Hawks’ Gift is a historical romance set in Canada in the late 1800’s. We first meet Damien Larocque as a boy who witnesses the death of his parents on the same day in 1860. He is Metis a member of one of the aboriginal people of Canada.
In 1881 he is in Winnipeg. Now a grown man he finds himself bidding $1000 to rescue a young lady. Roberta Taylor is a reporter. Head-strong and ambitious she wants to interview Big Bear, a leader of one of the indigenous Indian tribes who is currently refusing to move to a reservation. He’s holed up in Montana and Roberta’s brother pays Damien to take his sister to meet the Indian Chief.
Roberta has a knack for finding trouble and is a source of confusion, contradiction and frustration to Damien. She blows hot and cold and wants answers in a way any reporter does. He’s determined to teach her a lesson as well as make her understand what the White man is doing to the land and it’s people.
This book is a great way to learn about the history of the time from less famous battles between the White man and the Native people and to hear about such events as The Riel Rebellion of 1885 and The Frog Lake Massacre. With it is a feisty romance between two great characters.