B&H Books (January 1, 2009)
Feisty, headstrong Isabelle Renoir faces a pre-revolutionary war society that frowns upon women who fend for themselves. Even the indigenous peoples she lives among for a period of time find her to be an enigma. So much so that they dub her Cocheta, which in their language means “That You Cannot Imagine”. Samuel, a woodsman and traveler among the Americans, comes across Isabelle and her brother Julian along with their Indian guide while he is on a reconaissance mission for the Americans wishing to usurp their British rulers. The Indian is supposedly taking the Renoirs to a nearby fort so they can retrieve several books for their local priest that he is unable to collect himself. After Samuel joins the party, this guide disappears only to return with a band of warriors who attack the travelers.
Leaving the women and the farmer whose family took Isabelle and her party in for a noon meal for dead, the warriors melt back into the forest once again with Julian and Samuel in their possession. Who will prevail in this battle and in the war ahead? Will the natives find the “prize” they were seeking to be worth the trouble or will he be more than even they can handle? Will any man ever tame Isabelle’s spirit without damping her heart for the Lord? Will the Indian religion and mystical beliefs stop her from worshipping the true Father she was raised to revere or will she resist their attempts to convert her? Carie’s historical set just prior to the American Revoluton in the Lousiana territory is stuffed with adventure, suspense, a bit of mayhem and even a touch of romance. (ISBN#9780805445343, 304pp, $14.99)