Joan Johnston's, "No Longer A Stranger" is a tale of adventure, danger and romance. It takes place in the Rocky Mountains, just post civil-war time. "Reb" is a young woman who is fearless. Born to a Mountain man's family, she was no stranger to the wilderness and was an expert with a rifle. Dressed in dirty buckskins,with short cropped hair, she passed as a boy, which is just what "Kincaid", the injured(but very handsome) man she rescued and nursed back to health in a remote mountain cabin, thought.He called 'the boy' "Rebel", which fit her to a tea, not knowing he was really being cared for by "Rebecca", and under those dirty old buckskins, a beautiful young woman was falling in love with him.Kincaid also has secrets.He was on a mission for the government and had plans he dare not let on about to this young Rebel who held his life in his hands.
When finally the truth about each other is revealed, they realize they are overcome with the feelings they have for each other. But...Kincaid cannot bear to have a woman who lives such a life of danger(having lost his first wife tragically), and Reb could never leave her beautiful Mountain home for a "mindless Yankee tenderfoot". The dangerous and torturous situations they face together on their travels home may have them realizing they cannot live without each other.
If you have read others of Miss Johnston's adventure/romance novels, you will recognize her definitive style of having the hero and heroine at odds with each other from the start. But what's nice and always different is the personalities of the main characters. In this case, she adds some humor to the mix, as the Reb and Kinciad are constantly bickering like children, and they will make you chuckle with their antics.All though Reb seems young at 17 to us, considering the time and place, she was probably considered a grown woman. .
If this is your first Joan Johnston book, beware..you will get hooked! I especially love the stories that take place in the frontier time of history. The added danger and tension and the Western adventure of the time era she adds,makes for a gripping story.And of course, she has quite a knack for the romance side of the story as well, that gets a little steamy on occasion. Miss Johnston always has a couple of other substories intertwined, concerning the family history(sometimes a bit predictable), and often those stories will show up as another book.
I would also recommend the "Sisters of the Lone Star" trilogy starting with Frontier Woman, then "Comanche Woman" followed by "Texas Woman"(my personal favorite)for those that enjoy Western adventure/romance.
Happy Trails and enjoy the read....Laurie