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A New York Times Bestselling Author from the Midwest, Susan was recently writing under the pen name CC Gibbs for her billionaire erotica series. Johnson. Forbidden (Braddock Black, book 3) by Susan Johnson - book cover, description, publication history. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Susan Johnson, award-winning author of nationally bestselling novels, lives in the country near North Branch, Minnesota.

I don't get Blaze's desirability, she's loud, irrational, overly possessive and irritatingly immature. Hazard is just slightly better. This style of writing falls under the old school of thought where the author is not happy till the lead pair goes through enormously difficult conditions and are a It's really really boring. This style of writing falls under the old school of thought where the author is not happy till the lead pair goes through enormously difficult conditions and are always ready to think the worst of each other.

I couldn't even finish the book and have up before the last twist could be unraveled. Jan 09, Varied Books rated it really liked it. Glad I had my knitting to hand as I could read a page then knit - such a roller coaster of a tale that my heart leapt and sank by turns and I needed some distraction while the story made up its mind which way to jump.

At its most basic, it's a love story but it's also shot through with sadness as 'progress' and its corruption threaten an older way of life. There's murder and mayhem aplenty but also honour and courage offset the move violent parts. The characters are all entirely credible and are Glad I had my knitting to hand as I could read a page then knit - such a roller coaster of a tale that my heart leapt and sank by turns and I needed some distraction while the story made up its mind which way to jump.

The characters are all entirely credible and are well drawn which is why to observe their suffering was so agonising. Desserts are not always just but thanks goodness greed is generally punished. Misundestandings abound and if there was one weakish point to me it was the heroine's failure to convince her erstwhile lover of her innocence at mid point but then that was the point of the story.

The pacing is by and large well done and suspense is very skilfully built up until the reader is about to burst with anticipation. By far one of the best books I've read in if not the best but it's a close call. Can't recommend it too highly. Nov 05, Michele rated it it was amazing. Sep 29, Bridget rated it it was amazing Shelves: Second time was just as good as the first.

I loved the characters. Reading other reviews complain about how improbable the events in the story have reminded me that this is FICTION and everything does not have to be "probable". Entrancing and romantic, exciting and full of high adventure in the wilds of Montana, charming and sophisticated in the cultured upper stratosphere of the East.

Also fascinating historical tidbits. Loved it. Titles and covers are lame but the writing is terrific. Interesting plot where the Absarokee Crow tribe in Montana has the foresight to learn how to function and prosper as the Americans push Westward into the traditional tribal territory.

Hazard Black, the chief of his clan, takes his father's advice and travels East to attend Harvard, returning with the education and contacts to use the white's culture to build the necessary wealth to protect what is theirs. The Boston bred Venetia Blaze Braddock attempts to negotiate the purchase of his gold mine claim, leads to some unexpected developments.

Very enjoyable. May 18, Oleta Blaylock rated it it was amazing. While I love this book there are times I wish I could go through and get rid of the details.

Ms Johnson does her homework about the era and place she is writing about, going so far as to add footnotes to the story. This story is set in the post Civil War West more specifically the territory of Montana. This is a story of one man's attempt to save his people from extinction.

Along the way he falls for a Boston debutante that is head strong and intelligent. Blaze is more than a match for Hazard Bl While I love this book there are times I wish I could go through and get rid of the details. Blaze is more than a match for Hazard Black. There isn't any of the more explicit language that is part of today's storytelling but Ms. Johnson can still write some intense and steamy love scenes. There are plenty of those scenes scattered through the story. There is also a look into the day to day life of the a Mountain Crow clan.

Jan 06, Tracy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Got to give this 4. It was really good and the characters were well developed. Reading about Hazard and the Absarokee tribe was wonderful. Hazard was an amazing character and showed so much grace and strength under pressure.

I loved how he dealt with situations. Blaze also grew on me. No doubt she was initially more of a spoiled bored debutant but she grew into a woman who was much stronger and worthy. The villains Yancy and Millicent were really quite evil and I despised them which made Got to give this 4. The villains Yancy and Millicent were really quite evil and I despised them which made them good characters too. Wonderful story with lots of depth and information.

I can't wait to read the next one in the series. View 1 comment. Jan 03, Wateena rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jon Hazzard Black is part Native American who loves his land. Blaze Braddock wants the land, and there is where the story starts to get interesting; Blaze has never met a more arrogant man in her life, and Jon has never met a more irriatating sexy woman in his. Between them the chemistry heats up to epic porportions; and soon you are with them on an adventure that takes them from enemies to lovers.

This is one story that continues to entertain there is never a dull moment. Jul 06, Rose rated it it was ok Shelves: There were parts of this book that were really good and then there were some that were so stupid and unbelievable that it made it hard to truly like the book as a whole.

What white man sends his virgin daughter into a cabin with an Indian to negotiate a business deal after the Indian has shot at them! Oct 30, Collene rated it it was amazing Shelves: As most of her books, once you get past the extremely sensual sex scenes, there is a very good story.

Sep 16, Angie rated it liked it Shelves: Although I find the cover a bit ridiculous, Blaze was a very pleasant surprise! While there are some phrases throughout that make it obvious this romance is old, the story itself didn't feel too dated to me.

It's certainly not a bodice a ripper, and the heroine isn't some simpering maiden. Blaze is actually quite feisty and is often the one initiating sex with our dashing hero, Hazard.

In fact, it's her attempted seduction of him that really gets their love story rolling. Blaze starts out with a Although I find the cover a bit ridiculous, Blaze was a very pleasant surprise!

Blaze starts out with a bit of a historical info-dump. I can honestly say that I was not expecting that at all. There is a lot of real history in the first several chapters and it really sets the tone for the political and social situation of the time.

It's the height of the Gold Rush, and Hazard owns land that contains a few prosperous veins.

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Of course, there are money hungry people out there who will do anything to get that land and the gold within it. However, Hazard is not selling for anything. He's using that money to support his tribe, and he won't give that up, not even for the very tempting Blaze. I actually kind of loved Blaze in places.

It's long and detailed, so we really get a sense of the time, place, and the characters. It's obviously well researched, and there are end notes! There are end notes in a Historical Romance!

Most of them have to do with Hazard's tribe, giving us extra details or context. I loved this, and I loved how Blaze actually makes an effort to be respectful of Hazard's people's customs and learn their language. She's a hostage, so she could have just made a huge fuss and disrespected everyone out of spite, but she doesn't. What kept me from fully loving Blaze was just a few things.

The first was that in the beginning and during the fight at the end , Hazard calls Blaze a bitch a lot, or refers to her as a bitch in heat. I really did not like this. I get that he was mad about her trying to seduce his land away, but it made me cringe every time. Then their fight at the end was quite repetitive. It was several pages of the same argument over and over. Hazard simply wouldn't listen to anything she had to say, and then suddenly all was well again without him ever apologizing for treating her so poorly.

Things also get a bit drawn out at the end.

It was exciting, but I did feel like those last 30ish pages were just unnecessary. In the end, I did enjoy Blaze quite a bit. I loved that it was set in America during the Gold Rush, because it added this sense of excitement that you simply can't get in a London ballroom.

Blaze may have started off as a spoiled society miss, but she was never a typical lady, and I appreciated her owning her sexuality and not letting men run her. The end did leave me with a smile on my face, and I may pick up the next in the series to see what's in store for their first born. Oct 02, Sylvia rated it liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

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To view it, click here. It was looong but kept me entertained during the slow moments of a week-long vacation.

This romance featured a Native American hero and I usually avoid this historical sub-genre for a couple of reasons. While I can't say that this book was an exception to my rule, I did enjoy it more than most. Things I liked: I thought the hero was a sweet alpha. I appreciated that he had a wife from his tribe who he loved she died before his obsession with our red-haired heroine. The author researched the hero's tribe and included footnotes. Things I didn't like: I was not completely charmed by the heroine.

She wasn't terrible, and I understand that she needed a strong will to endure the trials in store but I didn't think that being spoiled was a positive characteristic. Also, while the plot was interesting I could have used a bit more relationship development between the main characters and between the heroine and the tribe. We find out that our hero has fathered three children with other women but then we never hear about them again in this book because Still, this book did what I needed it to do.

It was a pleasant diversion during a few rainy vacation days. Mission accomplished. Dec 23, PurplyCookie rated it liked it Shelves: If you can get through the first hundred pages of typical historical romance writing and verbose dialogue, I think you'll enjoy this book.

If you like your romance novels on the hot side, "Blaze" will not disappoint you. The book is also enriched with various settings, from wealthy Boston society, to decadent gold mining towns, to an earthy village of a Plains Native American tribe. I don't look for "reality" in romance novels, just a chance to be transported to another place and time. The only t If you can get through the first hundred pages of typical historical romance writing and verbose dialogue, I think you'll enjoy this book.

The only thing that I did not like about this book is that they never resolved the big issue that separated Blaze and Hazard. I find that disturbing. It was just dropped like it never happened.

They never discussed it and he never learned the real reason behind her going back with her mother and why he found her at that place. I wouldn't go ahead and spoil it for those who haven't read this book yet so I'll stop right here. What ultimately saves this book from being one of those run-of-the-mill historical romance books which litters book stores is the historical accuracy of Johnson in providing rich, detailed explanations by way of end notes. I loved the history of the American Indian heritage, and the commitment Hazard has to his culture.

I have never expressed any interest in the American Indian culture before but this book made me understand it for the first time. Book Details: Aug 14, LJ rated it really liked it Shelves: To Blaze Braddock, beautiful, pampered daughter of a millionaire, it was a chance to flee stifling codes of Boston society.

Taken hostage by the Indian warrior, Blaze Braddock surrendered to the dreams of a defiant people — and found love in the arms of a man who had sworn to be her enemy… If you're looking for a realistic relationship, look elsewhere.

If you're looking for a HOT romance, this delivers. May 06, Stephanie rated it liked it. Those who know me know I like historical romances, although this one is a little later in time than my usual favorites.

Still, it's in the U. The descriptions of the locations are insightful, and I learned something about a "certain character in New York City" whom I don't want to name so as not to spoil anything Jul 10, Lynn added it. I am sorry to report this is my least favorite Susan Johnson book. The characters are not developed well and there is no sex scenes to overcome that fact. I do not like Blaze at all and Hazard is predictable he is not interesting.

Maybe the St. John-Duras series was all she had to offer?

May 10, Ana rated it did not like it. Not believable at all. It's 1 star for the factual notes found at the end of the book and within the story. Nov 18, Courtney rated it liked it Shelves: Very slow begining. If you can get past the first pages it's a good read.

There is way too much history and not much story line in the begining. Apr 07, Kristi Hudecek-Ashwill rated it liked it. I did not like this book, based pretty much on the character of Blaze. She's everything I despise in a person. She's overindulged, self-centered, manipulative, childish, lazy, mean, and even stupid. I liked Hazard for a long time, until he started giving into her every whim.

That's when he lost favor with me. He did it to the extent of having "consequence" with his tribe. The other men made fun of him for doing the cooking and cleaning because she didn't how how to do these things and if he didn I did not like this book, based pretty much on the character of Blaze. The other men made fun of him for doing the cooking and cleaning because she didn't how how to do these things and if he didn't do it, they were going to be living in squalor and starving.

She was just pathetic. He was a chief doing women's work. I've done enough reading and researching of my own to know this would be a problem for him with his people. But yet, he kowtowed to her, sometimes with resentment, but he did it.

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So much for masculinity. The story is actually great. Blaze's father and some of his friends want to invest in gold mining in Montana, but the one hold-out of Jon Hazard Black. He won't deal with them at all. Being Harvard educated and having served in the Civil War, he was onto the ways of the white man. He didn't like it, but he was assimilated and could handle himself well in both worlds.

He was involved with several women, a couple of them married, before he met Blaze. He was good at it and kept them happy between the sheets, but once he took Blaze hostage, all of that changed. We never heard another peep about them. Meanwhile, Blaze is content to stay holed up in the mining cabin and play house with Hazard while she waits for her father to rescue her. They'd turned their relationship into a physical one and then suddenly he stops. He doesn't want to have sex with her anymore for his own reasons But she, in her cunning, manipulative way, begged him for more and he finally gave in.

I rolled my eyes with that and verbally chastised him. With her father gone and Blaze held hostage, Millicent Braddock, Blaze's mother is playing one of her husband's workers like a fiddle. She's glad they're both gone. It gives her time to be-bop with Yancy and together, they scheme to get a hold of all of her husband's money.

Their plan is nefarious and kept the story going. The book was unevenly paced. There were times when I got so bored, I wanted to cry, especially while Blaze and Hazard are with his people. They spent a lot of time having sex all through the book and I just wanted it all to end.

Blaze, the sniveling brat, got what she wanted and Hazard just kept bowing down to the queen. Thankfully, toward the end of the book, it did a flip for a short time. I liked how it ended. I didn't care for the epilogue because it didn't involve any character interaction. It just summarized what happened in the following years and led us to the next book, which I won't be reading.

However, the footnotes at the end were fascinating. I learned a lot from them. There were a few loose ends that I thought needed to be taken care of, but there's one thing that nagged me for the rest of the book after I read it. I don't think this is a spoiler; predictably, Blaze gets pregnant and she finds out that Hazard has three other kids by different women. The kids are being raised by their mothers, but those kids are never presented to Blaze or pointed out to the reader.

He doesn't acknowledge them in any way. It seemed that Trey was his only kid and I was disappointed in that. Why didn't he and Blaze have more than one anyway? She was nineteen when she met Hazard and he wasn't yet thirty. With her having the one child and him having three others, it wasn't like it was a fertility issue. This vexed me. That and the other three he didn't acknowledge.

Anyway, I liked the premise of the story, but as I said, the pace was uneven and there are a couple of loose ends that I thought she have been wrapped up. Even though I despised Blaze and had my moments of dislike and disappointment with Hazard, they were both strong characters.

The antagonists in the story were well-defined and easy to detest. Maybe I would have liked this better if Hazard had some sort of connection with his other kids.

I don't know. He just reminded me of a deadbeat dad.

I'm sure he was taking care of them with their basic needs, but he wasn't having any interaction with them. It bothered me a lot. I didn't care for this book, but I think many others will love it. Just a quick note here: I've been reading historical romances for a long, long time.

The copyright on this book is The actions between Blaze and Hazard were pretty much taboo back then, which makes Ms. Johnson a pioneer. I congratulate her. She wrote the steamy scenes with finesse and class, yet never left me wondering just what was going on.

Mar 09, Annalice rated it really liked it. I would have liked to meet John, especially see him, because is so apparently handsome.

It's interesting how this book also has sex scenes between John and other women who aren't the heroine. I guess they're just there to cement his reputation with women.

It made me sad that Blaze's father had to die. I really liked the father and felt his death was shameful and unnecessary. It makes me think that anyone could just be killed to inherit that person's money. I don't like that thought. God, the mom I would have liked to meet John, especially see him, because is so apparently handsome. God, the mom was so horrible and Yancy so evil and scheming.

Even though thank god Yancy was finally killed, the ending, for some reason, wasn't so satisfying for me. I'm kinda confused where John and Blaze are living by the end of the novel: It's kinda crazy to think that Blaze would give up her millions to live in a tepee Also, wait, did John ever believe Blaze when she said that she never wrote that note? Physical abuse and neglect were commonplace, and high numbers of children were also sexually abused. Simultaneously, during this time period, the Court of Indian Offense legally mandated the prohibition of cultural and spiritual practices under threat of imprisonment or with holding of rations.

The collective cultural disruption that resulted from these initiatives was profound. Historical trauma also includes the systematic destruction of environment. Today, tribal lands are subject to some of the most invasive, toxic, and destructive environmental practices.

For example, some scholarship has focused on HT events as etiological agents to social and psychological distress Palacios and Portillo, ; Walters et al. Others have focused on HT as a potential mechanism or pathway by which it is transmitted e. At the individual level, the impact includes impairments in family communication Evans-Campbell ; mental health symptoms of PTSD survivor guilt, anxiety, depression and substance abuse Whitbeck et al.

At the community level, collective responses include the disruption of traditional customs, languages, and practices. Notably, despite exposure to historical and cumulative traumatic stressors, many Native people do not manifest psychopathology. Indeed, emerging research indicates that the very areas of Native culture that have been targeted for destruction e.

Moreover, some communities commemorate HT events to signify and celebrate the ability of subsequent generations to thrive and survive after such events e. As Walters et al. Although descendants of survivors are not more likely than others to have poor mental health, they may be predisposed to higher stress vulnerability.

Thus, when descendant survivors experience high levels of contemporary traumatic stress, they may be more likely than others to exhibit PTSD or related symptomology e. For example, recovery from historically traumatic events is compounded by the fact that AIANs remain living in the places where historically traumatic events occurred and experience constant reminders of these events.

Additionally, there has been little articulation of how the chronicity of certain HT events e. It also appears that diverse types of HT events might yield very different trauma reactions— psychological and physiological. Our preliminary research, for example, indicates that HT events that disrupt ties to family, community, or place e. Finally, though we know that many people exposed to HT remain healthy, research has not explored factors related to maintaining health in the face of HT events.

In particular, researchers have begun to examine the impact of social and economic inequities on physical health and how embodiment of these inequities is multifaceted and influenced by social, cultural, economic, and biological processes. As Krieger and Davey Smith note, recognition of the link between the body and social inequities first gained attention in the s when social scientists found that the impact of abhorrent working conditions, poor access to food, and inadequate health care in childhood led to premature mortality.

Recently, research has attempted to examine gene-environment interactions as a wayto explore environmental impact on health outcomes. However, as Krieger and Davey Smith ; p. Studying the embodiment of HT and corresponding health consequences allows us to determine the forces driving intergenerational patterns of health and disease among AIANs Krieger Moreover, such knowledge will likely yield important directions for developing culturally relevant policies and practices to reduce AIAN health inequities and ultimately grow AIAN health and wellness for future generations.

AIAN Relational Worldviews and Embodiment The concept of embodiment is consistent with AIAN spatial and relational worldviews that recognize the interdependency between humans and nature, the physical and spiritual worlds, the ancestors and the future generations Walters et al. According to AIAN worldviews, environment, mind, body, and emotional health are inextricably linked to human behavior, practices, wholeness, and hence, wellness Walters et al. In recent years, a wholistic orientation that incorporates the interconnectedness of the mind, body, and spirit has gained acceptance, particularly in the fields of psychoneuroimmunology Lyons and Chamberlain, , epigenetics Holliday , cardiovascular disease Kuzawa and Sweet, , inflammation disorders Jessop et al.

Epigenetics and Historical Trauma There is strong evidence that poor health outcomes are linked to genetic, environmental, and behavioral risk factors Matthews and Phillips, , yet the actual pathways and mechanisms, particularly biological and sociological mechanisms, for the intergenerational transmission of HT events among humans are hotly contested and remain open to debate. Specifically, the relative impact of HT on descendant physical and mental health is a point of contention, particularly among behavioral scientists.

While some scholars have argued that the intergenerational effects of historical trauma i. Specifically, as Walters et al. For example, inadequate prenatal maternal nutrition at key gestational developmental periods can lead to descendant offspring developing CVD in adulthood Kuzawa and Sweet, The debate about which has the strongest or combined net effect on poor health outcomes and the persistence of health disparities remains open to ongoing empiricalverification; however, the preliminary evidence for intergenerational transmission of stress has critical implications for the study of HT among AIANs.

Several animal and, more recently, human studies have demonstrated pervasive and enduring effects of the neurobiological toll of stress on neurodevelopmental delays, hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal HPA axis dysfunction, metabolic syndrome, CVD, immune system dysfunction, major depressive disorder, PTSD, compromised reproductive health and transgenerational effects of stress exposure on the health of offspring generations Brand et al.

Moreover, different changes in HPA axis and related neuroendocrine systems are linked with different disease outcomes Matthews and Phillips, Emerging epigenetic and neurobiological research is beginning to provide evidence that neuroendocrine response to stress can be transmitted to future generations by means of nongenomic mechanisms—having major implications for how environmental stressors in one generation can influence the disease risk of subsequent generations Matthews and Phillips, For example, maternal stress exposure studies indicate that maternal psychological and nutritional stress during pregnancy can lead to biological changes that predispose their offspring to diabetes, CVD, and other diseases Kuzawa and Sweet, Clearly, there is growing consensus that environmental influences contribute to health disparities by influencing biological processes and responses at key developmental periods throughout the life course and across generations.

In terms of AIANs, our own work has shown that a high proportion of AIANs have high levels of historical-trauma loss manifesting in thinking about the impact of land-based trauma, on a weekly, and in some cases, daily basis. Moreover, after controlling for contemporary trauma, we found that HT land-based events continued to have a significant effect on mental and physical health Walters et al. These findings provide preliminary support that HT related to land losses may persist and also become embodied.

Although we cannot conclude directionality given the cross-sectional nature of the survey data from this study, the findings illuminate some of the HT factors that may lead to poor health. Although embodiment reminds us that we cannot exclude social, historical, or cumulative experiences and their corresponding impact on our health and wellness, and ultimately on population health disparities, parsing out these processes is difficult in HT research and requires a multilevel, integrated approach Krieger However, this should not preclude our delving into the intricacies and complexities of HT research nor should we assume that HT is irrelevant because of the difficulties involved in disentangling its effect on health inequities from other traumatic stressors.

Pathways to Embodying HT Biological expressions of HT may, in part, produce health disparities in a wide spectrum of outcomes—from chronic and persistent illnesses e. From an ecosocial perspective, certain pathways to embodiment of HT are clearer given that some HT events are tied to exposures to noxious physical, chemical, biological, and psychosocial insults—all ofwhich can affect biological integrity at numerous interacting levels Krieger Other pathways are much more challenging to investigate, but no less important.

The net effect of these multiple, intersecting pathways leads to health inequities not only in the life course of an individual, but over generations. Another relevant factor is the varied responses AIAN people have to HT, ranging from internalized oppression and substance use to community organizing around HT as a social movement strategy. From a theoretical viewpoint, the utility of an ecosocial framework and embodiment encourages the identification of potential testable hypotheses by systematically tracing pathways between HT events and their potential embodied expressions.

Additionally, resistance, positive coping, and resiliency can be mapped by utilizing an indigenist stress-coping framework Walters and Simoni, to identify how HT events not only have direct effects on wellness outcomes, but also how cultural protective factors e. Importantly, pathways could also be traced across generations to examine how the cumulative effect of HT events, or perhaps type of events, continue to impact the health of the present generation.

For example, with AIAN populations, exceedingly high rates of psychological and physiological distress and disparities have been identified as indirect indicators of not only structural and economic inequalities, but also of successive exposures to HT over generations. Although indirect approaches do not allow for investigation of issues related to intensity, duration, time period of exposure to HT—particularly generational cohort effects to HT events; indirect strategies could address whether HT-related losses or other factors presumed to be related to HT account for observed differences in health between dominant and subordinate groups Krieger and in some cases between tribal members who experienced an HT event compared to tribal members who did not e.

Slightly more direct routes would involve specifically measuring HT events, as well as their intensity, duration, and time period of exposure Krieger for particular tribal populations. In some cases, there are opportunities to observe how an HT event within a particular tribe had differential impact on tribal members who either directly or indirectly experienced the event or descended from someone who directly or indirectly experienced the event.

Additionally, depending on health outcomes under study, chronic and acute HT exposures e. Moreover, the daily wear and tear of HT-event exposure e. All of these factors have to be considered when measuring HT.

Moreover, future research should work with tribal communities to identify resiliency responses, resistance strategies, positive coping and other factors that buffered the impact of HT on tribal, communal, familial, and individual wellness.

Epidemiologic principles can provide useful guidance for measuring and analyzing self-reported experiences of HT and its effects on health and wellness Krieger Developing culturally valid and reliable measures is a major concern in HT research.

Moreover, the HT-event questions should be clear and direct and address multiple facets of an HT event for measures that study the health consequences of a particular HT event.

This is an easier approach when working with a particular tribal community, more challenging when working in urban settings where many different tribes live and AIANs tend to descend from multiple tribes.Perversion Trilogy - T.

Nov 13, Neha rated it did not like it Shelves: He just reminded me of a deadbeat dad. Johnson can still write some intense and steamy love scenes. The characters are all entirely credible and are well drawn which is why to observe their suffering was so agonising. The only way to save her from her past is to delve into his. The book is also enriched with various settings, from wealthy Boston society, to decadent gold mining towns, to an earthy village of a Plains Native American tribe.

Ms Johnson does her homework about the era and place she is writing about, going so far as to add footnotes to the story.