Thursday, September 23, 2021

Review: The Healing of Natalie Curtis by Jane Kirkpatrick

The Healing of Natalie Curtis by Jane Kirkpatrick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Classically trained pianist and singer Natalie Curtis isolated herself for five years after a breakdown just before she was to debut with the New York Philharmonic. Guilt-ridden and songless, Natalie can't seem to recapture the joy music once brought her. In 1902, her brother invites her to join him in the West to search for healing. What she finds are songs she'd never before encountered--the haunting melodies, rhythms, and stories of Native Americans.

But their music is under attack. The US government's Code of Offenses prohibits American's indigenous people from singing, dancing, or speaking their own languages as the powers that be insist on assimilation. Natalie makes it her mission not only to document these songs before they disappear but to appeal to President Teddy Roosevelt himself, who is the only man with the power to repeal the unjust law. Will she succeed and step into a new song . . . and a new future?

Award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick weaves yet another lyrical tale based on a true story that will keep readers captivated to the very end. 

My Review: 

I found Jane Kirkpatrick’s newest release, The Healing of Natalie Curtis, to be a fascinating read. I adored Natalie with her determination and courage throughout the book. I was intrigued that she was actually part of history. She is one that I was able to connect with and relate to. I enjoyed the historical details that made me feel as though I was right there and transported back in time. I thought this was a pretty good story to read. The author obviously did her research to bring Natalie back to life.

I am giving The Healing of Natalie Curtis four and a half stars. I recommend it for readers who enjoy reading clean Historical Fiction based on true events.

I received a paperback copy of The Healing of Natalie Curtis from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.

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