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Overall Rating: 4.75:
Action: 3.75 / Emotion: 5.0 / Romance: 5.0 / Sensuous: 2.0 / Suspense: 2.5 // Historical Flavor: 4.5 // Laughter: 1 // Teary: 3 / Tears: 5

Comanche Woman: 4.75:
Since Joan Johnston is a favorite author, it was not surprising that this exciting, entertaining, deeply emotional, well-told story was un-put-down-able. The best book in The Sisters of The Lone Star Trilogy.

Hero: 4.75:
Long Quiet / Walker Coburn: A well-named hero. This handsome hero walked tall, full of integrity and knew who he was in spite of having the blood of two nationalities running in his veins. Long Quiet is a hero that would melt any woman's heart -- he endlessly pursued the woman he loved.

Heroine: 4.50:
Bayleigh "Bay" Falkirk Stewart: A beautiful, kind-hearted, sweet-natured heroine that struggled to find her place in a rough and tumble world. It was easy to feel compassion for and anger at Bay and then cheer her on as she struggled to find her place in the world.

Story Line: 4.50:
The story line was engaging and intriguing and kept readers glued to the book to see how {1} a half-white, half-Comanche man eventually found his way from the tribe that he loved to the woman he loved, and {2} a gentle-natured beauty made a connection to the family from which she felt distant.

Action: 3.75:
Enough action scenes, highlighting Long Quiet's masculine skills, kept the story interesting for readers who like a little adventure in their books.

Emotion: 5.00:
Johnston used Long Quiet's angst about his heritage to tie readers to him on a deeply emotional level. It was also easy to establish an emotional connection to Bay because of her feelings about not fitting into a family containing an overpowering father and two outspoken sisters.

Romance: 5.00:
The aura of romance permeated the entire story. Long Quiet had been in love with Bay for years . . . and then Bay found herself falling for Long Quiet, a man who courted her and showed kindnesses that were entirely inappropriate for his culture.

Suspense: 2.50:
Johnston kept readers in a continual state of edginess. First, wondering how Long Quiet was going to rescue Bay from the Comanche village and then how he was going to save her from marrying Jonas.

Sensuous: 2.00:
Johnston did a great job of slipping in some old-fashioned (1980s), very emotional, sensual love scenes that had a bit of sizzle when Long Quiet finally took Bay to his bed.

Historical Flavor: 4.50:
Johnson does an excellent job of including details about Texas history in the story as she addresses the issues the Texans faced as they warred with the Mexicans and Comanche.

Secondary Characters: 5.00:
One thing that Johnston does with great skill is to introduce secondary characters, who are important to the plot of the book, and sometimes play minor roles, but when they walk through the pages of the book, they leap out at you. This book featured: {1} Rip Stewart, {2} Sloan Stewart, {3} Luke Summers, {4} Many Horses, {5} He Decides It, {6} Little Deer, {7} Jonas Harper, {8} Cruz Guerrero, and {9} Francisco "Cisco" Guerrero.

A more in-depth, detailed, spoiler-ridden review of Comanche Woman appears at Wolf Bear Does Books (http://goo.gl/bHNNhV). ( )
  Vonda_M_Reid | Nov 9, 2014 |
I Love Joan Johnston. I started with Frontier Woman and realized that some of her books I read previously were descendants of these people. I like how her books are tied to eachother. Joan is a fabulous author and one of my favorites. ( )
  cowgirl474 | Sep 23, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0440236800, Mass Market Paperback)

In this dazzling prequel to the New York Times bestsellers The Cowboy and The Texan, Joan Johnston takes us back to a time when Texas was a young and wild republic, and three strong-willed sisters carved out a destiny that would spawn two legendary dynasties. Here is the spellbinding tale of a woman captured by Comanches—and of the proud warrior who vows to make her love him.

Born to a white father and his Indian bride, Long Quiet believed his destiny lay with his Comanche brothers. But his heart secretly belonged to Bayleigh Stewart, daughter of the richest cotton planter in Texas, who’d been abducted by a marauding brave and sold to the highest bidder. For years he’d searched for the violet-eyed beauty, and now a strange twist of fate led him to her.

Called Shadow by her captors, Bay had almost given up hope of rescue, when a rugged stranger in buckskins appeared, risking his life to bring her home...and awakening a passion that burned hot and true. Bay knew her place was with her family. But Long Quiet hadn’t found her only to lose her again. He had to convince this woman—his woman—that her true home was with him... as together they would fight for a love strong enough to bridge two worlds....

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"Born to a white father and his Indian bride, Long Quiet believed his destiny lay with his Comanche brothers. But his heart secretly belonged to Bayleigh Stewart, daughter of the richest cotton planter in Texas, who'd been abducted by a marauding brave and sold to the highest bidder. For years he'd searched for the violet-eyed beauty, and now a strange twist of fate led him to her." -- Back cover.… (more)

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