Matrilineal families were the traditional core foundation of the early Cherokees; this meant that the homes and everything inside them belonged to the wife and the women of that family. In this setting, when a daughter married, her new husband would join her family unit by living in her home. The new couple might add a room on or just continue to live in the space that the daughter occupied before marriage. If a family had several daughters, between new husbands and all their children - the home could grow into quite a busy center for entertainment!
    Meet Song Bird and Cougar: Rain's parents.
    Song Bird, a quiet woman, enjoys beading and cooking with her mother-in law; they have a close relationship and spend a lot of time together since she and Cougar live in her mother-in-law's home.
    Wait a second ... didn't I just mention that in the traditional matilineal homes, the couple would reside in the bride's home?
    Yes, I did - thanks for noticing!
    So why do Song Bird and Cougar live in the home of her husband?
    That is a great question and it is answered in my book. In fact, for the first 10 people who email or DM me with the circumstances  of how this occurred ... I have a Summer Rain promotional item to send you!
    Cougar, son of the tribal peace chief, is a hard working man who finds an awful lot of enjoyment in eating. He's a tall and strong man, easy on the eyes, and and his eyes are only for Song Bird. Cougar is overheard early on that he wants his daughter to marry one day, carry on the family line. He hasn't got anyone in mind, but the more he pushes, the more Rain resists.
    Once you've read Summer Rain, would you do me a favor and let me know which character you found the most compelling? I'd really like to hear feedback from my readers!
    Happy reading and we'll talk again real soon -