Saturday, September 6, 2014

Beneath a Navajo Moon - by Lisa Carter

Beneath a Navajo Moon Cover

About the book:

Discover what happens when love and danger collide deep in the heart of the Navajo Nation.

The search for a woman who disappeared in 1906 has lead cultural anthropologist Erin Dawson to Cedar Canyon, where the iconic terrain of red rock walls and mesas keep Navajo traditions—and maybe criminal evidence—well hidden. When Erin’s search leads her to cross paths with tribal policeman Adam Silverhorn, it’s hardly love at first sight. But everywhere she turns, Adam is already there.

Fighting their feelings for each other, the two are suddenly thrust into a battle far more dangerous—a common quest to rout an insidious drug cartel that has spawned the recent rise in gang violence on the reservation. Adam’s position of authority gives Erin a rare glimpse into Navajo life few outsiders like her ever see—and into a crime ring that no one dares to imagine. As danger mounts, Adam and Erin begin to wonder if they will live to tell how they really feel.

My review:

This was a fascinating story that I did not want to put down!  I loved the character of Erin, a follower of God but very attracted to Adam, an unbeliever.  She was strong and sassy and gave Adam a run for his money.  I liked Adam, too, but it was a little frustrating to see some of the choices he made, especially when he was felt he could run his own life better than God could.  Faith and the power of prayer were very important elements in the story and they were done very well.  I liked the discussions Erin and Adam would have about God and I especially liked Erin's struggle to be obedient, no matter the cost.  It was fascinating to learn about the Navajo culture and so sad to read about what many of them endured at the hands of the government, especially taking away their children to go to mission schools.  This fact was what led Erin there in the first place and I loved the sections that focused on the woman Erin's trying to track down.  I like stories with a mix of contemporary and historical elements.  I appreciated a look into a culture I'm not very familiar with and I'm glad to see more stories being published about Native Americans in the Christian market.  I really liked the other characters, too, and felt they added much to the story.  The romance was fun and their banter amusing.  This is the third book I've read of Carter's and I've enjoyed them all!  She's become an author to watch for me.  I highly recommend this book!

I received this book free from Abingdon Press in exchange for an honest review.

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