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Golden Heart Finalist


The French and Indian War, a Shawnee warrior, an English lady, blood vengeance, deadly pursuit, primal, powerful, passionate...


An Adventurous Colonial Native American
Romance Novel

Through The Fire

"Through the Fire is full of interesting characters, beautifully described scenery, and vivid action sequences. It is a must read for any fan of historical romance." ~Poinsettia, Long and Short Reviews

Will love inflame these two natural-born enemies in fiery destruction?

At the height of the French and Indian War, a young English widow ventures into the colonial frontier in search of a fresh start. She never expects to find it in the arms of the half-Shawnee, half-French warrior who makes her his prisoner in the raging battle to possess a continent––or to be aided by a mysterious white wolf and a holy man.


Shoka Through the FireShoka held out the cup. “Drink this.”

Did he mean to help her? Rebecca had heard hideous stories of warriors’ brutality, but also occasionally of their mercy. She tried to sit, moaning at the effect this movement had on her aching body. She sank back down.

He slid a corded arm beneath her shoulders and gently raised her head. Encouraged by his unexpected aid, she sipped, grimacing at the bitterness. The vile taste permeated her mouth. Weren’t deadly herbs acrid?

Dear Lord. Had he tricked her into downing a fatal brew? She eyed him accusingly. “’Tis poison.”

He arched one black brow. “No. It’s good medicine. Will make your pain less.”

Unconvinced, she clamped her mouth together.

“I will drink. See?” he said, and took a swallow.

She parted her lips just wide enough to argue. “It may take more than a mouthful to kill.”

He regarded her through narrowing eyes. “You dare much.”

Though she knew he felt her tremble, she met his piercing gaze. If he were testing her, she wouldn’t waver.

His sharp expression softened. “Yet you have courage.”

Novel Notes

When I wrote my historical romance novel Through the Fire I felt as though I’d been through the flames. My hero and heroine certainly had. This adventure romance with a strong Last of the Mohicans flavor and a mystical weave was born in the fertile ground of my imagination, fed by years of research and a powerful draw to my colonial roots.

My fascination with stirring tales of the colonial frontier and Eastern Woodland Indians is an early and abiding one. My English/Scot-Irish ancestors were among the first settlers of the Shenandoah Valley and had family members killed and captured by the Indians. Some individuals returned and left intriguing accounts of their captivity, while others disappeared without a trace. On the Houston/Rowland side of the family, I have ties to Governor Sam Houston, President James Madison and Malcolm 1st of Scotland (that last one’s a stretch).

Family annals list early names like Beale, Jordan, Madison, and Hite (a German connection I discovered). A brief account of my grandmother (six times removed) Elizabeth Hite, says her sister Eleanor was taken captive and sister Susan killed, though not by which tribe. Their brother Jacob was killed by the Cherokee.

Mountains Through the FireAnother ancestor, Mary Moore, is the subject of a book entitled The Captives of Abb’s Valley. A Moffett forebear captured as a child became a boyhood companion of the revered Shawnee Chief Tecumseh. When young Moffett grew up, he married into the tribe and had a son, but that’s the subject of a different novel. A Pennsylvanian ancestor on the Churchman side of the family was invited by the Shawnee/Delaware to help negotiate a treaty with the English because he was Quaker and they were more sympathetic to the plight of the Indians.

Many accounts are left unrecorded, though. Historian Joseph Waddell says we know only a fraction of the drama that occurred during the Indian Wars. I invite you back to a time long forgotten by most.


Reviewer: Sheila
Heat Level:   m/f


Set in Virginia during the French and Indian War, Beth Trissel’s Through the Fire tells the story of Rebecca Elliott and her sister Kate as they travel to live with their uncle on the frontier. Attacked and kidnapped by Shawnee Indians, Rebecca must deal with her misconceptions and deep personal tragedy while falling in love with Shawnee warrior, Shoka. As Rebecca loses her heart to Shoka, she sees the differences in the English and Shawnee societies and changes her thoughts of who are the barbarians.  

Ms. Trissel has captured the time period wonderfully. As Rebecca and Kate travel in the wilderness, though beautiful, many dangers lurk for the unsuspecting sisters. Away from the gentility they grew up around, the people they meet as they travel to their uncle in the wilderness are rougher and more focused on survival regardless of which side they belong. I love historical novels because they take me to times and places that I cannot visit and Through the Fire is no different. As I read I am transported back to the mid-1700’s on the American frontier as Britain and France maneuver to control the American continent. I can see how each side feels they are right and the other side the aggressor. I watch how the natives take sides based on promises made but not kept. I felt I was there through Ms. Trissel’s descriptions and settings.  

The plot begins with the attack on the group of soldiers as Rebecca and Kate travel to be with their uncle. Rebecca is kidnapped and fights but, as in all good love stories, loses her heart to the warrior who captured her. We see how the war affects all aspects of their lives. This is certainly not the time for an English woman to love a Shawnee warrior and vice versa. I enjoy seeing how Rebecca’s beliefs are challenged and she learns that what she has been told is not the whole story.  

Rebecca and Shoka are so believable as lovers. Shoka is calm but can be roused by Rebecca’s stubbornness. They are well matched as they challenge each other, teach each other, and learn from each other. This is not a boring relationship by any means! I enjoyed the secondary characters from the French Captain Renault to Shoka’s cousin Meshewa. The Shawnee fight on the French side of the war. It’s refreshing not to have the novel from the English point of view but to see the conflict from the eyes of the eventual losers of this war and to see the villains as those who we’ve been brought up to see as the “good guys”. 

This is an excellent story where there is so much happening with Rebecca in the center of it all. I’m glad I read it and look forward to reading more of Beth Trissel.

Reviewer Graphic ButtonEnglish widow Rebecca Elliot and her sister Kate are on their way to meet their uncle at Fort Warden. Their group is ambushed by warriors lying in wait. Some of the soldiers escorting the sisters are massacred and some are captured. Kate escapes into the woods, but Rebecca is taken prisoner. The Shawnee warrior who takes Rebecca promises she will not be harmed. Yet, how can she believe him after what she has just witnessed?

Shoka admires Becca’s spunk, nevertheless, he knows it may be her undoing. The best way to protect her is to keep her close by his side. That is, if he can manage to stop her from trying to escape. Shoka makes the mistake of telling Becca that he plans to sell her to a Frenchman in order to buy a rifle for himself. Becca pleads with him to change his mind. She thinks life with the Shawnee is preferable to living with a Frenchman. Becca has no clue as to how tough it is to survive in the wilds of 1700’s Virginia. The tension between the tribes and the ongoing French and Indian war are just a few of the things that Becca must deal with while keeping herself alive.

Shoka helps Becca search for her lost sister. During this time Becca begins to get to know Shoka and feelings begin to develop between them. Will love have a chance amongst the many obstacles standing in the way?

Through the Fire is my first read by Beth Trissel. I am impressed by the depth and quality of description which enhances the story without leaving the reader drowning in the details. Strong characters lead this adventure set during a time in America’s troubled youth. The reader cannot help but cheer on the budding relationship between Shoka and Rebecca.

Through the Fire is a well-crafted historical love story whose telling makes the reader feel as if she has been transported back in time. The secondary cast of characters adds to the experience courtesy of Beth Trissel.

Reviewed in July 2009 by Rho.

Rating: You Need To Read
Reviewer: Laura, You Gotta Read Reviews
Rebecca Elliot, although widowed and in a new country, is brave and determined. Her encounter with Shoka, a Shawnee warrior, has caused her to fall in love. The storyline of Through the Fire is well-written and uncommonly descriptive. It is obvious Ms. Trissel took great time and effort to research Indian beliefs and their way of life. I enjoyed reading about how they prepared for battle and their choice and use of weapons. I read with bated breath every time Rebecca let her temper and stubborness get the best of her. I love the interaction between her and all the other characters in the book. The tension between the Shawnee and the Catawba tribes is palpable. The author writes with great passion and emotion. I know anyone who buys this book will take great pleasure in it.

5.0 out of 5 stars Please, May I Have Some More?, June 15, 2009 By Donna C. Goode (Limestone, TN United States) - See all my reviews

The following is a copy of a letter I sent to Beth this morning...

"Hi, Beth!
I just finished Through the Fire late last night. What can I say...? It is a magnificent story. I think I can tell you that Enemy of the King is my favorite of your stories because of the topic that draws me in every time. Nevertheless, I want you to know that I can't tell you how much I enjoyed Through The Fire. I love being able to walk silently by Shoka's side through ancient oceans of trees, birds twittering, senses alert for hidden dangers... Good Grief! I love your descriptions and simply become lost in them. I tried reading at work yesterday and was jolted nearly out of my chair when the phone rang beside me!

There are stories about me from my childhood that I'm still teased about by my (now) elderly father. One time I read through the house burning! No was a chimney fire in one of the fireplaces of the house I grew up in (in Albuquerque, NM). I happened to notice flashing red lights cast across my bedroom wall and glanced out the window. Fire trucks surrounded the front of our yard and firemen ran back and forth with hoses. I ran out of my bedroom and yelled that fire trucks were in front of the house and firemen with hoses were outside. My mother looked at me with total exasperation written across her face and asked me if I'd only just noticed. Yup! The fire was out and they were outside just wrapping things up! On another night my father had obviously been calling me for awhile and finally got tired of receiving no response. The first time I became aware of anything was when I jumped out of my chair when Dad pounded on my door demanding that I unlock it. When I did I looked up into my dad's furious face and then he went out and brought back tools and removed my door handle so I couldn't lock it again--a lock I didn't get back for several months! It was the worst of punishments--I have four younger brothers! Pests the lot of them!!! can only imagine how much I love books that draw me in and immediately I find myself lost inside...

I hope your day is marvelous!"

I feel like Oliver Twist: "Please, may I have some more?"

5.0 out of 5 stars Beth Trissel's best yet!!!

ByBeth Liveringhouse - See all my reviews

Through the Fire is a fast paced, whirlwind journey that follows Englishwoman Rebecca Elliot and her sister as they travel into the wild Allegheny Mountains of Western Virginia.

After they are separated by an Indian attack, Rebecca finds herself at the mercy of Shoka, a Shawnee warrior.

Shoka is determined not to let this feisty blond with eyes the color of the sky get under his skin. He has been hurt before and intents to unload the stubborn woman the first chance he gets.

Rebecca is just as determined to get away from the savages and find her sister. She is unfortunately ill prepared for the harsh life in the wilderness and soon realizes her best bet is to stay with Shoka. However her sharp tongue and fiery temper continue to get her into trouble with the warrior and his men.

Like all great romances, Shoka and Rebecca are hopelessly drawn to each other. Together they make their way towards Fort Warden where Rebecca believes her sister has fled.

The journey is difficult and Shoka knows that once they reach the fort he will have to let Rebecca go. Will she return to him? Will her uncle, who defends the fort, force her to stay with him and her people or will an old enemy steal her away?

Through the Fire is a fantastic story that takes you through a young untamed America, when the forests where lush and vast. Beth Trissel's attention to detail allows her to describe it all in such vivid clarity that you will find yourself breathing in the fragrant flowers, gasping at the cold water and marveling at the beauty of the Alleghenies. The battle scenes are intense and heart wrenchingly realistic. The Native American and French languages she weaves into the dialogue only enhances this already rich, vibrant story.

The secondary characters are well written and hint to stories of their own.
You will not want this book to end. It grabs you from the first sentence and doesn't let you go until the last.
Be sure to check out Beth's other three books: Somewhere my Love, Enemy of the King and Daughter of the Wind.


I just finished Beth Trissel's Through The Fire and it was fantastic! Could not put it down. I highly recommend this book and Beth's other titles; she does not let her readers down in any of her works.

Through The Fire is a wonderful love story with terrific characters. My husband and I love riding our motorcycle up and around the Blue Ridge. I have always tried to picture the area through the eyes of the first travelers there, especially the Indians. Ms. Trissel has really captured the essence of that time in history. I compare Through The Fire with Last of the Mohicans. The strength of the characters is evident in her writing.

Thank you again for presenting your readers with a beautiful history lesson.
Be sure and check out Beth Trissel other works and share them with your friends--you will not regret it.
~ Debbie Tsikuris

Through The Fire by Beth Trissel
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, American Rose
Genre: Historical, Action/Adventure
Length: Full Length (340 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Review by Poinsettia, Long and Short Reviews

At the height of the French and Indian War, a young English widow ventures into the colonial frontier in search of a fresh start. She never expects to find it in the arms of the half-Shawnee, half-French warrior who makes her his prisoner in the raging battle to possess a continent––or to be aided by a mysterious white wolf and a holy man.

Rebecca was seeking a new life on the colonial frontier. She never expected to be taken captive by Shawnee warriors, or to fall in love with one of them.

Rebecca Elliot has had a rough life to say the least. She fled England and married a man in the colonies in order to free herself from her abusive father, who was trying to force her to marry someone against her will. Unfortunately, her husband, a British soldier, was killed during the French and Indian War. Rebecca decides to take her younger sister, Kate, out to the colonial frontier where she hopes they can stay with some family. However, her escort of British soldiers is attacked by a band of Shawnee warriors, who are allied with the French.

Kate manages to escape, but Rebecca is taken captive by a warrior named Shoka. At first, Rebecca fears that she will be killed, but Shoka treats her with kindness. Although Shoka originally intends to sell Rebecca to a Frenchman, it soon becomes apparent that the chemistry between he and Rebecca is too strong to ignore. Before they know it, they’ve fallen in love, but the path before them will not be an easy one. The French and Indian War is raging all around them, and Rebecca’s sister is still missing. To make matters worse, Shoka is being pursued by a Catawba warrior named Tonkawa who is bent on killing Shoka. If Tonkawa can’t kill Shoka, he just might settle for taking Rebecca instead.

As a heroine, Rebecca is extremely tough. Her life in England was spent shielding her younger sister from their abusive father, and Rebecca has the scars on her back to prove it. While the abuse Rebecca suffered could have broken her, instead, Rebecca developed into a strong young woman who is protective not only of her sister, but also of the people she cares about. Although Rebecca’s strength is certainly admirable, she can also be tremendously stubborn, which gets her into more then one scrape throughout the story that could have been avoided if she’d listened to those around her.

Shoka is a scarred hero. He doesn’t trust his immediate attraction to Rebecca because his first wife had many affairs and eventually left him. This has left him distrustful of women, especially very beautiful women. Even though he tries to fight it, Shoka finds himself falling in love with her, much to the dismay of his brother and some of the other members of the tribe. Despite their disapproval, Shoka is determined to protect the woman he loves no matter what.

I had previously admired Ms. Trissel’s use of descriptive language in one of her other works, and that is one of the reason’s I chose to read Through the Fire. I was very pleased to discover that this story contained the same strong imagery. “Shafts of late-day sunlight streamed through breaks in the thickly clustered trees to touch the nodding heads of columbine and rosy mountain laurel. The woods were like a garden long ago abandoned.” As I read this passage, I felt as though I were riding through the woods alongside Rebecca. “Wounded men writhed in the crushed grass, their piteous cries in her ears, while the dead lay where they’d fallen. Crimson stains pooled beneath them.” This brief passage describes one of the many action-packed battle scenes that really pulled me into the story so that I could see and hear the fighting around me.

Through the Fire is full of interesting characters, beautifully described scenery, and vivid action sequences. It is a must read for any fan of historical romance.