A wonderful story of love winning out over traditions. The characters are strong, independent, and have a plan of their own. God has other plans, and He wins out. Lots of surprises, some heavy times, some light and fun times. Lots of smiles. I love Kim Sawyer's books. Each is always uniquely different from the others and her grammar impeccable, which I cannot say for most of the writers these days. I had a hard time putting it down, and was so sad to have it come to an end. I felt emotionally attached to the characters and wanted more... But that is the way with Kim's books. A strong Christian message, romance, and the unique Indian flavor made it a great book in my estimation. A great story for female or male and teens. This one will remain in my library!
Sadly, this book didn't grab me as much as some of Kim's have. She's had some books (like "Courting Miss Amsel") that I've absolutely loved. This wasn't one of them, but I don't regret reading it. For one thing, I absolutely loved the Alaskan setting! Right in the shadow of Denali (aka Mt. McKinley). It was awesome - cause I've been there! All in all, this was a good book, just didn't grab me as much. Definitely worth my one-time read though.
I loved this book by Kim Sawyer! Although not a typical prairie romance, it was definitely a romance! Just one set in Alaska at a mission post for the Athabascan Indian tribe. I fell in love with both the unique main characters from the start.
Lizzie Dawson is a very independent young woman who has lived on her own for years. Not a part of the tribe of her dead Indian mother or the white father who left them years ago, she has made her own way, using the skills of the Athabascans to survive.
Clay Selby has left the lower states to become a missionary like his own father. When he encounters the beautiful blue-eyed Indian girl, he wonders at her story. What he learns stuns him and leaves him in a quandry. Must he choose between befriending her or the people he came to minister to?
Lizzie is also attracted to Clay, but refuses to allow herself this weakness. Until the day she shoots him! How can God work good out of this accident? Read the book and find out, and give yourself a great read in the Yukon of Alaska in the late 1890s.
How true to life is the work of the Missionary in the story A whisper of Peace.
To travel so far to reach a people for God, surely He will understand if we have to sacrifice the good of one person. What is one against the chance to win so many? For Him? And yet . . . when it comes right down to it . . . God will show us the worth of one sole is more than the whole earth. Every time.