Journey to Respect by Lyn Cote

Rafe McKuen, the son of an Osage chief’s daughter and a successful American fur trader turned planter, has one foot in each world. Since childhood, he’s visited his mother’s tribal camp near St. Louis. And at his father’s New Orleans Plantation, he’s the “invisible” but beloved son. Where will he make his home–in which world?

Miss Eve Holcombe is an Eastern beauty with influential relatives. Her father’s unexpected and sudden announcement that they are going West startles Eve and worries her. Why, she asks. But her father has a secret and a plan he won’t reveal. He insists she trust him and what other choice does she have? If she stays in the East, her ambitious aunt will try to marry her off to her aunt’s advantage.

Both Rafe and Eve are on a journey, a Journey to Respect. But such journeys are rarely uncomplicated or without dangers. And falling in love is the most dangerous of all.

5.0 out of 5 starsWow! Great Story!
April 24, 2018
Journey to Respect was an absolutely riveting novel! It is the third in a series, however, the story stands alone. I had not yet read books one and two in the series and I still thoroughly enjoyed this story.

The characters, Rafe and Eve, were ones that I instantly bonded with. The author did such a good job of allowing me to understand what was going on in the hearts of these two. There was great romantic tension between Rafe and Eve, along with painful experiences in Rafe’s past that influenced decisions that he made throughout the book.

I was captivated by the various settings in this story. As a reader, I was able to get a well-rounded glimpse into life during this time period. The author guided me through the frontier and what it was like to live and work in an Osage village. There were also glimpses into life in Saint Louis, Philadelphia, and Washington City. I loved seeing the contrasts in the ways Eve was expected to dress and behave. This book tackles some great moral topics with sensitivity and grace.

I loved this story from start to finish and hardly set it down. I fairly zoomed through this book as I could not wait to find out what happened next!