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5.0 out of 5 starsThe characters and story make this an enjoyable read
Reviewed in the United States on March 28, 2018
This is the second book in Stephanie Grace Whitson's Prairie Winds series (not the second as the ebook title indicates). I read the first and loved it and looked forward to the second. I wasn't disappointed. I had thought this book was Soaring Eagle's story, and it was, in part. It was also the story of his sister, LisBeth. Both their story lines were good. The other characters in the book were wonderful, as well. This is a very well written book. As with the first, the editing wasn't the best, but I can overlook that in favor of the story. I'm looking forward now to reading Red Bird.
This book was enjoyable to me in that it had some action and still had good morals and a christian message of forgiveness and what God can do in a persons heart. I'm not a bible banger though I am christian, it was a very enjoyable book without having to read through a bunch of garbage. I normally do not like fiction but this was very good at telling of the inward struggles of the two main characters in dealing with losing loved ones in a war between Indian and White people, then learning that you have a sibling that is one of the people you are against. I don't want to tell the books story so sorry about being vague. So, if you don't need ultra violence, sex, or bad language in a book, this is a very nice story to read.
This is a wonderful uplifting story of a young Indian brave who had lost his family and his livlihood after the soldiers had killed all the animals and he had no food. After meeting up with a Christian missionary he went to the Santee village where he found friends and love. Soaring Eagle had lots of tragedy in his life, but with faith and time he began to heal. There are lots of people and events which make this a very interesting read. I loved the book and will read Red Bird next.
4.0 out of 5 starsThe second in this series was not a disappointment!
Reviewed in the United States on June 1, 2016
The story of Lisbeth Baird a recent widow as a result of the massacre that took her husband's life. The loss by the hand of the Lakota Indians. Soaring Eagle bitter and done with death runs a away with only a locket and a cross that reminds him of his father and the white woman that raised him.
Travel through their lives of mourning and efforts to find themselves through all this tragedy.
Meet Jim Callaway who wants to buy Lisbeth homestead. Watch his life interact with the mourning Mrs. Baird.
There was some lengthy sermons taught which I skimmed over. They were important but a little boring. Over all this was a good book.
This is a book I have read many times and never tire of it, I re read at least once a year because it tells of the American Indian culture, the love and hardships alike of a beautiful people. I love the beauty of the dress, the discipline of the people and their bravery...the customs and their endurance . This is the second book of the triology, a must read for the reader of the old west and the Indian culture.
I have read and reread S. G. Whitson's books since her first publication. As I finish this story I feel renewed in my faith and the dark trials that have been a part of my life for a couple of years have retreated, pushed back by the truth presented in this story. Truths that I have known for years but needed to hear in the context of this story. Thank you Mrs. Whitson for the timelessness of your stories and the truth of our Lord and Savior they contain.
I wasn't expecting Book 2 to be as good as the first one. But it is! It isn't as sad as Book 1. It ends on a very joyful note. There are some DL Moody sermon excerpts toward the end which are important to the story. But there is no doubt that this is Christian fiction. At its best I might add. It is definitely worth reading.
1.0 out of 5 starsMs Whitson has a huge talent & clearly a strong faith but it would be nice if she could tell a story without converting every ..
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 28, 2014
OK, I will admit these books are gripping BUT I have a major problem with them. Ms Whitson has a huge talent & clearly a strong faith but it would be nice if she could tell a story without converting every single person in it! Not only is it unrealistic but it is highly offensive. Speaking as a person of Lakotan descent:,we are proud of our long dignified history & our beliefs in the power of the earth & nature. Ms Whitson completely invalidates these beliefs by converting every Lakotan she comes across to Christianity! Our Lakotan ancestors were proud of their beliefs & had no need to be converted, thank you! Her portrayal of a Western 'agency' may reflect perhaps one or two of these agencies but most were not like this. She completely negates the real history of native people by suggesting that they all went willingly into a Christian education & church. Does she forget how many children were ripped from their families & forced into a 'Christian' education (though I'm not sure what is Christian about abducting children!)? Does she forget how they were forced to forget their own families, not allowed to use their own language, made to pass as white, & had their long history & culture negated? Her naive portrayal of the erosion of native culture is dangerous & offensive. Her lack of education shows in her use of the word 'squaw' - a word which most native people would prefer to be disassociated from. There is much debate over the original use of this word, however it is my understanding that it was never used as a general common word for 'woman' & is considered by many to be offensive. Whilst Ms Whitman seems to have done some research, it is clearly on the surface & she has little respect or understanding of Lakotan clture. Her constant bible-bashing is incredibly irritating as well as offensive & spoils what could have been a good story. Had I known these books were about Christianity rather than, as the covers suggest, about native culture, I wouldn't have bothered. I wish I hadn't.
I had thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series and treated myself to this second in the series as a reward for completing an assignment! LisBeth, Soaring Eagle and Jim have lived through traumatic experiences. They struggle to come to faith - nothing blasé. A privilege to read it. I plan to buy the final book when I have completed the end of course exam.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 13, 2019
I have really enjoyed both books so far in this series. I have found them thought provoking and highly enjoyable. It is beautifully written and I cared about the characters. I would recommend it for fans of Christian and historical fiction.
Over the last few years I have read many American pioneer books. I must day that this series has been the best. Your obvious love of the Saviour and His word is wonderful. As someone from the UK I have been thrilled by the knowledge the of the history of your country. Thank you.