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He taught her the true spirit of unconditional love and devotion. She taught him that love can be found within the very thing that you fear and detest the most. Together their commitment to each other and a vision that they chose to honor endured a lifetime and came to fruition generations later. A well established and popular writer, Darcy Butler has been researching her family genealogy. There is one final tie that she cannot seem to find. Her search has led her to the Crow Indians. She has been in contact with Lilly who invites her to the reservation. Lilly informs her of an elderly man who lives on the land of their fathers. He claims to have the connection that Darcy needs to complete the link. His name is Tiponi. He has established that he will not leave this life until he has told his story to ‘the great storyteller’ as prophesized by his ancestors. Darcy obtains more than she anticipated once she meets this man of wisdom. She is taken on a spiritual as well as mystical journey. Darcy will learn of a beautiful and forgotten culture. She will experience a life once lived by a warrior and an aristocratic woman through the eyes of this misunderstood but envisaged narrator. Through Tiponi, Darcy will witness a story of love and dedication in the purest form. She will meet the spirits of the past who were able to evolve from their own cultures and prejudices for a higher cause. She in turn must face some of her own limitations which have kept her from having the love she desires.
5 out of 5 (exceptional)
Prepare to be taken away and immersed in the lives of Rebecca and Philip (the historical leads) as this story will take you by the heart and pull you in, not letting go until you've finished the last sentence and will leave you wanting more. This book is set on so many different levels - spiritual; historical; current to name but a few. There is a story that runs parallel as "Darcy" (the current main female) tries to find out about her lineage. I wasn't sure what to expect from this book but was intrigued enough to get it and I'm so very glad that I did. This is extremely well written, with a pace that will let you absorb and also leave you breathless. The characters are so incredibly lifelike, the historical ones more so for me at least. And just to warn you, have the kleenex ready! From about 85% of the book I was crying, but whether they were good tears or bad, you will just have to read the book for yourself and find out. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
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I am a writer currently working as a flight attendant. It gave me some good writing material. I love to write and enjoy doing research for novels that have some historical value. I also love learning about different cultures. My work has given me that opportunity.