Carla Olson Gade’s The Shadow Catcher’s Daughter

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The Shadow Catcher's Daughter CoverEliana Van Horn loves taking pictures with her father. The only problem is, in 1875 it isn’t proper—or safe—for a young woman to travel the west. So on their expedition to photograph the Four Corners area, she dresses as a young man.

Yiska Wilcox, the half-Navajo man hired to guide them, is drawn to the beautiful photographer’s assistant—and to her faith. But he’s charged by her father to “keep her secret, keep her safe, and keep his distance.” The latter becomes more difficult the closer he becomes to her.

Native American protagonists are not common in Christian romances. Yiska is not a proper Amish novel hero. But he is a gentleman, and he is delightful. Eliana is not the typical docile female, either. Both of these unique characters make for a more exciting and unexpected read, with plot twists and obstacles and secondary characters adding spice to the mix.

Carla has researched the time period well—the prejudices against both women and Indians, the political climate, even the landscape. She has woven historical people among her fictional ones, her setting being an actual 1875 US government-commissioned survey led by Chandler Robbins to mark the intersection of New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado.

The Shadow Catcher’s Daughter is an unusual find: a romance that goes a little deeper. There’s more than just the relationship between the leads to explore. And that makes it more than worth your while.

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