- Number: B01EIQNCMO
- Release: May 9, 2016
- Author: Alethea Williams
- Availability: E-Book
- Genre: Main :)
- Tags: Historical Fiction
- Publisher: C. A. Williams
ALETHEA WILLIAMS grew up in southwest Wyoming. Willow Vale is her first novel of the immigrant experience, dealing with the Tyroleans after WWI. Willow Vale won a 2012 Wyoming State Historical Society Publications Award. Her second novel details the Irish immigrant experience and the Orphan Train movement in Walls for the Wind. Walls for the Wind is a WILLA Literary Award finalist, a gold Will Rogers Medallion winner, and placed first at the Laramie Awards in the Prairie Fiction category. Her third book, a Western American pre-history spanning the North American continent, entitled Náápiikoan Winter is now available. She also has a collection of newspaper columns in print:Boomer Blues Book: Staying Alive and Sane in the Modern American West. Twice president of Wyoming Writers, Inc. she lives in her native state with long-time friend, Amazon parrot Bob.
WHAT I THINK-
There are four parts to this book. This is about the way the different people lived with in the Piikani tribes. I found it very interesting to learn about the way they lived, the things they believed and the different tribes. I found the author must have done a lot of research into a time long ago when the lands were the Indian's and it was an amazing travel to follow them. The reader gets a look at the way the different tribes interacted, whether good or bad. If you let your imagination go to work, you can visualize the Indians and their lives. This isn't a surface story but a deep look into the ole' west and the Indians that were a huge part of our history, that is often forgotten. This is a story of survival. A story of the day to day hard lives of the Indians and how they went about their daily living. We are given some very strong characters, Buffalo Stone Woman who was a Mexican girl adopted by the Piikani tribe. Then we have a Naapiikoan, Donal Thomas a trader who is widely respected. There are more very interesting and believable characters. This isn't a sugar coated story. It goes into the harshness and the terrible struggles, the suffering that defined who these Indians were. They did what they had to, to survive, but at the same time, they were human and times were different back then. It isn't a tale of the good guy riding off into the sunset. IT hits at the core of their existence. The author keeps you questioning and wondering up to a point then she gives the reader enough information to make you turn that page. This is a history lesson, a time gone, a time often forgotten and a time we can't replace. This story of these Indians is part of what made it possible for us to be here.
I received a copy of this book from the author and Night Owl Reviews and voluntarily decided to review it.
I would give this book 5 STARS.