Valley of the shadow

by Whitson, Stephanie Grace.

Format: Print Book 2001
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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Clairton Public Library Fiction F WHIT
Location  Clairton Public Library
Collection  Fiction
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Penn Hills Library Fiction WHI
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  WHI
When eighteen-year-old Genevieve LaCroix is sent to live at the Renville Mission to further her education and help the young minister and his wife, she never dreamed that her life would change so quickly. The tension between the settlers and the Sioux warriors begins to mount, and Gen's loyalty is divided between her Sioux family and the new friends she has grown to love at the mission. During the darkest moments of grief and adversity, Gen sees that God's plan has worked in miraculous ways to bring her hope and love for the future.Set in the time of the Dakota Sioux uprising of 1862, Stephanie Whitson has created a powerful and gripping story of hardship, loss, and love.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Evenhanded and lively portrayals of Christian missionaries and Dakota Indians distinguish this novel by the author of the popular Prairie Wind series. Genevieve LaCroix is a blue-eyed "half-breed," the daughter of a Sioux mother and a French father. At age 18, she is sent to live with a missionary couple, the Reverend Dane and his wife, Ellen. "Gen" befriends Ellen Dane (who is based on the real-life Minnesota settler Mary Ann Longley Riggs), but dislikes her husband, who, she believes, has only disdain for Indian customs. Death haunts the story: Ellen dies in childbirth (as does the baby, her third), and dozens of men are murdered when, in 1862, the Sioux rise up against their white neighbors. Gen risks her life to save the Danes' two surviving children. After the violence abates, the Rev. Dane confesses that he has fallen in love with Gen; his transformation from a removed, austere patriarch to a loving, emotive nurturer is surprisingly convincing. The religious themes are clear enough to please Christian readers, but subtle enough that they won't be off-putting to others. Fans of prairie fiction will be grateful that Whitson refrains from populating her pages with every important historical figure who set foot in the West during the 1860s, and that she spares us tedious attempts at folksy dialect. Instead, she serves up believable and sympathetic characters, conveying the atrocities that Americans of European descent committed against Native Americans without losing sight of the settlers' complicated, and often benevolent, motives. The ending, though not a stunning surprise, is far from the predictable conclusion featured in most historical romances. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Whitson, Stephanie Grace. Dakota moons ; 1.
#1 - Valley of the shadow
#2 - Edge of the wilderness
#3 - Heart of the sandhills
Subjects Women missionaries -- Fiction.
Dakota Indians -- Fiction.
Minnesota -- Fiction.
Publisher Nashville, Tenn. :Thomas Nelson Publishers,2001
Language English
Description viii, 295 pages ; 20 cm.
ISBN 0785268227 (pbk.)
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