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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