christianity. He is not prepared for his own growing love for Andiora, an attraction she shares with all her heart.
But more than a forbidden union threatens them both. A mysterious epidemic is devastating the Hurons, and vengeful shamans blame the “Black Robes” from Europe, crying out for the priests’ deaths.
Menaced by war and disease, torn between their desires and their sacred callings, Marc and Andiora struggle to find peace and fulfillment.