Wednesday, August 14, 2013

THE GUARDIAN FALLS by Florence B. Smith

This author has been a dear friend of mine for many years.  I have read several of her books and I think she hit a home-run with this one.  It tells the story of two Indian families and shows a different side of the Indians than those who fought and killed the white man.  Tamaka and Running Brook are two Apache friends who learn to follow the way of peace and try to stop the vicious hatred, the killings and destruction of some of their people.  But as in all races there are evil men who are arrogant and full of hate and you will encounter them in this story sadly.  This book was written as it says on the back of the book, "full of authenticity, Indian culture, Indian lore, real places and people".  The "secret valley" these folks find and begin to build into a community sounds like a place I would have liked to have visited.

You will watch Tamaka and his friend Running Brook grow up, get married and have children.  They will face many obstacles, but their friendship stands strong and so does their heritage.  There will be happy marriages, sad family hatred and best of all a coming to know and depend on the God that Parson Isaac will share with these precious Indians in Secret Valley.  This story will take you back in time and let you walk among the Apache tribe of Secret Valley.  Enjoy!

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