Interesting story about 21st Century reverse discrimination…
Woman On Fire by Fran Lee, is a fun story about a woman who is a teacher of Native American Studies even though she looks far from having anything to do with being Native American. Cheyenne Red Wolf was raised by her mother and Native American step-father, and even though she is as white as a crayon (red hair and blue eyes, as well) she has tried her whole life to be the dark haired, dark eyed Native American girl she has always wanted to be and not just by adoption and name. She thoroughly shocks Azrael Thunder Horse, who is the man who hired her by name and resume alone, to teach the Native American Studies classes on the Standing Rock res school.
He ignores the fact that first impressions are deceiving and has to backtrack to make things right with her after the way he treats her. Fortune smiles on him when she accidentally locks her keys in her car (along with everything she has) and he volunteers up a room at his Mother’s house for her.
They are studies in opposites. Azreal was once a famous Hollywood actor that walked away from everything to head back to his roots and Cheyenne grew up trying her hardest to create lifelong roots in the Native American culture of her step-father.
The big question is – is all this sizzle and electricity between them just something that is a fling or can they make it something deeper and more meaningful? Can her dream man from her childhood be Azreal or are they just the dreams of a young girl? Is Cheyenne really the woman he has been trying to find and hang on to his whole life?
This book was refreshing to sit and just read. I didn’t have to try and get into a characters head or deal with incredibly overused sentences and phrases. I enjoyed the development of Cheyenne and Azreals relationship and the stumbling they did throughout, so realistic and right.
-Reviewed by Khriste
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