Across the Sweet Grass Hills

2002 WILLA Award Winner!

Will Red Eagle and Liza find the love they’ve been waiting for?

Liza Ralston has had more adventure in her life than she ever wanted. Leaving her settled existence with friends and family in St. Louis to travel to the Big Sky country of wild Montana with her father, she soon wishes she could turn the clock back.

When their scout is murdered and her father is severely wounded by thieves, the Pikuni tribe led by Crying Wind takes them in. But Liza wants nothing more than to return to St. Louis, despite her growing attraction for Red Eagle, the handsome son of a white trapper and Blackfeet mother. Red Eagle has tried to help Liza and her father, but Liza has a mind of her own. She doesn’t understand that the refined ways of civilized society in St. Louis have not yet reached the untamed land she is traveling now with her missionary father—a man who has secrets of his own that he is unwilling to share. She is left with no choice but to accept the help of Red Eagle’s tribe to save the life of her father. But the events leading up to Baker’s Massacre of 1870 force her to discover a new path for herself—a path leading to love, redemption…and revenge.

Will Red Eagle and Liza find the love they’ve been waiting for? Beauty, treachery and danger lie ACROSS THE SWEET GRASS HILLS.

ACROSS THE SWEET GRASS HILLS won the 2002 WILLA Literary Award for Best Softcover Fiction, by Women Writing the West. It also placed as a quarter-finalist in the 2000 Chesterfield Film Project.

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; II edition (December 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 149448174X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1494481742
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces

  • A Compelling StoryA Compelling StoryRising Star Reviews

    First, I love the title of this novel. The story is at once bitter and sweet; cruel and compassionate; and heart-breaking and heart-warming.
    Liza Ralston is a brave young woman, even thought she is completely out of her element. The chance meeting with Red Eagle saves her father's life, but it sets her mind and heart into turmoil. She learns how to survive and cope in the wild on her own while she cares for her father, willing him to live.

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  • Really enjoyed this book. I am running out of American Indian books! I was very happy with this one . A+

  • This is a story that is almost impossible to put down. The characters are intriguing . The writer makes the story seem very real. I highly recommend this.

  • I really enjoyed this book. It is good to see that the soldiers were the really bad people who tried to wipe out an innocent people! Too often it is the Indians who are blamed! They only wanted peace, but the white man with his greed prevented that. I would have liked the story to have gone on longer showing Red Eagle and Liza finally getting married and settling down with Bull Child and some of their own.

  • A Great Native American Perspective of The Struggles Ahead.A Great Native American Perspective of The Struggles Ahead.Gene via Amazon

    Gail Jenner is a person who can tell a good story in person or in a book! I had the privileged of being stranded with this author at the Dallas Air port, coming out of Nashville. My son Geno LeSage and I were about a showcase for a young artist in Nashville. My son was a producer at that time. Gail had just visited her son also connected to music in Nashville.

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