The first book is One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus. This is a historical fiction book. Like all historical fiction, this book takes an actual historical event and melds a fiction story into it. Some of the reviews on good reads bash it for not being 100% accurate with the dates and references in the story, but honestly, I don't care. I'm not going to do research and see if a particular lake existed during this time period. The premise begins with a re-telling of the proposed "Brides for Indians" pact that went on in 1854, when a whole host of Cheyenne Native Americans came into DC and asked for 1000 white women to take back to the prairie. Their idea was that by impregnating the women, they'd put the Native American seed into Caucasian culture and thus assimilate it.
Ok, so that never happened. But for Jim Fergus, he lets his imagination roll with the idea that it did. The story is set up through the Journals of May Dodd. May is a woman who fell in love with a guy who worked for her father and was (obviously) below her station in life. Institutionalized for promiscuity after she gives birth to two children, May is eligible for the Brides program because she is obviously fertile. And May sees this as a way out of the institution.
I would give this one a middle level grade...may 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.
One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who, under the auspices of the U.S. government, travel to the western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians. The covert and controversial "Brides for Indians" program, launched by the administration of Ulysses S. Grant, is intended to help assimilate the Indians into the white man's world. Toward that end May and her friends embark upon the adventure of their lifetime. Jim Fergus has so vividly depicted the American West that it is as if these diaries are a capsule in time.
The second book is Still Missing by Chevy Stevens. This book is a thriller. Can you say cray-cray? Because this story is definitely that. I would love to see this made into a movie...it seriously had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Besides what is below, there isn't more than I can say, because I don't want to give away too much.
I give this one a 4 out of 5 stars.
from barnesandnoble.comOn the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a thirty-two year old realtor, had three goals—sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever- patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she's about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all. Interwoven with the story of the year Annie spent as the captive of psychopath in a remote mountain cabin, which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist, is a second narrative recounting events following her escape—her struggle to piece her shattered life back together and the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor.
The truth doesn’t always set you free.