West for the Black Hills (Dakota Sunrise Book #1)


Title:  West for the Black Hills (Dakota Sunrise Book #1)

Author:  Peter Leavell

Pages:  350

Year:  2015

Publisher:  Mountainview Books

My rating is 5 stars.

Oh boy, I so cannot wait for the next installment in the Dakota Sunrise series!  I love the western genre anyway and Peter Leavell is a new author to me.  In his novel, he incorporates a whole host of unique people living in Dakota’s small town called Mitchell; this is before Dakota was a state.  The male lead character is an orphaned boy named Philip Anderson.  Philip lost both his parents when their wagon was attacked by robbers.  Sounds simple, right?

Now enter an Indian male named Running Deer who Philip at first thinks is going to kill him, but Running Deer and the braves help Philip in a couple ways.  The female lead is a character named Anna who Philip quickly falls in love with, but when he doesn’t vocalize his heart, Anna is crushed.  Here comes the antagonist named Jacob whose sole ambition is to own the townspeople through bullying, and he has every intent of forcing Anna to become his wife.  Then, life in Mitchell really gets interesting and dangerous!

The interaction between Philip and Running Deer along with other Indians shows the level of care Philip has for all people.  There is mystery written in the story too, which keeps readers turning pages to see which one of the many hints shown to us answers Philip’s questions.  For a first book in a series, the author lays a lot of groundwork, which is very interesting and not boring at all.  Each page turned revealed a new aspect to the story or character that kept ramping up the tension in the book.

Yes, I wanted the romance started between the lead male and female character to work out and I hope the author plans on doing so in the next book.  I really cannot wait to see what new dangers the antagonist will bring to the life of Philip Anderson along with seeing where his search for the answers to his questions leads us readers.

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