“What a fabulous read, albeit a very long one, with not one unnecessary sentence or character. Intense and passionate! This is a saga, but takes place over only 12 years. The author encompasses within this book a kaleidoscopic mixture of characters -- all extremely well-drawn and vivid in depth -- all woven intricately and perfectly into the story. The chemistry between characters is sizzling! The historical background is complete, well-researched, and beautifully presented. The elegant descriptions of the setting throughout the book enhanced the aliveness of the characters and the story. Beginning in Boston, we follow Clementine who runs away with a cowboy, to Western Montana, where most of the story takes place. Readers will feel like they've lived, loved, and struggled for survival on the Montana prairie, enduring the relentless wind, the intense summer heat and the deadly winter blizzards. We learn about the Chinese culture of some of the characters in this story, and the prejudice and bigotry they endured living in the 1800's American West (like it wasn't tough enough to survive there). This story and the characters (including some of the minor ones) will be with me for a very long time. This is a novel I'll read again -- and probably again, and again.”
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