The Treasure by Theresa Scott
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Length: Short Story (87 pgs)
Rated: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Snapdragon
Gentle Fawn longs to give her husband a baby, but when yet another child is stillborn, she begs the Great Spirit to give the love in her husband’s heart to a woman who can give him many sons.
Grieving along with his wife, Hawk Catcher overhears Gentle Fawn’s desperate plea and vows to ease the pain in his beloved's heart.
Through the magic of the season, their prayers are answered by two bumbling trappers... and a goat.
Gentle Fawn and her husband Hawk Catcher’s desperate sorrow is that none of their children live. Coincidentally, a Native American child is rescued, somewhat haphazardly, by a couple of mountain men/trappers. As readers, we have some immediate hopes about where all this is headed.
It’s 1825 and far west, mostly in the wilds. Apart from the main characters, people are few and far between. There is the odd trader and wife, the reverend and his wife. They are well done, and very believable – characters make up the heart and soul of ‘The Treasure.’ Some of the dialogue is simply a hoot. At times I am not sure its meant to be...but the trappers make for some entertaining reading. Their discovery of a baby runs parallel to the story of Gentle Fawn rather needing one. It does set up a certain expectation, perhaps even a sense of impatience, in the reader.
The delicate presentation of Gentle Fawn’s emotions contrasts sharply with the sections of the story featuring the coarse mountain men. The story of Gentle Fawn and Hawk Catcher is moving. It’s gentle and heartfelt and so, well, almost poetic. Gentle Fawn loves her husband and, feels that she has failed him. In a heart wrenching scene, the Great Spirit comes to her as a raven, and she asks for ... a certain gift for her husband, a gift that would break his heart. Hawk is utterly admirable. Although he has something of less prominent role than does Fawn, we are left with no doubt about his feelings and his intentions. The lovestory between the two of them is sure and dedicated and simply beautiful.
Overall, the predictability of the storyline really does no favor to the wonderful and delicately written tale of Gentle fawn and Hawk Catcher and I wish the expectations for the outcome had no appeared so evident, at the outset. Despite that, though, I’d recommend reading this for the wonderful descriptions and heart-tugging love story alone.