The BlurbAn herbalist and free woman of color, Kindred Twain and Lelaheo/Cassian Harkness, an Oneida Indian, had been inseparable since childhood, so it was no surprise to anyone when their childhood bond blossomed into love as they grew into adulthood. Neither suspected when they agreed to wait to wed until Lelaheo had completed his medical studies in Europe that they were poised on the eve of the American Revolution, or that a young British miss named Adeline would threaten to tear them apart forever.
Prelude to my review
I don’t always remember where I hear about a book, but I do recall this one being reviewed on Brazen Babe Reviews blog. The way she raved about it sent me straight to Amazon where purchased the book. This is the second time she’s led me down a rather adventurous path I may not have taken on my own.
This book incorporated at least four cultures into one wonderful historical romance and I learned more than I’d anticipated.
I sighed at the end of this story (in a good way). So much emotion was poured into it. First of all let me say that anything that discusses slavery gets me a little angry. It’s the nature of the history of slavery and how the slaves were treated in such a sub-human manner. Add to the struggle of slavery, that of the Native Americans and I was more than upset with some of the characters in the book, and history in general.
Ms. Dean presented the past in an honest light, with the hope that some experienced during that time all with a unique love story. A friends-to-lovers novel that pulled at my heart and made me so happy that love could persevere during a time when hatred had a tendency to rule (Yes I realize this was a work of fiction).
I adored Kindred, her intelligence and her feistiness. And Lelaheo was perfect – just perfect. I will mention that there was one scene where I wanted to kick his behind, but I won’t expound upon it.
This was a fabulous novel. I give this book five out of five head scarf shaped chocolate bars.
I purchased my copy from Amazon.