A Wilderness Christmas by Madeline Baker

By Madeline Baker

4 early American vacation romances contain "Loving Devlin" through Madeline Baker, "The Fourth present" via Elizabeth Chadwick, "Christmas shock" via Norah Hess, and "Christmas celebrity" through Connie Mason. Reissue.

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Thunder rolled across the black sky, lightning lanced the clouds, while a torrent of rain washed away Sarah's trail. He stared, unseeing, into the distance, his thoughts turned inward. Remembering how Sarah had taken him into her home and nursed him back to health after he'd been attacked by two white men and left for dead. Remembering how readily she had accepted him, trusted him when she had no reason to trust him. How could he help but love her? Sarah. He swallowed hard, realizing that she could be dead even now.

Surely there was no life better than that of a young Apache boy. He had no responsibilities, but was free to run and play all the day long. He had learned to ride, to hunt the deer and the buffalo, the rabbit and the fox, to read the tracks of man and beast, to distinguish a friend from an enemy by a moccasin print. Each tribe's heel fringes, soles, and toe forms were different. One-piece moccasins were common among the Page 38 Northern Plains tribes. The Comanche used buckskin heel fringes; the Cheyenne used two small tails of deerskin or a buffalo tail which trailed behind.

By then, the cloth wrapped around his leg was soaked with blood and he was burning with fever. He was only vaguely aware of being lifted from the back of the horse, carried into a lodge, covered with furs. He heard the distant sound of voices; a low groan rose in his throat as someone probed the wound in his leg, igniting new fires with every touch.  . the muted whisper of a rattle, the sweet smell of sage, the taste of strong green tea made from the bark of a tree. He cried out, tension spiraling through his body, as someone laid a heated blade over the wound in his thigh, and then the world went black.

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