I have long awaited this book as I think these are two of the most complex and interesting characters that have shown up in any of the Heartbreak Creek stories. Prudence and Thomas are in a time where there is a great deal of change going on and people of color have few rights. Each wants to make changes but they don’t always agree on how to do it. Both have a white heritage but society sees them as a Negro and an Indian. Social expectations clash and faith in each other, friends and family are tested. However, this is not a social commentary but a warm complex romance. There are places of pure joy and humor while other places show the violence and greed that is everywhere. I absolutely loved this last book and the epilogue was a fantastic bonus. I don’t think I can express how much I thoroughly and completely loved this book. However, while you will enjoy it if you haven’t read any of the other books about Heartbreak Creek, I think you will miss out on some of the depth and complexity of this community. I am so happy to finally see Prudence and Thomas get their happy ending even though it was a long time coming and the road was very rocky. I can only high recommend this entire series and thank Ms Warner for sharing it with us.
Prudence wants, no needs, to share her education and advantages with the newly freed slaves. She has always been free and her white father made sure she was well educated. But, her education doesn’t stop others from wanting to use her and envy her. Thomas was raised as a Cheyenne warrior but that time has ended as the Indians are being sent to reservations. His grandfather was white and Thomas is trying to walk in the white way. He finds it difficult but he does know that Prudence stirs his heart. Thomas doesn’t want to live in the big city where Prudence wants to be. Can he get her to agree to come back to Heartbreak Creek? Others have a different plan for her and the threats may keep her away.
The award-winning author of Where the Horses Run makes her eagerly anticipated return to Heartbreak Creek for the final book in a trilogy of soul-stirring historical romance.
Thomas Redstone—a former Cheyenne warrior seeking new purpose by following the ways of his white grandfather—is returning to Heartbreak Creek, Colorado, when he decides to give the woman he loves one last chance to accept him into her life.
Prudence Lincoln’s beauty and education have brought her little joy. Envied by blacks for the advantages she’s had, and reviled by whites for her mixed blood, she’s proving herself by helping ex-slaves prepare for newfound freedom. Thomas has no place in her future, no matter how much she loves him.
He’s suffered only hardship. She was raised in privilege. Their only common ground is the spark between them that won’t die. Yet even as evil forces tear them apart again, they discover that courage can be a weapon, happiness is a choice, and love can triumph over anything.