The Last Apache Girl by Jim Fergus

ISBN 978-0-330-44585-6

Set in the 1930’s Ned Giles, an aspirant photographer from the North, joins an expedition to track down a young Mexican boy, taken by Apache. Ned meets a young Apache girl who survived her family’s massacre by scalp hunters. The Mexican government paid for Apache scalps at the time.

My grandfather travelled in the “wild west” in the first decades of the 20th century crossing the country under trains and dragging bodies out of bars. This historical romance certainly rings true, including the social attitudes and lawlessness of the time concurring with his stories.

Although my description makes the book sound very violent, it is not. It’s an easy-to-read, historically fascinating romance, and well worth a read.

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