Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Book Review: The Buckskin Trail by Joann Arnold

The Buckskin Trail






“This is what my parents died for?” Kelzi whispered, looking at the battered buckskin.
Ahyoka nodded. “And now you must take it with you and protect it.”

A miracle saved Kelzi’s life when she was younger, now it’s her turn to save others. When Kelzi discovers the truth about her parents' deaths, she steps onto a dangerous path, one where she must avenge those who have died and protect the land of her Cherokee people—at any cost.



I signed up for the blog tour for The Buckskin Trail because the cover and blurb made it sound like a wilderness adventure. I hadn't read anything like that for a while and it seemed fun.

Unfortunately, I was mistaken. Although there are a few beautiful scenes with nature as the backdrop, most of this drama takes place in a courtroom and lawyer's offices. While that's not at all my cup of cocoa, The Buckskin Trail did have it's merits. Right from the beginning I could tell this story was written by an educated, seasoned writer. The opening scene was gripping and kept me going for quite a while. The plot was slow at times, but right as I would be getting bored, something tragic or shocking would happen. One of the best characters was a Scottish spirit that guides our heroine through some rough patches. His dialogue is written to be true to the accent, so unless you've read Outlander, you may have a hard time understanding him at times. But he's cute, and I really enjoyed reading about him. 

I also loved the message of this book. The author brought across a certain spirituality without being to preachy, which I find is hard to do. I just wish this book had more adventure of the nature variety. I wanted to see more of the Cherokee culture incorporated into the story. And for that reason, I didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would, but, it's still a good book - especially if you love courtroom dramas and Hallmark movies. :)

3 stars
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