A moving YA novel that tells the sad tale of Cynthia Ann Parker, a Texan who was abducted by the Comanche tribe as an nine-year-old in 1836. The Comanches killed her father, mother, uncle and younger siblings in a raid on Fort Parker, and abducted Cynthia and her little brother John as slaves. 25 years later, Cynthia, now Naduah, is happily married to a Comanche chief, Pete Nacoma, and is the mother of of a young daughter, Topsannah, and two fine braves, Quanah and Pecos, when she is recaptured by the Texas Rangers and sent to live with her surviving family.
Naduah's story is told from the dual viewpoints of her own narrative (written in third person), and her cousin Lucy's diary, told in first person. These two women, one a strong chief's wife, gifted in the ways of the Comanche, who seeks nothing more than to escape to rejoin her tribe and (Comanche) family, and the blossoming young cousin, twelve when Naduah first arrives, who is the only one in the family to make an effort to understand Cynthia Ann's experiences with the Comanche as positive. Naduah is constantly scrutinized by the women of the family, moved from household to household as her "heathen, savage" ways and escape attempts become too much to bear.
A touching, melancholy tale based on fact and full of Comanche life and language, Texan frontier culture in the 1800s, along with a commentary on the Civil War, this will appeal to young readers who enjoy historical frontier fiction such as "Little House on the Prairie" and Native American novels such as "Sweetgrass," "Sing Down The Moon," and "Primrose Way." The novel does contain several graphic, violent scenes, so I would not recommend this for younger readers.