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In 1879, Omaha librarian Lise Dupree struggles to keep her part-Sioux heritage hidden as she reluctantly agrees to help research legal questions for a band of Ponca Indians led by Standing Bear. What begins as a quest for justice becomes a search for identity as she encounters ambitious district attorney Zach Spencer in a battle that will force them both to change the roles they have created for themselves. In the process, they confront Lise's haunting past, Zach's political aspirations, the dangerous prejudice of an unstable Indian agent, and the subtle differences between justice and the law. They discover smoldering love and a shared passion for justice -- theirs if they can embrace the changes which have allowed them to open their hearts to one another.
Publisher: [United States] : Five Star Publishing : Made available through hoopla, 2013.
ISBN: 1432835459
9781432835453
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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TheresaAJ
Dec 19, 2016

Lise Dupree, Librarian for the Omaha Public Library in 1879, is drawn into the Standing Bear trial when she learns her Aunt Rose is being held at Fort Omaha. As she helps with research for the trial, she finds herself drawn to Zach Spencer, the prosecuting attorney and Senate candidate. When Lise's part-Sioux heritage is discovered in backroom political machinations, she is torn between Zach and her job. Although Lise and Zach are fictional characters, Nowak fleshes out the book with real historical figures -- Standing Bear, Suzette La Flesche (Bright Eyes), General Crook, Andrew Poppleton, and others. The author is also true to the places in 1879 as she describes in her author's notes. I found it fascinating to compare the Omaha of 1879 with the Omaha of 2016 as many characters and places survive as street and business names today . This novel is a genre blend of romance, historical fiction, and western.

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