Beauty for Ashes
This second book in the Rendezvous series by Spur Award-winning author Win Blevins (Stone Song and So Wild a Dream) continues the story of Sam Morgan, a young man fighting other people’s expectations to embrace the lure of the American West of the 1820s. Now a full fledged mountain man, Sam’s curiosity about people has helped him forge friendships in the Rocky Mountains. Embracing the culture of a Crow woman named Meadowlark, he and three friends enter her village ready to display his honor. Tragedy strikes in the aftermath of a deadly raid, leaving Sam destitute and trapped. He must learn to tap into the deepest wells of courage to free and find himself.
Win Blevins taps into the Western in new, stunning and lyrical ways. He turns stereotypes on their heads as he finds new heroes. By following his adventurers in the fur trade, he rediscovers the American myth in ways more complex, fully human and gloriously fresh. Highly recommended.