Having survived nine years as a Kiowa captive, Cassandra Morgan is traded back to the whites. Tattooed and emotionally scarred, Cassandra faces a life she hardly remembers.
Two men attempt to understand her pain: the half-Indian scout Lone Hunter Jalbert, and her childhood sweetheart cavalry Captain Drew Reynolds who was left for dead in the attack that killed both their families and who has sworn retribution.
Torn between two worlds and two men, Cassie must learn anew the true meaning of love, courage and forgiveness.
Winner, Romance Communication Reviewers Award
First Place, Wisconsin Romance Writers "Right Touch" Readers' Award.
"Ms. Grayson creates an emotional powerhouse... Superb!" ~Rendezvous.
"...a compelling novel chock-full of western detail." ~Margot Mifflin, author of the non-fiction book The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman, on whom the main character of So Wide the Sky is based.
THE WOMEN'S WEST SERIES, in series order
So Wide the Sky
Color of the Wind
A Place Called Home
Painted by the Sun
Moon in the Water
Bride of the Wilderness
In 1867, at the U.S. Army outpost at Fort Carr, three lives fragmented by the discord between whites and Indians, become inextricably linked. Years before, the young lovers, Cassandra Morgan and Drew Reynolds, lost their families in a wagon train massacre. Cassandra was captured and during her nine years of captivity acquired the name Sweet Grass Woman, and a distinctive tattoo on her face. Drew buried survivor's guilt beneath hatred and became an army captain bent on revenge. Traded back by the Cheyenne, Cassandra finds she is stigmatized by her past and though Drew marries her, he too is tormented by her past. Half-breed scout Lone Hunter Jalbert befriends her and opens his heart. Grayson's narrative is uneven with some intrusive sentimentality and poor similes (Indians "scattered in all directions like a good break on a billiard table."), yet her portrayal of stigma, courage and compassion in a hostile setting (both white and Indian) is memorable.