Kernan, Jenna, The Warrior’s Captive Bride, (Richmond, Surrey: Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).
Title: The Warrior’s Captive Bride
Author: Jenna Kernan
Issues: Illness; POC; WOC
His wife for two moons…?
Plagued by a mysterious sickness, Crow warrior Night Storm captures the witch he believes cursed him. But his anticipated revenge dissolves when he realizes that beautiful Skylark might be the only one who can provide a cure…
Skylark agrees to pose as Night Storm’s wife so she can find a way to heal him. But when an unexpected desire flares, Sky’s mission changes and she’ll do everything in her power to find a way to make their arrangement last a lifetime!
What a joy it has been to create two sequential historical romances that include Native American heroes and heroines from the Sioux and Crow people. Thank you to all who reviewed my last story, Running Wolf, and who wrote to tell me how much you enjoyed hearing the story of my warrior woman.
This tale of a woman who wants to be a great healer, like her grandmother, and a man who wants only to regain what he has lost: his ability to fight for his people. For, as anyone who has ever suffered a life-altering injury or accident knows, it is sometimes impossible to return to the life one led before. This is the story of a warrior’s struggle to become what he once was and the healer who believes he can be so much more. As you’ve already suspected, the ride will be rough, the stakes high and the outcome uncertain.
In this story I have blended real medical conditions with the mysticism of the Plains Indian tribes in the 2800s. I hope readers will indulge my blending of science and spirituality and enjoy the adventure of Night Storm and Skylark.
To help you keep time with the Crow people I have added a moon calendar at the back of the story. Each tribe called the moons by different names. This is my interpretation of appropriate names for the moons in each season.
Happy reading and, as always, enjoy the adventure!