By Madeline Baker
4 early American vacation romances comprise "Loving Devlin" through Madeline Baker, "The Fourth present" by means of Elizabeth Chadwick, "Christmas shock" through Norah Hess, and "Christmas megastar" by way of Connie Mason. Reissue.
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At any other time, she might have admired Page 21 their riding skill, but all she felt now was a mindnumbing despair. She wept as she saw the first bright tongues of flame lick at the walls of the house. Her house. She'd been so happy there these past four years. She thought of the cradle Devlin had made for their baby, of the shirt she had been making for Danny, of the china she had brought with her from back east. Gone now, all gone. She sent a last look at her home as the Indians rode away, grateful that Danny and Devlin would be spared the horrible fate that awaited her.
He had the same quiet strength, the same air of self-assurance. She knew, without doubt, that, like Devlin, Esatai would protect her with his life. Later, after he'd fallen asleep, she stared up at the narrow strip of sky visible through the smoke hole, fervently praying for a miracle. In the days that followed, Sarah learned more than she'd ever wanted to know about Indian life. She had always thought the Indians were uncivilized, heartless savages, so she was surprised to learn that children were prized and loved, and that they were never physically punished.
The barn was on fire; the house was almost gone. He pulled back on the reins, his feet hitting the ground at a run before the animal had come to a halt. ''Sarah! " He hollered her name as he circled the house, unable to get too close for the heat of the flames. " He heard Danny's voice, and then the boy was there beside him. " Devlin drew a deep breath, held it a long moment before releasing it in a heavy sigh. " Moving cautiously now, Devlin circled the house, looking for tracks. He knew a moment of gut-wrenching relief when he saw Sarah's tracks, her hard-soled shoes easy to identify amidst the sea of moccasin prints.
A Wilderness Christmas by Madeline Baker