This was a wonderful dual time story that had me absorbed in both time lines.
The author depicted the Indian captives in such a fascinating way, showing their viewpoint realistically. A highlight was when a lady was explaining the Gospel to Broken Bow, an Indian incarcerated at Fort Marion.
Tying the past to the present day was a ledger containing art done by the Indians. I had not heard of ledger art before. It originated at Fort Marion, Florida in the 1870s.
The present was very interesting as well. We meet Dani, who is discovering things about her father, Franklin, after so many years apart. His death brings her an inheritance and a mystery. Brad, a museum curator, is caring for his adorable four year old niece, Brynn. And we have Matty, a friend and neighbor of Franklin. Matty is a big biker of a guy but is quite the teddy bear and is a solid Christian who dispenses godly wisdom and looks out for Dani, Brad and Brynn.
Brad and Dani recognize that God has brought them together for a purpose. One reason was to strengthen their faith.
I love that this novel was based in history of Fort Marion, Florida and the treatment of the Indians there. It showed hardships but also compassion. This kind of historical account should not be forgotten.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.* 5 stars and a solid faith thread
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Upon receiving word that her long-estranged father has passed away, Dani Sango inherits the former art forger’s entire estate. Among his many pieces of artwork are a series of obviously Native American drawings and paintings, which lead her to research St. Augustine of 1875. White Elk is transported to Florida to join other Cheyenne braves already being held in Fort Marion. Sally Jo Harris is at the fort teaching the Indians. When a friendship develops between them and false accusations fly, it could cost them their lives. Can Dani discover how their story ends and how it shaped her own father’s life?