Magnolia Belle is a Texas author who writes about Texas, past and present, and Native Americans. She enjoys writing historical fiction and modern day romance/adventure.
She lives with her husband [since 1977], and their three dogs in the DFW area. Music, people watching, travel and cooking are some of her interests.
She is a firm believer that all chocolate is medicinal.
Sharon E. Cathcart
on April 15, 2011 :
Magnolia Belle's "T'on Ma" details Lana Cooper's time as a homesteader's daughter. She meets and falls in love with Kiowa warrior Yi Centas (Two Hawks), who calls her T'on Ma (Water Woman) because he first sees her in the river. However, because of various pressures from her family and from society, Lana marries Liam O'Connell. Liam is a society-bred Army officer whose well-to-do family looks down on Lana and her entire family.
The book is rife with conflicts between settlers and Native Americans, and rich in cultural detail about both military and Kiowa life.
This is the second of Magnolia Belle's books that I have read; suffice it to say that I am now a major fan of her work. Highly recommended for fans of well-researched, character-driven historical fiction.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Nov. 17, 2010 :
I am very impressed by Magnolia Belle’s way with the written word. She weaves a story that is complex. But yet is compelling to the reader in such a simple way. She touches the reader’s heart by giving life like characters and a storyline that crosses the line in a time when the wild frontier was new and every day was a struggle to survive.
The story revolves around Lana Cooper, a young girl in the wilds of Texas. Who finds herself smitten by a young Kiowa warrior. You will certainly find yourself enthralled as you follow her struggle to come to terms with her heart. Though her mind tells her to conform to the wishes of her parents, and to marry a solider in the U.S. army.
Once you read this novel. You will want to pick up more of Magnolia’s work. I for sure am looking forward to her next installment in this series that is sure to be a hit.
Shawn Weaver – Author, Dragon’s Chest
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
Health Colonel Publishing
on March 31, 2010 :
magnificent story about love and two cultures
This is a magnificent story about love and two cultures. T’on Ma takes you on a journey back in history around the time of the Mexican-American War (1846-1848) in Texas where two completely different cultures collide. The story allows you to get lost in time and follow the lives of the Native American tribe Kiowa (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiowa for more info on the Kiowa) and the settlers who lived their. T’on Ma means Water Woman. It is the name a Kiowa brave named Two Hawks gave to a white settler he encountered while bathing in a river. Her real name was Lana Cooper and he fell in love with her. This relationship was full of conflict between two families of different cultures and was an enormous strain. A very worthwhile story with great human value.
(reviewed the day of purchase)