News of the World by Paulette Jiles

A very good historical fiction story. It takes place after the Civil War and Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd has created a job for himself traveling from town to town in Texas reading the news of distant places to folks. While in northern Texas he finds himself charged with returning a 10 year old girl back to her family. She had been held captive by the Kiowa for four years and was recently recovered. This turns out to be a more challenging task than he first thought. The slow journey south finds them not only in different predicaments but getting to know each other.
If you enjoy this story then read Jiles' other excellently researched historical novels " The Color of Lightning", "Enemy Women" and "Stormy Weather", I recommend them all.

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