This HaBO request for book identification comes from G, who remembers a lot of details. Gory ones!
There's a historical romance I'm looking for. I can only remember some parts of it. I read it in the early '90s. This is the book I read each time I was visiting my now ex-husband's parent's house. I had to stay in the basement–of course we couldn't sleep together–scandalous! Fortunately, there were hundreds of paperback books everywhere. I just picked this one randomly off the shelf–could have just as easily picked one out of the boxes, bags or drawers that couldn't close because of all the books. God Bless Grandma Helga.
It starts out where this girl is with her father in this field (United States circa 1800s, early 1900s). Her father is some sort of researcher or scientist. They're attacked by American Indians. The dad dies, the girl gets stabbed with a spear in the chest (but not before she does some damage to some guys with a machete) She's a badass and cuts this guy's arm off.
She's hurt but doesn't die. She is taken to a ranch of some sort with cowboys and they take care of her — she learns to ride very well — they think she's a boy for a good long while.
Later on, she winds up on a reservation and is one of the wives to the chief…there's a time where she meets the Indian she cut with the machete–he doesn't believe it's her so she shows him her scar for proof. There is another scene where she's on the reservation and it's wintertime–she's cold and has to play this gambling game to win some fur boots.
Then she's rescued by those ranchers that had her when she was younger…(I think it was those guys). Later on, she winds up in a large house as the wife of a lord? (the rancher may be the lord) and she has twins and she doesn't know if they're the Indian chief's kids or her husband's (the men do have similar features).
I think she had another child while she was on the reservation–I think they had a “birthing hole” to do such things. How quaint.
This is one of those thick books with small print and a girl with a ripped gown and a sexy, swarthy guy on the cover…
WHOA. Does anyone remember this book?