Wednesday, August 26, 2009

review: Under a Lakota Moon by Deborah l. Weikel

genre: Christian historical romance

When Rosalynn gets off the train in the tiny town of Peaceful, Minnesota, she's hoping to start life with a clean slate. With her two children, a maiden aunt and a past she'd like to forget in tow, she plans on helping her prodigal sister with a new baby. To her dismay, she finds an incredibly different and complicated set of circumstances instead. Confident in her ability to handle things all on her own, Rosalynn finds herself frustrated when a half-Lakota Indian named Lone Wolf is in a position to thwart her efforts to raise her sister's children. Some humility is in order and concessions have to be made in order to keep the peace.

How much you enjoy Lakota Moon depends on what you want to get out of it. If you merely desire to take a step back to a simpler time and enjoy some serious and yet squeaky-clean romance, you will get exactly what you want. The native Lakota lore and history added an interesting element and while sometimes the slang of the dialogue felt out of place and unrealistic, much of the time and place did feel authentic, especially the workings of the farm and the efforts of food preparation. Domestic abuse isn't a topic to be tackled lightly and I felt like the author tried hard to get the emotions of it right. I wasn't completely impressed by the quality of the writing itself, to be honest. Rosalynn and Lone Wolf sure seemed to misunderstand each other a lot, and they both seemed, as characters, far too perfect and upright to be true.

Despite those faults, I do know that I had to walk around my house doing laundry while finishing the final chapters, since I wanted to know how it ended. If the plot sounds interesting to you and you enjoy romance without graphic scenes, this one is for you.

1 comment:

Veens said...

Doesn't sound like a book for me!

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