The Healing of Natalie Curtis by Jane Kirkpatrick

About the Book

After classically trained musician Natalie Curtis faces a career downfall, she joins her brother on the Western frontier.  There she discovers the beautiful music of the indigenous Native Americans.  However, she soon realizes that their music is under attack and in danger of extinction after an American law prohibits them from singing, dancing, or speaking their native tongue.  Based on a true story, this remarkable tale follows Natalie’s fight to preserve the customs of the Native Americans.

About the Author

Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times and CBA bestselling and award-winning author of 40 books, including Something Worth DoingOne More River to CrossEverything She Didn’t SayAll Together in One PlaceA Light in the WildernessThe Memory WeaverThis Road We Traveled, and A Sweetness to the Soul, which won the prestigious Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center. Her works have won the WILLA Literary Award, the Carol Award for Historical Fiction, and the 2016 Will Rogers Gold Medallion Award. Jane divides her time between Central Oregon and California with her husband, Jerry, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Caesar. Learn more at http://www.jkbooks.com.

My Thoughts

What a fascinating story!  I really like how Jane Kirkpatrick typically writes stories that are based on true historical characters.  Natalie Curtis is an incredible woman who was passionate about the indigenous Native Americans.  This book contains great depth as Natalie faces great trials, but also develops tenacity as she fights for what she believes in.  I enjoyed reading about her personal journey and thought the author did a good job of giving us a fictional perspective of this amazing woman.  I did think parts of the story were a little slow and occasionally this read more as non-fiction than fiction, but I think that the book is well written and worth reading.  I think that if you like novels that focus on the history and the story, then this book is for you!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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