Chase Rivers had been chosen by the Shaman to bring Katherine Hightower back to her people. Only problem was, she didn't know she was part Indian, and he had to fight Comanches, The Army, and a loco thief to get her there. Brought together by a dramatic dream, could their love withstand the test of time??
Chase Rivers had been chosen to bring the girl, Katherine HIghtower back to the village. She was the last decsendent of a very powerful chief and she had powers she knew nothing of.
But Katherine had been raised white and had just lost her parents with the fever. Now she was determined to run the Butterfield stage station alone with her brother.
Little did she know that the Comanche wouldn't let her and that trouble would begin when soldiers arrived at the station.
Chase had been connected to Katherine through dreams. He had no idea how powerful the dreams were until he'd met Katherine and she was kidnapped by a theif.
The love between them could not be stifled, even though they barely knew each other. The Great Spirit had deemed her to be with Chase.
Would Katherine still love Chase when she found out she was a half breed? Would he be able to convince her that she needed to come back with him to the village?
Her lips trembled as she touched her mouth to his. Warmth like summer sunshine stunned his senses. A sweetness never imagined whispered his name, as she pulled away and stared into his confusion. Had he imagined her actions?
"Who are you…. ich-que? Your kiss is like mon-nit-to a-ta-wa-chie, heaven," Chase Rivers demanded, his voice bold, and his eyes boring into the figure of the woman with silent appreciation. "What do you want with me, why do you look into my soul as though you know me?"
"We will soon know each other, I am Katherine…" She gasped, her eyes searching his in wonderment. Golden flecks in fawn brown eyes softened on him, her tender smile spreading and radiating her face. Long limbed and graceful, she stood poised. Her long brown hair fell past her waist, her serene smile radiating a sunshine all her own.
Now his glance filled with amazement and awe as she opened her arms to him. He wanted to go into her arms, but Chase knew nothing of this woman. His cynical nature held him back, but it took more effort than relenting.
"Where are you from?" he murmured as he came closer, wanting assurance of her reality. "I have never seen you before."
"I come from Texas,” she said breathlessly. "I'm on the Butterfield's Stage Line." Chase pondered the information, intrigued by her proud nature. It made no sense to him. The Butterfield Stage Line, created by a dreamer, Mr. Butterfield, was a death trap the Comanche intended to destroy.
"Why are you here? Why do you invade my dreams?" He asked in a hushed whisper, not wanting to scare her off, but still skeptical of her.
"I have not invaded. I wait for your welcome. It's your dream, not mine. You called my spirit…" Her shy smile filled his heart.
"I called no one." Chase watched her with curiosity and trepidation. And yet, she somehow beckoned him. He didn't like what she did to him.
She turned away slightly at his remark, a tear in the corner of her eye almost spilling. Instant sadness surrounded him. Her smile faded, the sunshine replaced by darkness now, as though night had descended. But it could not be. How could light ebb so quickly in the middle of the day? He'd just eaten; it was barely past noon. Loneliness engulfed his heart. He stared at her, bewildered. What kind of prophet caused the sun not to shine?
"Then I must go." Her sadness engulfed him, as though his rejection had caused her hurt. But how could he hurt her? He did not know her.
Chase felt her pain as if it were his own. Her loneliness, too. But even more, her hopelessness. What manner of vision could this be? He refused to carry it, rejecting it. Yet because he had glimpsed it, he knew he would not forget it. He would carry it forever in the deepest, darkest part of his being.
Beyond the Dream Catcher by Rita Hestand-reviewed by Icy Snow
It's the summer of 1858. There are rmblings of a war fermenting between the North and the South, but in northwestern Texas, lives are being changed in another way.
Chase Rivers is a part-Shawnee, falling in love with a young woman he sees only in his dreams, a woman he is told he must find and bring to his people. Katherine Hightower is the daughter of a way-station owner for the Butterfield Stage Line, unaware she has as much of a mixed heritage as the handsome man who akes love to her in her dreams. In the midst of burying her parents and little sisters after a fever, she's attempting to keep the stage stop open as a home for herself and her brother Josh. And on a nearby hilltop, their neighbor Hawks watches them, preparing his own violent intrusion in their lives.
The two young people meet when Chase, a scout for the army, is arrested for killing a soldier beating an old Shawnee woman. Captured and taken by stage to Ft. Davis for execution, he attempts to save Katherine when the soldiers accompany him attempt to assault her. In the following scuffle, both soldiers and the coach driver are killed. When another set of soldiers appear, led by stiff-necked, by-the-book Captain Davis, Chase and Josh take the stage, arranging the bodies in it to make it appear it was attacked by Comanche. The suspicious Davis returns,however, to arrest them all and the Comanche attack the wa-station, in that moment, Katherine's like is changed forever. Now she, Chase, Josh, young soldier Lee and the Union Captain find themselves on the jouner offering life or possible death to everyone. They barely manage to stay one step ahead of the Indians tracking them and antoher unknown enemy as well-as Hawks, having secret dealings with Kataherine's father, now prepares to take back what he calims is his.
With the four young Tyler brothers, Haks joins the fugitives, offering to help them fight off the Comance. When Josh wounds make them stop and Chas realizes he has to leave the others to find food and water. Hawks sees his chance. He kidnaps Kahterine, taking her back to the way-station, demanding she show him where her father hid his money. Kahterine's shocked denials only make him angirier, and she realizes she has only one choice…to stall Hawks by pretending to show him where the treasure's hidden and keep him busy until Chase can rescue her.
The only problem is…Chase may be too late, because Hawks has just realized Katherine is lying.
MY OPINION: As good as any episode of Gunsmoke or Bonanza! The predicament of two young people, both of mixed blood, one raised to face his differences while the other is unaware, are brought to play in this story which is more Western than Romance. Chase walks a fine tightrope between whites and Shawnee, as well as with the Comanche wth whom he lived after being captured by them. Katherine, having been raised as a white,thins twith that mentality, and has trouble adjusting to any other way of thought even after she learns most of her life has been a lie. The lifestyles of Shawnee and Comanche, their treatment of captives and their attitudes toward women and family are also contrasted. With plenty of tense moments as tshe little band is tracked by the marauders and Hawks, the characters are stock for the story—feisty heroine, noble hero, stiff-necked Union office, young untried recruit, reprehensible villain—but their depicitons aren't. Katherine brings strength and bravery to the way she handles herself when faced with helping Chase escape and listening to the soldiers at fr. Davis bad-mouth Indians and especially the man she loves. Her disbelief at learning of her father's past and her own secret background are portrayed as realistically as possible. Davis may be a duty-bound soldier but he's also a man of integrity who allows himself to be changed by what he sees in those he's always considered enemies, as does young Lee. And Chase is a brave man, facing death for righting a wrong others would prefer to ignore, falling in love with Katherine though his orders to find her didn't include that emotion.
It's an enjoyable story, and one those of you liking historical Westerns will appreciate.
Rating: 4 Star
Beyond the Dreamcatcher is published by www.decadentpublishing.com
This novel was supplied by the author and no remuneration was involved in the writing of the review.
Beyond the Dream Catcher Reviewer: Jacquelyn R. Ward
Katherine Hightower is orphaned in the wilds of Texas with only her brother to help her. After their parents died they try to run the stage station her parents had run. Surrounded by danger, Katherine is attacked by soldiers. She is rescued by Chase Rivers, a half-breed prisoner the soldiers were transporting. Chase was sent on a mission to bring the woman in his dreams back to save his people and is shocked to find Katherine is that woman. She must decide if her love for Chase is strong enough to survive. If not, the Shawnee people will perish without her.
Ms. Hestand has created a wonderfully entertaining story. The setting is so lushly described that the reader can easily imagine themselves in the same time and place that Katherine and Chase are. Katherine and Chase's adventures are amazing. The ups and downs are entertaining and yet at times profoundly heartbreaking. Katherine loses so much when family members die and are sent away so that they may survive. And yet she could have so much more if she were to accept who she is and what she wants. Katherine and Chase are two very strong characters that have heartbreaking pasts and yet are strong enough to survive so much. Their love scenes are genuinely heartfelt and tender. The supporting characters are fantastic and bring something extra special to this book. Set in a time where there is so much turbulence, with so many people fighting and a war on the horizon, this book shows that love and friendship can be found anywhere and at any time. So much love, loss and friendship can be found in this epic tale. This is one book that readers won't have any problems opening their hearts to. If you enjoy western romances and are looking for an emotionally deep story to read, I would definitely recommend this book.
Beyond the Dream Catcher Book Reviewed by Michelle R (reviewer)
BEYOND THE DREAM CATCHER's vivid world building left me breathless in a world of long ago. As I read, I found myself falling in love with the Native American culture as much as the characters. Fans of historical westerns are going to thoroughly enjoy Rita Hestand's novel.
I'm going to admit, I was thinking this was a Texas cowboy story. Why in the world I would think such a thing with the title BEYOND THE DREAM CATCHER, I am not sure. I'll call it divine intervention because I'm a sucker for a cowboy, but I've never read a story centered around the Native American culture.
And how divine it was.
BEYOND THE DREAM CATCHER is a passionate tale set in Texas around the time of the civil war. It's a difficult time to make a life in the west. The Native Americans and the American soldiers are at war, laws seem unjust by today's standards, and the dry soil is unforgiving to those in search of food. Ms. Hestand was able to translate all that hardship into an interesting backdrop to develop very emotionally complex characters.
Chase Rivers is of mixed blood. Half Shawnee and half white, he has enjoyed times when both sides of him have been embraced and rejected. He is driven by one thing-- the desire to avenge the rape and death of a girl he couldn't prevent as a child. But now his Shaman has sent him on a journey. He is to find the woman who haunts his dreams, inform her of her own mixed heritage and return her to her Shawnee people.
I found Chase to be quite fascinating. He feels the weight of the world on his shoulders and never seemed to allow himself to measure up. He holds the bar for himself so high it seems almost impossible to reach. Even when wrongly accused, he allows the white man to arrest him and he willingly goes to his own hanging. It was interesting to uncover whether he was full of honor or if he had some sort of death wish.
Katherine Hightower is the woman whom Chase is looking for. Katherine's parents and siblings (except for one younger brother) have all recently died with the fever. She and her brother planned to run the stagecoach stop as her parents did in hopes of making a living. Of course, this is the Wild West and women are in very real danger, even from the soldiers sworn to protect them. With Chase's help, Katherine manages to stay alive and learn of her true mixed heritage. The realization that her father wasn't her biological father, the death of her family and the endless life threatening events the Wild West sends her way makes for one interesting woman to get to know. This poor girl is struggling to stay alive and to understand how the man in her dreams is real, much less comprehend her feelings about him or her new life. She is this interesting dichotomy of strength and weakness, love and hate.
But even more compelling than these two very intriguing characters was the world in which Ms. Hestand created for them. I felt like I truly stepped back in time and had a little history lesson. One that painted a picture of struggles and celebrated triumphs because simply finding water was worth celebrating at times. I got a taste of the harsh life of a pioneer and the foreign life of the Shawnee.
This one is going on my favorite-firsts shelf. I invite all fans of historical romance to fall in love with the Shawnee, the west and Katherine and Chase right alongside me. And thanks to Ms. Hestand for writing one satisfying epilogue. I just love when everything is tied up so neatly. Enjoy!