The Comanche Girl's Prayer, Texas Women of Spirit Book 2 Kindle Edition
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Best bits: Soonie is in a rough place between two cultures, but seems to navigate it well. I admire her interest in Comanche and Kiowa culture, along with her desire for her people to turn to God and her belief that all people are equal before God. I liked her frustration with the traveling preacher's attitude of white superiority, and wished she hadn't gotten repeatedly sidetracked from confronting him on it. I liked how she spotted Lone Warrior's subtle smiles of affection, and didn't let him get away with using peyote to "hear God." Lone Warrior certainly cares for his people, and becomes an even better protector, I'd say, when he lets go of his bitterness and anger and turns back to God. They are good for each other. God's love for everyone, regardless of race, culture, or past sins, is a big theme, and a good one. Soonie embodies this very well in her interactions with the people in the settlement and with saloon-girl Darla. Just a few typos. I appreciated the consistent POV.
Issues: Though it is a HEA ending, I would've liked for the story to go on beyond the first leg of their journey together. The epilogue is hardly a satisfactory substitution for more of the story!
I recommend this story to anyone interested in Texas history, Comanche and Kiowa culture, or just a good inspirational story with a dash of romance.
Sponsor arrives to the settlement after her Uncle.asked.her.to teach the Indian.children...
Meandering through rage, frustration, fears, Soonie learns to trust her instinct. She applies teachings from the Bible . A quick read, but one that allows the reader to ponder the everyday problems with various teachings offered. Within the story
Much like Zillia in the first Texas Women of Spirit series, Soonie is spunky, determined, kind-hearted, and loving. She does what she does because, deep down to her toes, she believes that is what she is meant to do. It’s easy to get caught up in her passion, and equally easy to share her fears or her sorrows.
This adventure to her new home is but one part of her story. While there, she must learn how to live among the tribe, and, perhaps most difficult of all, to connect with older members of the tribe who, despite her being 1/4 Comanche, see her as little more than a white woman.
I was worried this confrontation would be more painful than it was. She does struggle to gain acceptance and understand them in turn, but it never felt vicious, and for that I’m glad. Finding common ground is enough of a struggle. If the elders insisted on kicking her every time she was down, the story would have been too painful for me to handle.
Personally, the emphasis on characters is my favorite part of the story. There are a handful of characters in here that shine; each one has that “it” factor that could make them a protagonist of their very own book. Even among the antagonists, things were varied. Some were hardened, beyond redemption. Others were nuanced and almost sympathetic in their misguided ways.
There is action in the story, and at times it was exciting enough that I read so quickly I nearly skimmed because I had to see what the outcome would be. Despite these chunks of action, on average the tension didn’t seem very high, but I didn’t mind in the least. I still found the story engaging and easy to read because there was plenty else to keep me going. If you live for action, though, you’ll need to read with an open-mind to other types of story-telling.
Castillo handles the topic of a Christian Comanche woman returning to help her people very well. Though Soonie strives to help, she in no way has a “savior complex” about her actions; she’s actually quite humble and respectful of tribal traditions, with the exception of hallucinogens, which I think is more than fair.
Despite Soonie’s deep faith, she doesn’t roll into the settlement trying to covert anyone, either. She simply lets her love of the Lord shine, and is happy to talk about it to anyone who shows interest. She’s neither pushy nor condescending, yet she still helps strengthen countless people’s faith. It’s a perfect balance, and I adore that Castillo is always so respectful and loving in how she approaches religion.
Even if you’ve never read River Girl’s Song, it’s still easy to read/understand Comanche Girl’s Prayer, though some comments about Soonie’s best friend, Zillia, might not be as meaningful to you. If you have read River Girl’s Song and liked it, you’re going to love those little hints about how Zillia’s doing and what she’s up to.
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