Elise Laffont is a widow on the French frontier not far from New Orleans, happily running her farm without the help of any man when trouble comes to the Frontier. In Fierce Eden by Jennifer Blake, Elise has learned not to trust men at the hands of her abusive husband and has earned the reputation of the Ice Widow, unable to thaw for anyone.
Reynaud Chavalier is a man torn between two worlds, the son of a French Comte and a Natchez Queen, Reynaud doesn’t fit in either world. When trouble brews and threatens to spill over between the French settlers and the Natchez tribes, Reynaud feels it is his duty to warn the settlers. It is there he meets Elise Laffont and decides right then and there that he must have the elusive widow for his own.
I have to admit that Fierce Eden has been in my to-be-read pile for about two years now (which is not that unusual when you are a bibliophile like myself, my current TBR piles has at least 60 books in it), I was looking for something different from what I have been reading lately and decided a novel set in the French Frontier would definitely be that. I devoured Fierce Eden! Blake’s character descriptions, attention to detail and historically intriguing plot line had me unable to put to Fierce Eden down. So why the four-star rating you wonder?! Well, Elise suffered at the hands of her abusive husband, being beaten and raped throughout most of her marriage, it took the patience and love of Reynaud to help her move past this. I just felt that once they reached a certain point in their relationship the descriptive sex scenes were distracting from the story. Ya, ya, ya, I get that she got over her fear of men and learned to love Reynaud’s touch, but I really wanted to know what was going to happen next in the story, was Elise going to survive the massacre, would she adjust to living with the tribe, would the tribe surivie? All of this is what was running through my mind and I found myself skipping pages to get to the main story line. That being said, Blake’s descriptions of living with the Natchez tribe, the conflict between the two worlds and the battle were absolutely gripping and I enjoyed Fierce Eden thoroughly.
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Title: Fierce Eden
Author: Jennifer Blake
Format: Paperback, eBook
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: Originally released 1985, re-released 2011
Available for purchase: Amazon
**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.