THE SPIRIT KEEPER by K. B. Laugheed, 2013. The very first sentence of the book grabbed me, partly because it’s an Irish tale, and partly because it takes place in my home state, I live only 3 hours upstate from Lancaster. Here it is by the way, my teaser just for you:
“This is the account of Katie O’Toole, late of Lancaster Co. PA, removed from her family by savages on March the 2nd in the year of Our Lord, 1747.”
The second sentence was also an attention grabber:
“I wish I could say this is a true and honest account, but I see no way the likes of me can make such a claim.”
I’ve only read the first page my friends, but the blurb on the back of the trade paperback promises the book to be very interesting. 17 year old Katie is taken from her home by two strange Indians who claim they have been searching for her. Syawa, a gifted holy-man, and his bodyguard, Hector. Do you feel any anger over the use of the word “Indians”? I don’t but I don’t run my life by political correctness) Of course she has flaming red hair and ice blue eyes instead of the green ones any true blooded Irish immigrant heroin usually has, but still an all I will read this book and let you know what I think of it.
NOTE: Katie is now traveling west with her Native American companions, where she meets up with several different villages and their inhabitants and she is slowly learning their language and hand gestures to communicate. That is all I will tell you for now, don’t want to ruin the ending!
Final Note: I really enjoyed this book and plan on reading more of K.B. Laugheed’s work!