It is exciting for a historical romance reader to find a novel that takes place in an area they know well. Such is the case for me with Sand Creek Serenade. This story centers around the historic and horrific Sand Creek massacre, which occurred on the southeastern plains of Colorado in 1864. Much of the story takes place at Fort Lyon, where I worked for many years when the facility served as a VA Hospital.
Sand Creek Serenade is a well-researched novel that bridges the chasm between whites and Native Americans during a time in history when hostilities ran rampant between the two cultures. Author Jennifer Uhlarik presents a well-crafted story enriched by historical fact. and actual historical characters who played a major part in the tragic events leading up to and during the brutal and bitter attack.
The author, in addition to capturing authenticity with her research, has brought to life the daily existence of both soldiers and Indians with believable fictitious characters. Five Kills, a Cheyenne brave, is caught between the white world he used to know as a young child and the customs he adapts when circumstances require him to seek a home with his mother’s tribe. Sadie Hoppner possesses the perseverance to pursue a male-dominated career as a physician, throwing caution aside in pursuit of her passion to care for her patients. When these two come together, their worlds collide, but their hearts form an unbreakable bond.
I loved the western action and the depiction of the Colorado plains where I have made my home for many years now. The portrait Jennifer Uhlarik paints of the people who lived here and the struggles they faced over a century ago is delightfully accentuated by a supposedly impossible romance that only God’s hand can see fulfilled.
The story is told from a Christian worldview without preachiness, but with a sincere growth and strengthening of faith as the characters experience doubts, fears, and experience healing.
I highly recommend Sand Creek Serenade to anyone who enjoys 1800’s western historical romance while learning historical facts along the way on their reading journey.
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