Friday, December 15, 2023

“The Displaced Indian Bride”
by Florence Linnington

Kimana was left on her own after her family had died from illness. Her father had been determined not to ever live on a reservation, but there were increasingly few places where the Native Americans could live without harassment. It was because of this that Kimama found herself racing for the nearby reservations with two white cowboys chasing after her, their intent to do her harm quite obvious. Kimana did find safety there, but was clearly unhappy being placed with another family where the wife was treating her as a slave and the husband was beginning to look at her in other ways that she didn’t like. One thing led to another, and (while I won’t tell you how) Kimana wound up married to Dancing Stream, a man whose mother had been a Native American woman married to a white man.

I found this story very interesting. While it wasn’t your typical mail-order bride story, it has most of the elements of one. Two near strangers finding themselves in a situation where the only option for one (or both) is to marry. In this case, Kimana’s only options were to return to living with the household where she was treated as a slave, marry another man from the reservation, one who had previously attacked her and most likely would treat her as badly as the other family, be sent to a women’s prison in the east (where she would be much worse off) or to marry Dancing stream, a half-white man who owned a homestead in the mountains. Given these choices, which would you choose?

I enjoyed watching Kimana and Dancing Stream get to know and trust each other, and eventually, as with most all mail-order bride stories, find love. This one had more difficult moments than many of the others that I have read, but as always, it finds the happy ending that I have come to expect and enjoy in this series.

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