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Reviewed by Alyssa Elmore for Readers' Favorite
A young woman must confront her disastrous past to save her future in the compelling historical romance, Fire Blossom (The Bridge Between Enemies) by Gail Meath. It's 1843 in the Republic of Texas. Enchanting Comanche Princess Fire Blossom has lost all memories of her past; she can't recall her life before a severe illness stole her memories four years ago. With the deep affection of her family and neighboring tribe, Fire Blossom is content with her life. Always the impetuous one, she anxiously awaits the blessing of her marriage to the brave warrior, and soon-to-be-chief, Lone Wolf. After some urging, Fire Blossom and Lone Wolf are thrilled to learn that the ceremony will be held in three days. Following a secret rendezvous with her betrothed, Fire Blossom happens on a horrific scene; the carnage of her village by frenzied settlers. Frantic and overwhelmed with grief, she only has time to try saving her wounded older sister before she is captured and tortured. Unsure of how long her captors will keep her alive, and what they intend on doing with her, Fire Blossom can only hope for a quick death. When a tall, quiet Texan Ranger intervenes and enlists the help of his sister-in-law to nurse her back to health, Fire Blossom's sole focus is returning to Lone Wolf. Only, the longer she stays at the Ranger's farm, the closer to her unremembered past she becomes. Suddenly her heart is caught between yesterday and tomorrow. With her loyalties divided, Fire Blossom must choose between love, integrity, and honor. Will Fire Blossom be able to reclaim the past she doesn't remember? Can she reconnect with her lost love?
Fire Blossom (The Bridge Between Enemies) by Gail Meath is an engaging romantic western set during a time of turmoil in Texas. Seamlessly moving from the past to the present, this story takes the reader into a provocative account of murder, lies, betrayal, and ultimate healing. Immediately impressing me with how superbly Ms. Meath developed her characters and story world, the complex plot is masterfully executed with impeccable pacing, culminating in a thrilling ending. The main characters instantly captured my attention, drawing me deep into the story to the last page. The other characters stole my heart as well, as Ms. Meath expertly interwove their backgrounds throughout the novel. I appreciated how Ms. Meath added complex, yet defining nuances to the story, enhancing the enjoyment of the final outcome. I was surprisingly pleased with the conclusion and look forward to reading more from this author.