Ostracized by her tribe because of her white father, Lizzie Dawson lives alone in the mountains of Alaska, practicing the ways of her people even as she resides in the small cabin her father built for her mother. She dreams of reconciling with her grandparents to fulfill her mother’s dying request, but she has not yet found a way to bridge the gap that separate her from her tribe.
Clay Selby has always wanted to be like his father, a missionary who holds a great love for the native people and has brought many to God. Clay and his stepsister, Vivian, arrive in Alaska to set up a church and school among the Athbascan people. Clay is totally focused on this goal…until he meets a young, independent Indian woman with the most striking blue eyes he’s ever seen. But Lizzie is clearly not part of the tribe, and befriending her might have dire consequences for his mission. Will Clay be forced to choose between his desire to minister to the natives and the quiet nudging of his heart?
For anyone who enjoys a western romance, you’ll love Kim Vogel Sawyer’s A Whisper of Peace. It just happens to be set in Alaska.
The Alaskan tribal history and settlement history provide a rich backdrop for this story of prejudice and misconceptions. Lizzie, caught between two societies, neither of which accept her because of her mixed blood, is a realistic character. She yearns to belong, a core force among every one of us. Though her skin is a different shade, she discovers that what truly matters goes beyond what can be seen.
Part “My Fair Lady,” part “Love Comes Softly,” this book has a lot to offer. An effortless read with a beautiful setting, I recommend this for anyone looking for an escape to a simpler time and place. Though the times are simple, the society remains very much the same.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. And this is my honest review. Honestly.