Starts well with interesting little stories, that become tedious and cover the main plot(s). The pages are too 'stuffed'. Written in small script, that would be double the 656pg in regular size letering. Would have been better read if it was made into a 2 or 3 volume 'saga'. I had high hopes for it with all the 4* reviews but I just couldn't get in to it.
The story of Tiana of the Cherokee, The young Sam Houston, and The Trai of Tears.
An emotional journey into the heart of a heroic woman and the mind of a man torn between love and destiny. A novel of quiet power, painstaking research and pure storytelling.
This book is about the relationshp between Sam Houston(before he was a general)with an Indian Woman. This is fiction! I thought it was very interesting.
The book description makes this sound like a romance, but it's so much more than that! It's also the story of the Cherokee people and the Trail of Tears, and the Alamo. This book is just great, although very sad. Lucia St. Clair Robson is one of my favorite authors.
Good book, while not historically authentic as in the people and personal experiences, it does have a lot of good info and great research to back it on a lot of the other stuff.
Lucia St. Clair Robsons specialty is historical fiction utilizing as main characters Native American women whose family ties place them near people and events of importance, and she does it well. Walk in My Soul tells the story of the Cherokee Removal, first from their ancestral lands and then from a succession of treaty lands given to them by the American government, only to be claimed by ever advancing white settlers. Used as political pawns, betrayed time and time again, the Cherokees' removal, culminating in the infamous Trail of Tears in 1838, is a grim story of greed and brutality. Robson has a tougher time making Sam Houston, who lived for a time among the Cherokee and married the books' main character, medicine woman Tiana Rodgers, into a heroic figure. Houston by all accounts was a hard drinking, politically savvy man who frequently took the main chance for himself in his long career, from serving under Andrew Jackson during the War of 1812 to being largely responsible for the disaster at the Alamo. Its an uphill battle to make him the object of Tianas abiding love, and if Robson fails in this it is because she could not alter Houstons role in history for the convenience of an epic love story.
Enjoyed learning about Cherokee life before they became Plains Indians.