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Reason to Believe

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Young lovers from starkly different lives and worlds, Clara and Ben Pipestone came together in passion and in tenderness. But their marriage could not endure deception - or the betrayals of a tormented, searching soul. And now, though time and pain have torn them apart, they reunite for the sake of their troubled teenaged daughter - embarking upon a rugged winter journey ...more
Paperback, 375 pages
Published February 1st 1995 by Avon Books
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Beverly Hanson
Feb 21, 2015 Beverly Hanson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great inspiring story.

This was a love story with all the challenges of real life. I chose it because it was set in Bismarck, ND, which is not too far from where I live. I liked reading about the Native American culture, and their interactions with the whites. It was a very believable story, of family, family, faith and forgiveness. I would highly recommend it!
Marianne
Apr 20, 2014 Marianne rated it really liked it
Excellent writing with sensitivity and knowledge about a memorial ride to commemorate the massacre at Wounded Knee. Eagle mastered weaving in the prejudice against Indians still common in the US with the rigors of the ride, and the difficulty of complicated relationships. Well done.
Cc
Aug 10, 2016 Cc rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cheating
Phenomenal.
Tishke
Nov 01, 2016 Tishke rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I hate cheaters and adulterers, but this book is much more than a cheating story. The historic part of the story was memorizing and enlightening. If you are interested in the 1890 Massacre at Wounded knee and slaying of Sitting Bull, and the role of united states government to abolish Native American's religious right that followed, you must read this story. It also brings attention to the discrimination Native Americans as well as biracial couples and children still face today. You rea
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Jessa
Really liked this one. I was on a cheating hero kick when I discovered it (surprise surprise). I believed Ben's character development and that he was truly trying to be (and succeeded in being) a better man, not just for Clara and his daughter, but himself.
Chelley Kitzmiller
Apr 25, 2014 Chelley Kitzmiller rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of Kathleen Eagle for many years; her books have always satisfied my love of deep characterizations and well-crafted story-telling. Reason to Believe is no exception; Ben and Clara Pipestone come out of the pages into my sitting room and make me part of their lives. Clara has been hurt by Ben’s alcoholism and infidelity, but hasn’t divorced him because of their daughter, Anna. After years of living apart, they are brought back together by Anna’s teenage rebelliousness. Hoping ...more
Kate Joekel
Jul 28, 2016 Kate Joekel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More than history, more than just another story.

I have read other books by this author and enjoyed them all. This book however struck a deeper chord with me. The themes of memory, redemption, forgiving and forging new roads, while learning from the past resonated with me deeply.
The characters are Ben Pipestone , a Lakota Sioux, his estranged wife, Clara, their daughter Anna, (Annie to her dad), Ben's father and several relatives and friends. Also, the Hunkpapa Sioux, the massacre at Wounded Knee
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Sheri
Nov 05, 2014 Sheri rated it it was amazing
This is a book that has a lot of layers. Because of the topic--an unfaithful husband--I didn't think I'd like it and it took me a while to like it. I doubted if I could like the husband. Well, I could. Ben is an alcoholic who has been sober for two years. He's estranged from his wife and doubts that can ever be fixed. He loves his wife and his daughter. He's uncertain about his life. Even though he's in his late thirties, he's not sure who he is and what his path is. The book takes us through ...more
rebel
3 1/2 stars. As a romance, it didn't work all that well for me. Eagle has a way with cheesy lines that make me roll my eyes.

But as a tribute to the Chief Big Foot Band Memorial Ride, Native American history, and the issues that Native Americans face today, it was compelling and eye-opening (at least to this white reader). Eagle handles these topics with sensitivity and respect. And she went on the 1990 ride herself, so you know her descriptions of the discomforts and joys of the ride are accurat
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Julie Barrett
Jul 25, 2013 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it
a reason to believe by Kathleen eagle
native American marries a white woman and they have a child together. when the girl is a teenager she starts getting into some serious trouble.
the parents are divorced now so everybody blames it on that.
they agree to go to the big foot/wounded knee memorial ride by horse-2+ day travel and it brings them together again. and Indian ways, things are passed down to the next generation.
Janet
I wanted to read this book for a long time. One-clicked when it became available as an e-book on Amazon. But I am disappointed. I had a problem finishing it, I thought it was rather boring. The only thing that kept me reading was waiting to find out if the OW would make an appearance before the HEA. But, she didn't...
Jeri
Jul 21, 2010 Jeri rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
One of the few books where I, along with the heroine, am able to forgive in believe in a hero who has been unfaithful. (Usually a plot point I just can't past ...) I really believed in these characters.
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Kathleen Eagle published her first book, a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award winner, with Silhouette Books in 1984. Since then she has published more than 40 books, including historical and contemporary, series and single title, earning her nearly every award in the industry. Her books have consistently appeared on regional and national bestseller lists, including the USA Today list ...more
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