Heart-warming, endearing and a love to endure throughout time! This was an incredible novel!
Karen Kay fantastically wove the legends about the Blackfoot Indians with the story she had written. This was an incredible reading journey. I fell in love with all the characters, from the stubborn very independent (very unusual for the era yet very refreshing) Kali Wallace who travels all over with her father photographing people to Soaring Eagle, a high ranking member of the Blackfoot Indian tribe she needs to photograph.
We all have heard and read stories of the horrors of how the “entitled” whites treated the Native Americans during the 1700’s through the 20th Century. And while so many books about Native Americans and “whites” use the old clichés of the Indian being rude and crude or kidnapping his future wife or her being some simpering wimp or having to fight to prove her worth, this story is different.
It evokes a romance and creates a bond between the reader and the book from the moment you open it till the last page is read. I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the times of the Western Frontier and was fascinated by the beauty that Karen Kay wrote with regarding the details of the peoples and the land.
A stubborn man and a stubborn woman who never allow politics or perceived prejudices cement themselves in the way of the love for each other. Kali (short for Kalifornia) and Soaring Eagle have a destiny together that they never seem to question and for that I am happy. The little movie playing in my head while reading this book was a blockbuster with sweeping panorama views and emotional musically score.
Karen Kay writes with her whole heart. She researches and dives in to her stories one hundred and ten percent. The only problem I had was that it had to eventually come to an end. But I will most definitely be ready for the next one, and the next, and….do you see a pattern starting here?
Maybe now I need to take a tiny trip to Montana!
-Reviewed by Khriste