When Ella Hastings is captured by the Blackfeet Indians at age nine, then adopted by the Lakota Indians, she is thrust into a new way of life and transformed into Little Brave, adopted daughter of their revered and peaceful chief, Grey Owl. Ten years later the white man returns. Their soldiers storm her tribe’s village and bring reminders of a world she’d almost forgotten. Suddenly, she is confronted by the question: To which world does she now belong? Her only hope in discovering who she really is lies with the enigmatic army scout, Beech Richoux.
Son of a French trapper and Lakota mother, Beech Richoux was raised in a white man’s world after his mother’s death. Acting as an army scout to raise money for his horse ranch, he’s unaware of the Army’s true intent to annihilate his mother’s people until it’s too late. And the white woman he finds living among the Lakota only adds to his desperation to save his people. Now the narrow path he has created to balance himself between these two worlds is tipped by the mysterious white woman known to the Lakota as Little Brave.
Can two people robbed of their own childhood learn to live together in such differing worlds? Can Little Brave and Beech forge a new path into a life where they both are finally set free?
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Ella's Choice by Ruby Merritt is a intriguing historical romance that the majority of the book takes place during 1876, when the Sioux Indians were being forced from their land.
Merritt weaves a beautifully written story in with history to make such an interesting book. She gave her characters so much depth, that I felt my own chin raising as Little Brave's did in Ella's Choice. Merritt describes her landscapes and setting so well, I just wanted to open up my kindle and crawl right in there.
I think we often forget that racism when it came to our American Indians. When you hear the word racism, most of the time your mind goes to African American or Hispanic, but there is an entire other race in America who experiences racism on every level without a real sense of justice, it is the American Indian.
I think this is a book everyone SHOULD read. I know historical fiction isn't for everyone, but this one might teach you something. I enjoyed this book and feel like I learned something in the process!
Kudos for Ruby Merritt! I give this book 5 stars