In the spring of 1739, Gabriella Deza stands poised on the verge of womanhood. A product of her guarded upbringing, she is naive in the ways of love until dashing Manuel Enriques declares his love for her. By accident, Gabriella uncovers the plot of British spy. Manuel embarks on a dangerous mission save the town from being overthrown by the British. Unfortunately, Gabriella herself is caught in the trap and kidnapped.
Norm Brown, author of Carpet Ride, says: Indian Summer by Dellani Oakes is the first historical romance novel I’ve ever read. In fact, it’s the only romance novel of any kind I’ve ever read. That being said, I enjoyed reading it. The story is set in an interesting period in early colonial Florida. I think Oakes did a particularly good job of subtly capturing the more formal way people spoke and acted at the time, without getting caught up in using a lot of distracting dialect in the dialogue. As far as the romance side of things, I’ll just say that Gabriella, the protagonist, was one popular young lady!
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See also: Pat Bertram introduces Gabriella Deza, from “Indian Summer” written by Dellani Oakes.