Dancing on Coals

Rated 5.00/5 based on 6 reviews
After escaping murderous bandits, Katherine says, "I jumped from the frying pan to the fire. Soon I’ll be dancing on coals." The thieves were the frying pan. The young Apache who saved her was the fire. The coals? Gaetan. Filled with rage and hate, Gaetan is Katherine's one chance to stay alive. When the struggle to survive forges a bond that turns to love, can he admit it? More

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Words: 93,260
Language: English
ISBN: 9781466085176
About Ellen O'Connell

Ellen O’Connell lives in Douglas County, Colorado, with a motley crew of Rottweilers, Rottweiler mixes and a Morgan horse. She was active in Rottweiler rescue work for almost ten years, first on her own, then on the Board of Directors of Rottie Aid (www.rottieaid.org). At the present time, her rescue work is limited to transporting dogs for Rottie Aid, but she expects there will be other foster dogs in her future.

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Review by: Mia on Oct. 15, 2012 :
Another keeper!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: missmye on June 05, 2012 :
This was so powerful and beautiful. It was as good Eyes of Silver and dare I say it, touched me even more!! Gaetan and Katherine's story was so enduring. I wanted it to continue, it was so delicious!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Nicole on Jan. 30, 2012 :
What a powerful story! And what a joy to find this author. Once again, there needs to be a way to give more stars. We need an 'all time favorite' star, and this will surely top my list.

Ah, Gaetan! It's rare that you can find a hero quite as fierce as Gaetan. He doesn't even speak any words to our heroine for quite a long time. If you're looking for a sweet and gentle love story, this is not it. This love story is dangerous and proud. The gentleness is hidden, but the bits that are there are magical.

Katherine is an American woman trying to find freedom from the strict rules enforced on ladies by society. Her father owns a shipping company, and as a child, she and her brothers accompanied him to faraway places and had many adventures. As they grew up, however, Katherine was expected to stay home and become the proper lady that others expected from women in those days. She eventually has enough of that, and decides to have her own adventure while the men in her life are away overseas. And boy, does she ever find adventure! Her stagecoach is robbed by bandits, she is rescued by a handsome Apache warrior, and scorned by his people, including his brother Gaetan. Gaetan hates all white man for their killing of his parents and oppression and slaughter of his people. But as much as he ignores, fights, and runs away from his love for Katherine, he can never separate himself enough to be free of this white woman. Soon, circumstances force the two together, and despite their hate and fear, they form an unwanted bond.

While also an enthralling love story, this book also focuses on the plight of Native Americans, namely Apache, during the late 1800s and up into the early 1900s. It tells of their struggles to live free on land that was systematically taken from them, not by right or might, but by sheer numbers. It brought tears to my eyes more than once. The cruelty of man, the grasping at power and land, truly knows no bounds.

It was a bittersweet ending, as we all know what became of the original Americans. But also thoroughly satisfying, as the love between Gaetan and Katherine was fierce and strong, and they kept their 'hard promises.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Nicole on Jan. 30, 2012 : (no rating)
What a powerful story! And what a joy to find this author. Once again, there needs to be a way to give more stars. We need an 'all time favorite' star, and this will surely top my list.

Ah, Gaetan! It's rare that you can find a hero quite as fierce as Gaetan. He doesn't even speak any words to our heroine for quite a long time. If you're looking for a sweet and gentle love story, this is not it. This love story is dangerous and proud. The gentleness is hidden, but the bits that are there are magical.

Katherine is an American woman trying to find freedom from the strict rules enforced on ladies by society. Her father owns a shipping company, and as a child, she and her brothers accompanied him to faraway places and had many adventures. As they grew up, however, Katherine was expected to stay home and become the proper lady that others expected from women in those days. She eventually has enough of that, and decides to have her own adventure while the men in her life are away overseas. And boy, does she ever find adventure! Her stagecoach is robbed by bandits, she is rescued by a handsome Apache warrior, and scorned by his people, including his brother Gaetan. Gaetan hates all white man for their killing of his parents and oppression and slaughter of his people. But as much as he ignores, fights, and runs away from his love for Katherine, he can never separate himself enough to be free of this white woman. Soon, circumstances force the two together, and despite their hate and fear, they form an unwanted bond.

While also an enthralling love story, this book also focuses on the plight of Native Americans, namely Apache, during the late 1800s and up into the early 1900s. It tells of their struggles to live free on land that was systematically taken from them, not by right or might, but by sheer numbers. It brought tears to my eyes more than once. The cruelty of man, the grasping at power and land, truly knows no bounds.

It was a bittersweet ending, as we all know what became of the original Americans. But also thoroughly satisfying, as the love between Gaetan and Katherine was fierce and strong, and they kept their 'hard promises.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sandra Leatherdale on Dec. 19, 2011 : (no rating)
This book,like each of Ms. OConnell's other books, was impossible to put down. The book is historically accurate, with a very strong Female and Male main character. The silent Sioux and the independent world traveller are well mated. Each has a background that allows them to love and understand each other. There are many highpoints throughout the book, from highwaymen, to capture by banditos to imprisonment on newly formed reservations. This author writes one winning novel after another. If you enjoy Native american themes her books are a must read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Elfwreck on Dec. 12, 2011 :
I bought this as soon as I saw it--and waited to read it, because I knew as soon as I was done, I'd want more.

I loved Katherine's headstrong attitude and Gaetan's grudging respect for her. Loved that she was able to insist on--and get--some measure of fair treatment, even across a severe cultural divide and a lot of hatred. I loved the insights into Apache culture, and appreciated the author's note that explained which parts drew directly from history and which ones were a bit speculative. (She posits a plausible-but-not-documented community of members of multiple tribes trying to avoid both American and Mexican armed forces.)

Once I started this, I couldn't put it down, and the only disappointment is that it's *over* and it'll probably be quite a while before O'Connell's next book is available. In the meantime, I'll be re-reading this one along with her others.
(reviewed long after purchase)

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