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Dancing Moon

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  40 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
A full length historical romance from six-time RITA winner Barbara Samuel. Fans of Madeline Baker and Linda Lael Miller will love this tale of the untamed west.


When Tess fled from her husband's cruelty, her only desire was to live in peace. Then she found herself intrigued by the Santa Fe trail and the laughing eyes of the exotic Joaquin Morales.

Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published (first published September 1996)
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Mary B.
I wanted to like this book much more than I did. First let me say that Barbara Samuel is one of my favorite romance authors. This was a good story. Characters were well-developed and likeable, the scenes were well-written and descriptive. The plot sounded so promising - an Irish immigrant heroine running away from her slave overseer husband meets up with a half-Mexican half-Cheyenne hero on the trail who rescues her and her runaway slave friend. Together they travel to Taos, all the while the he ...more
May 10, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another winning book from this author. This one was set in 1844, in the time of slavery and fights between Indians and the White usurpers. Tess is on the run from her husband, along with Sonia, a slave. Her husband, a plantation overseer, has brutalized the slaves one too many times, and Tess stepped in to stop him. So, he used the whip on her. Now the 2 women are fleeing to Pueblo, with Seamus searching for them. They are aided by 3 men on their journey after they narrowly avoid being scalped. ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
2.5/5; 3 stars; B-

I saw this book on Smashwords and bought it based on the fact that I've really enjoyed other books by this author. I think the story was something she wrote about 15 years ago and that would be consistent with the slightly rough and unfinished feel to the work.

The story was a solid western romantic adventure. I enjoyed the various characters in the book and the story itself was fairly interesting. There were a lot of typos and other editing oversights in the book which were a
May 27, 2012 Jules rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED THIS BOOK. I like my heros beta and my heroines capable and kind, so this book captured me in a big way.
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Barbara Samuel is a multiple RITA award-winning author with more than 38 books to her credit in a variety of genres. She has written historical and contemporary romances, a number of fantasy novellas with the likes of Susan Wiggs, Jo Beverley and Mary Jo Putney. She now writes women’s fiction about families, dogs, and food as Barbara O’Neal.

Her work has captured a plethora of awards, including six
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