The Spirit Keeper: A Novel by K.B. Laugheed
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The Spirit Keeper is a well written, thought and emotion evoking read. Frankly, it started out slowly for me, but began to weave me into it's spell a quarter of the way into the book.
This is the story of a journey made by two American Indians, a spiritual man and his friend, searching for the woman one of them has dreamed of. She ends up being a young Irish immigrant living in Colonial America with her dysfunctional family. An unlikely alliance is formed between her and her two captors when she and her family are kidnapped by a local tribe. They begin to travel west to return to her captors' home and the journey becomes not just a physical one, but is a journey of spiritual and emotional growth and awareness.
This is also a romance between two people that originally have little in common. It is fascinating to watch the personal growth they go through as their relationship evolves.
The author has managed to avoid the trap of overemphasizing the heroine's Irish Colonial language. It could have been distracting, but was handled with subtlety.
This is not a mainstream book, but well worth reading.
ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley.