Black Eagle by Gen Bailey
Set in 1755, Black Eagle by Gen Bailey is the story of Marisa Rathburn, leaving on the trip of a lifetime to get her best friend/companion away from Marisa's step-uncle/guardian. Unknown to Marisa, Black Eagle, who is enthralled with her, agrees to be their guide. Unknown to all three of them, the man hired to be their escort by her step-uncle has also been given the task of killing the two women.
Will the women reach their destination? Will they even survive the book? [I suspect there's a sequel coming to deal with what happens to Marisa's friend.] And will love blossom between Marisa and Black Eagle? If they build a life together, where will they fit?
Marisa seemed shallow, spoiled, and very self-absorbed to me. Besides thinking she was too good to be with Black Eagle, she showed an extreme lack of interest in the life details of her companion/indentured servant/best friend. How can you say someone is your best friend and not even realize how she came to be an indentured servant in your step-uncle's household after spending fourteen years as constant companions?
The dialogue is also very stilted. Maybe that was the speaking style of the period? I don't know, but I certainly found the dialogue distracting.
I suppose there's something to be said for the fact that Marisa grew as a person throughout the book, but I still didn't ever "like" her. I thought Marisa was getting a much better deal in their relationship than Black Eagle. I don't see her as much of a life partner for him.
I did enjoy the descriptions of the Iroquois Confederacy and the situation between the English and French as they struggled for control of the (now) Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada at the time. The history and lifestyle descriptions were engaging; the romance just didn't work for me as a reader.
My overall personal rating of Black Eagle is a C-.