Friday, December 20, 2013

The Spirit Keeper: A Novel by K.B. Laugheed + Giveaway

A fiery frontier woman falls deeply in love with her Native American captor on an epic journey

The thirteenth child conceived of miserable Irish exiles, Katie O’Toole dreams of a different life. Little does she know that someone far away is dreaming of her.
In 1747, savages raid her family home, and seventeen-year-old Katie is taken captive. Syawa and Hector have been searching for her, guided by Syawa’s dreams. A young Holyman, Syawa believes Katie is the subject of his Vision: the Creature of Fire and Ice, destined to bring a great gift to his people. Despite her flaming hair and ice-blue eyes, Katie is certain he is mistaken, but faced with
returning to her family, she agrees to join them. She soon discovers that in order to fulfill Syawa’s Vision, she must first become his Spirit Keeper, embarking on an epic journey that will change her life—and heart—forever.

Growing up I loved watching movies with my dad. It was something he and I did, we were both movie buffs. Never on my own would I have watched an old western or a science fiction movie, but happily I would sit and watch with him and a big bowl of popcorn between us. Even now when my husband puts on a movie I will wonder if my dad would have enjoyed this movie. When I read the synopsis of THE SPIRIT KEEPER I couldn't help but think of my dad. I surely have not read any book about Indians and frontier life as an adult, but I thought if this was a movie dad and I would have watched. I knew I wanted to read it even though it isn't a typical genre I would read.

I was wrong, this is exactly the type of book I would read. A story of a young seventeen year old girl taken from her family and begins an epic adventure of traveling across American with strangers, a journey of self discovery. Wow. There was nothing about this book I didn't love! I loved how Laugheed used just the right about of dialect in her writing, so I could clearly 'hear' Katie. I loved the interesting discovery of how two cultures lived, as Katie and her companions, Syawa and Hector travel.

THE SPIRIT KEEPER read easily and quickly. I had an inkling on how the story might progress, but it was so much more. I was captivated by Katie's story. It opens up with her journaling about her journey. The story is through her eyes. When she loves, I loved. I felt like I was right there next to her during her travels.

I'm not one who is typically sad when a book ends. I see it's coming, I want to know how it's going to wrap up. As I began to notice I had very few pages left, I was sad. I wanted to stay with Katie. I wasn't ready to leave her or her adventure. This is a story of love, loss, adventure, letting go, and growing up. I am excited to recommend THE SPIRIT KEEPER and I hope you read it. I'm also so thankful to TLC for sending me a copy to review and to be able to offer a copy to giveaway to one lucky US/Cananda reader!
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K. B. Laugheed’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Wednesday, November 20th:  Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Monday, November 25th:  Book-alicious Mama
Tuesday, November 26th:  SusieBookWorm
Wednesday, November 27th:  Book Drunkard
Friday, November 29th:  WV Stitcher
Tuesday, December 3rd:  Unabridged Chick
Wednesday, December 4th:  Books Without Any Pictures
Thursdya, December 5th:  Book Marks the Spot
Monday, December 9th:  From the TBR Pile
Tuesday, December 10th:  Tiffany’s Bookshelf
Wednesday, December 11th:  No More Grumpy Bookseller
Thursday, December 12th:  Ageless Pages Reviews
Friday, December 13th:  Reading Reality
Monday, December 16th:  Let Them Read Books
Wednesday, December 18th:  Must Read Faster
Friday, December 20th:  A Novel Review
Monday, December 23rd:  Bloggin’ ‘Bout Books


  1. Love the reviews of this one. Thanks for the chance to win.


  2. Thanks for your wonderful review would love to read this book.

  3. This sounds like a great read! I have a few authors I read and feel the sadness you mention when nearing the end. I look forward to reading it! Thanks for the review!

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  5. I love books that deal with self-discovery!

  6. Your review has me so intrigued. jtretin at aol dot com

  7. The cover is gorgeous and just draws you in and after reading the synopsis of the story line I'm more intrigued. It sounds like a great book.

  8. I think I'd want to stay with Katie as well - she sounds like quite a wonderful character!

    Thanks for being on the tour.