Indian Time
By Nicole Hulst
Aug 7, 2004 - 2:58:00 PM

Easterner Liz Sawyer and her daughter, Cokey, have come to the Southwest to visit her parents and rest after Liz's divorce. Liz is happy to be back at the ranch resort her parents bought once they retired. She renews her acquaintance with Maria Valdez, a childhood friend and also meets her parents' new manager, Clyde Hawkins.

Liz finds herself attracted to Clyde, who is also an up and coming artist, but their differences seem insurmountable. She is still leery of entering a relationship so soon after her divorce and Clyde has already had a disastrous marriage with an Anglo. Added to the mix are Maria's almost obsessive views of Indian culture, especially of Clyde and his artistry. Liz and Clyde realize their mutual attraction, but when Liz shows her uneasiness of Indian culture and she pulls her daughter away from dancers at the Corn Dance, Clyde feels that they can never truly be together.

Liz is obviously very disappointed and when she receives a letter from Clyde to meet him, she goes hoping to reconcile. She never expects the turn of events that have her in a fight for her life.

INDIAN TIME is a surprisingly enthralling novel. I found myself wanting Liz and Clyde to overcome their differences and live happily ever after. Mary Verdick has written a story full of amazingly real people. Even her secondary characters are filled with emotion and vitality. The descriptions of Santa Fe and Indian culture are vivid and captivating. This is an emotionally gripping and heart-warming tale that I feel privileged to have read.

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