Pocket Books Reissue September 2003
Reviewed by Sissy Jacobson
Half Oglala Sioux Kinyan Holloway has a big decision to make, and she has to make it soon. Her husband of eleven years, John Holloway, has been killed in a freak accident, leaving her and her three children to manage The Triple Fork, the biggest ranch in the Wyoming Territory.
Kinyan doesn't know the first thing about running a ranch, so she has three choices. She and her twin boys can try to learn to run it with the help of her husband's long time foreman, she can sell out, or she can marry again. Most people expect her to marry, but she has sworn never to marry again unless she chooses the husband for herself. She had come to love John in the eleven years they were married, but her father had forced her marry the white man who was a total stranger.
Ritter Gordon, whose ranch The Oxbow borders The Triple Fork, and is
the second largest ranch in Laramie County, tells Kinyan she needs help in
getting the squatters off her land, and in keeping the government land
that is so much a part of her ranch. He states he has told members of The
Association, whose help she would need, that he had been courting Kinyan
and their wedding is imminent. Furious with the always immaculate, wealthy
rancher with the too handsome face and impeccable manners, Kinyan finally
understands why John always warned her away from Ritter. In order to buy
herself some time to figure out what to do, she tells him she has to think
it over. Her sons, Josh and Jeremy, vehemently express their disapproval.
Ritter has given her two weeks to make up her mind.
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