Pelt of the Red Fox

by R.L. Adare

Book Cover: Pelt of the Red Fox
Part of the Two Blankets series:

Kidnapped by the Chinook on the great Columbia River in the 1850s, a young Nez Perce girl has finally earned a place in the tribe’s society, as well as a name—Two Blankets. After the Chinook are forcibly removed to a reservation, though, Two Blankets faces a new struggle: finding a place for herself in the rough and rowdy, all-white community that has replaced them at Johnton’s Landing. Acceptance is relatively simple. Keeping herself in the good graces of her husband, the Landing’s headman, Marshall Johnston? That is a different matter entirely.

To help ease her loneliness and solidify her position with her infertile husband, Two Blankets follows her former tribe and becomes pregnant by her one-time lover, the Chinook warrior Standing Bear. She must convince the suspicious and narcissistic Johnston that the child is his, and then maintain that belief at all costs. It’s no easy task, but Two Blankets is no ordinary girl. Using her courage and intelligence—and a little help from her spirit animals, Gray Wolf and White Mouse—she becomes a force to be reckoned with, both on the Landing and beyond.

Well-written and exhaustively researched, R.L. Adare’s final entry in the Two Blankets Trilogy is a gritty and personal portrayal of life on the Western frontier that will keep you turning pages until the very end.

About the Author

R. L. Adare has been writing since he was a teenager. Taking a major in linguistics at university, his interest in anthropology and language development has frequently played a part in his writing. While studying linguistics he also took a minor in German, so he could read Hesse in the original as well as obtain a teaching credential. He has taught for ten years and been an accountant for thirty-five. Along the way, he and his wife owned a kite shop on the Oregon coast for ten years and lived on a thirty-six-foot sailboat for ten years, which they sailed down the coast from Seattle to Monterey. Among his favorite thousand authors are Zane Grey, Herman Hesse, D. H. Lawrence, C. J. Cherryh, Lawrence Durrell, Ursula Le Guin, Anne McCaffrey, Kurt Vonnegut, Jacqueline Cleary, and Diana Gabaldon. He has been published in Wings, Pass the Hemlock, The Whale Song Quarterly, Ariel Chart, The Wyrd, Saddlebag Dispatches and Cobra Lily. He lives with his wife of 35 years and their manx cat, Pixie, in Southwestern Oregon.

Nobody writes the West as beautifully as Zane Grey, but Adare comes pretty damn close. -- DUSTY RICHARDS, Bestselling Western Author

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