THE MAPLE MOON by Patrick Raymond


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A subdued romance from the author of the well-received Daniel and Esther (1990). The summer before college, Cassie travels from England to the Canadian woods, where she meets her father for the first time and also falls in love with Brent, a brooding, full-blooded Huron. There's little plot here, but Raymond adds some mild tension by giving the characters choices to make: as Cassie's father clumsily pushes her toward Don McFall, the shallow (but well-meaning) scion of a wealthy industrialist, Brent and his sister Lira must decide whether to follow their hearts and leave the reservation or to settle down with Native American spouses chosen by their parents. Despite an occasional passionate outburst (""I know you're not savages,"" Cassie says. ""I won't let my father decide what I do"") and some quiet weeping (Brent, especially, is prone to this), the tone is generally serene and reflective. By summer's end, Cassie and Brent realize that they love the forest too much to leave it for good, so they depart to their respective universities in good spirits, knowing that they'll be reunited in time.

Pub Date: Jan. 15th, 1992
Page count: 107pp
Publisher: Hutchinson--dist. by Trafalgar