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"Kathleen Eagle is a national treasure." Susan Elizabeth Phillips
"Kathleen Eagle is an author without peers." Tami Hoag
A secret son. A lost love. A dangerous job. A frightening risk.
A second chance at the happiness their hearts were once afraid to share.
Thirteen years ago, alone and secretly pregnant, Helen Ketterling left her job as a school teacher on the Bad River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. Her summer love affair with Reese Blue Sky had ended abruptly when he left the reservation to pursue his chance at a NBA career.
Now her new position, a dangerous assignment for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Reese s father s sudden death bring them both back to Bad River for a reunion at once fiery and bittersweet. Not only does Helen fear a custody battle if Reese learns that they share a son, but she can t reveal that she s working undercover at the reservation s casino.
And Reese has his own secret one that ended his basketball career and could endanger his son. While much has changed in the years since he left home, he finds that his roots and his heritage still matter as he reaches for reconciliation with his past. Family ties are the basis of Lakota tradition, and all are threatened by political intrigue and corruption. Was Reese s father murdered because he planned to blow the whistle on the casino s outside management company?
As their investigation into his death leads them down a treacherous path, Reese and Helen struggle to bridge the memories and heartaches of a time when she was an idealistic young teacher and he was a lonely man on the verge of reaching for the stars. They ll have to search deep inside themselves to challenge the doubts that have kept them apart.
"A poignant and unforgettable tale." Library Journal
"What the heart knows can t be denied." Kirkus Reviews
The kind of magic I associate with...authors like Anne Tyler, Amy Tan, and Alice Hoffman." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Bestselling author Kathleen Eagle set aside a gratifying seventeen-year teaching career on a North Dakota Indian reservation to become a full-time novelist. The Lakota Sioux heritage of her husband and their three children has inspired many of her stories. Among her other honors, she has received the Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA Award.