Morning for Dove by Martha Rodgers
From Goodreads: When Luke Anderson falls in love with Dove Morris, he is aware of her Native American heritage. What he is not prepared for is the prejudice suddenly exhibited by his parents against Dove. Luke struggles with the feelings until a wildfire on the prairie threatens Morris Ranch. Luke joins the battle to stave off the fire as it approaches and risks his life to save Dove. Will his parents see that love knows no boundaries of race or culture when it is rooted in God's love for His people?
My Take: This book is the second in a series but it stands well alone. Luke Anderson notices how pretty Dove Morris is at the wedding of his Lucy and Jake (who's story is told in the first book). Dove has the same feelings for Luke but the two face resistance form Luke's mother, whose family was killed by Inidans when she was small and just seeing Dove, Her mother and brothers brings back memories of what happened to her family. Luke and Dove wiht the help of some friends find ways to spend time together despite this and they fall in love.
Barton Creek is growing by leaps and bounds so there are new settlers moving into the area all the time. some are farmers which doesn't sit well with some of the ranchers because the farmers are putting up fences and the ranchers want their cattle to roam free. One of these ranchers is Chester Fowler. Chester Fowler causes problems not only for the farmers but for Dove and her family as well.
There has been a drought the whole summer and some of the farmer's are falling behind in their bills. plus there is always the threat of a praire fire. When the worst happens will the town come together to help everyone?
I really enjoyed this book and will be going back and reading the first in the series.
Thanks to Rebeca at Glass Road Public Relations for a reivew copy of this book.
You can find out more about Martha on her blog Martha's Books