Journey back to a time and place that shaped a nation in Merline Lovelace's A Savage Beauty, a historical romance set in the early 19th-century era of Lewis and Clark. Sergeant Daniel Morgan's participation in a military mapping expedition of uncharted territory in the Louisiana Purchase takes on new urgency when he promises to protect the Indian wife of a dying French trapper. Louise Chartier's startling blue eyes lure him, but he is bound by honor to his wife, Elizabeth, and by duty to Major General Wilkinson's expeditionary command. Louise brings rumors of a spy reporting to the Spanish. Daniel honorably fulfills his charge: to protect Louise in the wilderness and to thwart the even greater dangers of treachery in New Orleans. That treachery leads to the highest levels of power in the fledgling American government. In the grand style of Michener and L'Amour, Lovelace brings vividly to life the grand beginnings of the American West.

Sandy Huseby writes and reviews from her homes in Fargo, North Dakota, and lakeside in northern Minnesota.

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