Bitchery reader Marie asks for a book that she didn’t read more than a few pages of, because it wasn’t a book. It was gift wrap of the subterfuge variety:
When I was a kid, we got my mother one of those “motherhood rings,” with birthstones from every member of our family. But since we have a long-standing tradition of wrapping presents in a fashion that makes them utterly unidentifiable (t-shirt in a light bulb box, necklace in a rolled-up sheed of newspaper, etc), we decided to get the trashiest romance novel we could find and cut a hole in the middle of it to hide the ring in. (My mother: not a romance reader.)
Of course, being twelve or whatever I was, the romance novel got me curious. So I read some, maybe all of it—minus the hole in the middle of some of the pages, of course—and that’s where this request comes from.
You see, from what little I remember, the scenario involved a white woman among Native Americans. It also had the most horribly cliched clinch cover we could get our hands on. And though I have utterly forgotten the plot, I do recall some woman in the tribe pointing out to the heroine at one point that she “used no bloody rushes” lately, i.e. hadn’t had her period, i.e. was pregnant. The phrase “bloody rushes” is all that stuck in my mind.
So on the basis of an extremely common scenario, an utterly forgettable cover (I seem to remember the dominant color being blue, but I could be wrong), and a two-word phrase—can anybody identify this? It would have been published no later than the early ‘90s…. I figure the odds of anybody knowing which book it is drop from “unlikely” to “I have a better chance of being struck by lightning while holding a winning lottery ticket.”
So many clinch covers to choose from, so little time. Anyone remember “bloody rushes” or something similar? This is a longshot so if anyone guesses this, I’ll be so impressed.