Excerpt: "I heard what you said. And I understand your concerns. But how can we not return to Lizzie after I've told her I'll help her? She's already been rejected by the tribe. We can't reject her, too." Her voice wavered with emotion.
Clay examined his stepsister with narrowed eyes. "You feel strongly about this."
She nodded, strands of red-gold hair flying around her face. But she didn't offer any further reason for her adamancy.
He gave her had a pat and then leaned his elbows on his knees. "But we have to consider the consequences of going against the leaders' wishes - being branded traitors could result in our removal from the village. After all our work on the mission building, I don't want to start over somewhere else, do you?"
"Clay, you're making excuses." Vivian's tone, though gentle, cut him to the core. "You know the right thing to do." A Whisper of Peace, pg 72.
Back Cover: Ostracized by her tribe because of her white father, Lizzie Dawson lives alone in the mountains of Alaska, practicing the ways of her people even as she resides in a small cabin her father built for her mother. She dreams of reconciling with her grandparents to fulfill her mother's dying request, but she has not yet found a way to bridge the gap that separates her from her tribe.
Clay Shelby has always wanted to be like his father, a missionary who holds a great love for the native people and has brought many to God. Clay arrives in Alaska to set up a church and school among the Athabascans. He is totally focused on this goal...until he meets a young, independent Indian woman with the most striking blue eyes he's ever seen.
But Lizzie is clearly not part of the tribe. And befriending her might have dire consequences for his mission. Will Clay be forced to choose between his desire to minister to the natives and the quiet nudging of his heart?
My Review: A Whisper of Peace takes the reader on a journey through the rugged beauty of the Alaskan wilderness. It also explores the paths of forgiveness in the hearts of people weighed down by the past, and longing for a freer future. The story line is expertly crafted, and wonderful to read. Kim's characters are realistically flawed, and grow as the story progresses. Each character has strong drives, and it is easy to see why they respond the way that they do. I really enjoyed this story.
My Recommendation: I recommend this book to fans of Kim Vogel Sawyer and lovers of historical fiction.
(I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.)