Spirit Dance by Stephen G. Lonefeather
Heavy on Native American spiritual traditions, Spirit Dance is aptly titled.
This was a very optimistic story. I say “optimistic”, because about 98% of the characters maintained a level of positivism rivaled by nobody I’ve seen in real life. That’s the beauty of this story, I think.
Most of the stories we read are full of characters who either do a complete personality 180 or morph through a series of them. In Spirit Dance we’re treated who characters who, for the most part, keep their beliefs intact. And, most of the conflict is brought from the past. Lynn and Andy, our lead characters, have to overcome emotional baggage from failed marriages in order to move forward in their relationship. Lynn’s ex-husband makes an appearance, but I won’t spoil it for you.
Their friends, being subtly exposed to Lynn and Andy’s traditional Native American beliefs, develop an understanding of those beliefs and integrate many of them into their own lives.
Lonefeather tries to impart wisdoms on his readers, and I think he does it well, but at times I felt it was overdone, if not overwhelming. I haven’t decided if that’s good or bad, so please don’t interpret either way. This is just one of those books that needs to be read to be understood, so if you’re a reader who likes to learn about cultures in the guise of fiction this is up your alley.
I give it a 4/5 stars. You can get it here.