About the Book
Book: Legacy of Love
Author: Renae Brumbaugh Green
Genre: Historical Romance
Release date: June 14, 2022
She’s struggled her entire life to overcome her parentage.
Skye Stratton is nearly perfect. Or at least, she tries to be. She carries the Stratton name, but everyone knows her true half-breed heritage. When she completes her education and is hired as a teacher at the local school, she hopes to finally find acceptance in the town. But when most of her class elects to stay home rather than be taught by an Indian, she knows things will never change.
Alan McNaughten went to Washington, D.C. to make a difference. Instead, he finds himself entrenched in political lies, manipulation, and deceit. When he finds a way to return home to Texas as an Indian Agent, he leaps at the chance. Even if he must hurt an innocent woman to secure his position.
But when the lovely Miss Stratton agrees to teach for the Alabama-Coushatta Reservation, Alan knows he’s gone too far. He’ll do anything to protect her from further heartache and harm. But what will happen when she learns the truth about her position…and the truth about him?
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About the Author
Renae Brumbaugh Green is an ECPA Bestselling Author, award-winning humor columnist, and wannabe superhero. She lives in Texas with her handsome, country-boy husband, four nearly-perfect children and one nearly-perfect son-in-law, and far too many animals. When she’s not writing, Renae teaches online classes and tries to be rugged without chipping her nail polish.
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All my life, since I can remember, I’ve been told I’m part Native American. My great-great grandmother on my mother’s side, they said, was full-blooded Comanche. So even though I am blonde and fair (I have glow-in-the-dark skin) I believed them. I told people, and laughed at their sideways looks. I was proud of my heritage.
Then I took one of those Ancestry DNA tests. Nope. Not one drop of Native American in me. According to the test, I’m English, Scottish, Irish, and Swedish. And yes, I am the biological child of my father (very blonde and fair) and my mother (brunette, with high cheekbones). So I guess it’s just the way the genetic dominoes fell. When I got my mom’s half, I apparently didn’t get the Native American part.
I’m not sure how the science of DNA works, but I will tell you I feel extremely connected to Skye, the heroine of Legacy of Love. She’s a perfectionist. I’m a perfectionist. She thinks she has to perform to be accepted. I do, too. Though she’s always been loved, she struggles to fit in, to feel like she’s really a part of things. Ditto.
Skye’s journey is both difficult and beautiful. It helps that there’s a dreamy beaux (or three!) along the way. But in all the hardship and heartache, she finds herself. And she finds that she’s enough, exactly as she is. Most importantly, she finds a relationship with the One who created her and loved her before time began.
I hope you enjoy Skye’s journey in book two of The Stratton Legacy series. If you haven’t read book one, I encourage you to do so—you’ll meet Skye as a child. More than anything, I hope you’ll glean some beautiful truths along the way.
You are precious.
You are loved.
You are enough.
I love that the setting is in Texas and I am very familiar with the towns the author references. Lampasas is a place that I have traveled to over the last several years and I fell in love with the small town atmosphere and friendly people. As the author takes us on to another town in Texas I was impressed with the details that had me imagining myself riding beside Skye.
This story is very special to me because it talks about being different from others by your nationality. Like Skye I a am part Native American. My great granddad was full blooded Comanche as well as my great grandmother. I have embraced that knowledge and understand the trials Skye went through as being of mixed race. She has always felt like she wasn’t accepted by the town she lives in even though her adopted parents adore her. I wasn’t surprised about her decision and was anxious to see what God has in store for her. She encounters a group of men on the train that led to quite an adventure. It made me think of the old western movies my dad use to watch every Saturday.
Alan has such a big heart and I like how he is always talking to God to help him make good choices. Even though he is able to convince Skye to be a teacher at a reservation he is not sure he did it in good faith. I admired his determination to watch over Skye as she settles into the reservation as a teacher. When Skye meets his parents you can sense that she is aware that he is someone she hopefully can learn to trust.
The author does an amazing job of letting us see what it may have been like for Skye as she embraced living on the reservation. Her desire to be accepted is foremost on her mind. After a secret is revealed, she makes a hasty decision that could change her live in many ways. Being part of the powwow is exciting and helps her to feel a little bit at ease in her new surroundings. Throughout her journey Skye comes to realize that “As long as you are accepted by God, that’s all that matters.” There is a beautiful moment in the story where Skye has an emotional talk with God. Oh how this blessed me to see her understand that she is beautiful in His eyes.
I loved this story so much and found it to be filled with faith and a valuable lesson on acceptance and forgiveness. It brought me fond memories of my great grandfather and the stories he shared with me. He also endured prejudice but always told me that I needed to “be happy with who I was and remember that I was special in God’s eyes.”
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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This sounds like a really great book and my kind of read.ReplyDelete
Great review! The book sounds goodReplyDelete
I look forward to a well-written historical romance that gives us a window into the difficulties of Native Americans during the time setting.ReplyDelete
Legacy of Love sounds like an excellent read for me, thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks, Texas Book-aholic, for sharing your review! Have a marvelous weekend!ReplyDelete
Sounds like a great bookReplyDelete