Rose Audi travels to Busted Heel, Wyoming, to meet her husband. Sherrif Case
Storm breaks the news that her husband is dead and urges Rose to go back
home. When the stubborn Italian immigrant refuses, sparks fly.
Stock characters and the faltering of its antiracist stance help to keep this western/romance about an Italian woman and a half-Sioux man firmly in the ranks of the ordinary. In 1887, Rosa Audi journeys from her Italian village to Busted Heel, Wyo., to find that she is now a widow: her husband, who had emigrated first to make a home for her, has been killed recently by stray gunfire. Kase Storm, the half Sioux-half Dutch town marshal, decides this is no place for a beautiful, unprotected woman and sends her packing. However, encouraged by the town's stereotypically kind-hearted madam, Rosa stays to establish a restaurant. As Kase struggles to reconcile himself to the past he has fled, he resists his growing attraction to Rosa, unwilling to have her subjected to the racist slurs he suffers as a ``half-breed.'' But Rosa, who proves her mettle by surviving on her own and winning the hearts of the townspeople, refuses to be swayed by such prejudice. Curiously, Landis's ( Wildflower ) antiracism finally turns selective: when outlaws take a train (and Rosa) hostage, all the men turn out to help--except the town's one Chinese.
Great book! I enjoyed it, however the number of "typing" errors are atrocious considering the cost of the book! I'm sure these errors would never have happened in a printed version, so why here???