Under A Lakota Moon

Romance - Historical
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 09/19/2009
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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

In the 1800s divorced women carried a stigma.  Her heroine in Under A Lakota Moon is divorced.  Rosalynn McAllister leaves St. Louis for Peaceful, Minnesota to start a new life with her sister's family. She believes God has a plan for her life and this is part of it.  When she arrives in Peaceful she finds it is anything but peaceful.  Her sister has run off, her brother in law is dead and her niece and nephew are living with the local minister.  As a single woman she cannot get custody of the children.  She and her brother in laws brother marry to obtain custody.  Lone Wolf Lawson has long been persecuted for his Indian heritage.  Rosalynn and Lawson are attracted to each other but both have trust issues.

Under A Lakota Moon is a character study of Rosalynn.  Her ex husband was abusive.  She carried demons of mistrust with her.  

I enjoyed this book.  It is a quick read and very “clean.”  The author was very careful to avoid foul language or inappropriate behavior on the part of the main characters.  I appreciate that in a book.

Laura May Long

I found this book a little boring for my taste, it's just set up for everything to go too smoothly. The only real conflict is at the very end, and I thought it was entirely predictable. It was like I was skimming through most of the book waiting and waiting and waiting for something to happen. When it finally does, it was more a feeling of relief then a high point of tension. It wasn't until the end that I realized the story is actually more about the emotional strife of the main character Rosalynn, and not supposed to be plot driven. The best parts of the book are Rosalynns inner struggles to let go of her own demons. I can't relate to having an abusive husband, but I could relate to her feelings of mistrust, and the genuine angst she related. With that in mind the book was very real to me, albeit a little cheesy and forseeable.


This novel is set in the 1870s which was difficult for me to get into at first because I have no romanticized ideas regarding the past. The lead female is a divorced woman with two children and she is shunned by everyone and is an outcast living with her unwed aunt. Rosalynn gets a desperate letter from her estranged sister to come to Peaceful, Minnesotta. When they get to Minnesota they find a half Lakota gentleman named Lone Wolf living where her sister should be. The book is about falling in love after tremendous hurt and trusting again.

The story is well written but I think I would have died if I lived in 1870 with how proper and hidden everyones feelings are. I kept screaming in my head, "Just tell him you love him. Reach out and touch him. Anything."

The story gets really good towards the end when some outside conflict threatens to tear the family apart. Roslynn deals with persecution because she is divorced and Lone Wolf deals with persecution because he is part Indian. They try to figure out if they can trust each other and love despite all the negativity from the world and their past experiences.

This is a good read once you get into the 1870s mind frame. Times were slower then.

R. T. Kress

This book was such a good read!! I borrowed it from my mom and loved it so much that I want to have a copy of my own. It is one that I think that I could read over and over. I stayed up really late reading this book because I couldn't put it down. I had never heard of this author before so when I finished I looked her up and found that this was her first book written. I thought she did a great job and hope that she writes many more!!

Alison M. Palmer

Under a Lakota Moon follows a very simple, predictable pattern. It's straight forward, and easy to predict. There is no doubt from page one who is supposed to end up together and why, there are no real obstacles thrown in their way outside of their own self-doubts. It's just a clean, sweet love story. Some may not like that, but billions of book buying women do. I think that's part of their appeal, actually. This one is doubly appealing because it's also squeaky clean. Intimacy is explored as something sacred and wonderful but the bedroom door is still firmly shut. Yippee!