Picks and Pans Review: The Pride of Hannah Wade
by Janet Dailey
What happens when a beautiful pioneer woman is captured by Apaches, made into a slave/squaw, rescued by the U.S. Cavalry and returned to a fort in New Mexico Territory? In Dailey's new Wild West tale, her thirteenth novel, Hannah Wade gets a decidedly unfriendly homecoming. Her husband, in fact, wishes she'd killed herself before wickiupping-up with a brave, and the officers' wives treat her "like a dirty piece of candy." Luckily, handsome Captain Jake Cutter has a none-too-fastidious sweet tooth. The plot moves toward an end easily guessed from the start, with characters who are outlines rather than people. But Dailey didn't get to be the top-selling romance novelist in the U.S. by muddying things up with subtlety and character development. Anyway, who else offers readers a primer in elementary Apache these days? (Pocket Books, paper, $6.95)
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