Sunday, July 30, 2017

Book Review: Straight Flies the Arrow by Sydney Tooman Betts

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About the Book

From the author of A River too Deep and Light Bird's Song comes Straight Flies the Arrow.


During the winter of 1841, Pacing Wolf, the esteemed leader of the Many Lodges, follows the trail of a brutal murderer, leaving behind his beloved woman, Small Doe. When his tracking party returns without him, the Sparrow Hawks' Real Chief pronounces him dead, insisting Small Doe grieve, but she cannot bring herself to give up hope her husband will return. The coming spring offers her few choices. She can accept the courageous new warrior chosen for her or risk falling prey to his war-society rivals.

Vengeance and loyalty, hatred and faithfulness, all vie within two enemy villages, one belonging to the Sparrow Hawks and the other the Allies, threatening to crush every hope of happiness for Small Doe and everyone she loves.

My Review

While this third book of the People of the Book series was not a quick, easy read, it was definitely worth it.  The story was full, abounding with pertinent descriptions of the Native American culture.  The characters had Indian names, of course, plus plenty of history from previous books, so I needed to read deliberately.  But the story was rich and meaningful and kept my attention throughout.

A reader would most appreciate this story after reading the previous two in the series, but enough background is given to allow it to stand alone.

I received a digital copy of this book from the author for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

Sydney Tooman Betts currently resides with her protagonist-inspiring husband at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. While single, Ms. Betts (B.S. Bible/Missiology, M.Ed with an emphasis on teaching reading) was involved in a variety of cross-cultural adventures in North and Central America. After marrying, she and her husband lived in Europe and the Middle East where he served in various mission-support capacities. Her teaching experiences span preschool to guest lecturing at the graduate level and she has been privileged to serve as Sunday School Superintendent, Children's Church Director, or Women's Ministries facilitator in several evangelical denominations. Before penning her first novel, A River Too Deep, she wrote several stories included in an adult literacy program. Sydney Betts currently has two award winning books: A River too Deep and Light Bird's Song, currently on sale at your local bookstore.

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