Title: Under a Desert Sky
Author: DiAnn Mills
Publisher: Summerside Press
Tahoma Benally is a Native American of the Navajo tribe. He has recently returned to his Navajo community to practice as a doctor after spending ten years in Chicago training for this career. While in Chicago, he discovered God and Christianity. He has yet to tell his parents or community of his beliefs for fear they will shun him or that he will embarrass his parents. He soon meets the new guest at Ghost Ranch, Eva Fortier and becomes instantly smitten, but what can he offer a wealthy, white woman? He tries to keep his distance emotionally, but with his carrying out of his father’s vow to Eva’s father he is constantly near her, weakening his resolve.
Eva Fortier is sent to Ghost Ranch to hide from the people who killed her grandfather. She has been raised as a rich socialite with all the finest things money can buy. On the ranch, she learns a new way of life that she never thought she would embrace, but she does. She meets Tahoma and falls head over heels in love, but does he return her feelings? She has a job for the first time, which she loves. She is a gifted teacher and longs to someday teach others. She also finds God at Ghost Ranch amidst her emotional turmoil and the constant threat of death dogging her heels.
This is a heartwarming romance set in the mid-1930s that covers betrayal, deception, murder, newfound faith, prejudice, love, and many other themes. The two main characters of the story show our human frailties while seeking spiritual solutions, maybe not first off just like we do sometimes they turn to others first. They realize that only God has complete control over every situation in our lives. The transformation of Eva was a wonder to behold. I look forward to reading more novels by this talented author.
My rating is 4 stars.
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