Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Book Review: Calico

               Today's review is on Calico by Allison Bruning

Calico is a delightful story of a young French noble who was born on the land of the Shawnee Indians; along with her twin sister. Choosing to stay among the Shawnee, Calico struggles to become a woman worthy of a Shawnee man. She can not sew well or do bead work very well. She is however good at getting on the nerves of Little Owl Quick As The Wind.

Little Owl and Calico; who's name is changed to Snow Vision Seeker Buffalo Woman, have been at odds with each other all of their lives. The anger Little Owl has towards the white man is so strong that he can hardly stand her being in the village. but as we know, there is a fine line between love and hate.

While dealing with the death of his father; the War Chief, Little Owl is shocked to learn from his Spirit Guide that he must be the one to protect Calico from "A man whose heart appears pure" but is not. Upon returning to the village he competes with his brothers to become the War Chief, and bids for Calico's hand.

Calico is constantly beaten and raped by someone in the village and becomes pregnant. After their marriage, Little Owl feels that he has been deceived and leaves Calico with her bastard child Black Buffalo. He has tried time and time again to find out who the father is and who is beating her to no avail. All she gives him are riddles and says that he will kill her if she tells anyone.

Calico is a fantastic love story filled with history. Her knowledge of the Shawnee Indians adds to this book. Authentic Shawnee vocabulary; though sometimes difficult for me to pronounce, was fantastic. You can tell that Bruning has done extensive research in this area for her book.

Though I really enjoyed reading Calico, there was a tremendously large amount of editing mistakes throughout. Also, at times I felt that the story dragged on. Did the parts about Alexander really need to be in the book? I'm not to certain about that.

3.5 of 5 stars
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