In Plain Sight, Senayda Pierre
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Well, Senayda has written lots of novels and I’ve never read any. Still, this book really drew me in somehow so I asked to review it. Its a wonderful story, reminded me so much of the old Native American stories that I love. all about Nature, listening to her and respecting her. Everything has meaning, the humans and spirit animals are very entwined and the spirits need respect. Sadly though times move and with it so does that respect lessen a bit. Of course there’s also man’s interference, and as with the Bible the legends and tales become interpreted by Man, and who knows if their view is what was intended. Yuma and Sahalie are victims of that, of the elders interference, even though its done for the right motives it results in a disaster for them. Still, every cloud has a silver lining and all that, and it did make me wonder if things had been different would the good Sahalie was able to do, her full potential to help, have come out or been hidden as it had for so long?
Its a beautiful read, full of fabulous characters, personalities that we see in all communities, from outgoing and friendly to jealous and judgmental. Sahalie is a great lead, very respectful of her beloved grandfather, and I love the way his fox stays with her even after he’s passed. It comforts her and reminds her to adhere to his advice. Yuma – the consummate playboy in a way and yet he’s honest with the ladies, he’s promised to someone already, through his father, the head Elder in the community. Its his duty, his father has arranged this many years back, and its to help the dwindling lineages he’s told. They all know how weak they are becoming in lineage and abilities, and as a dutiful son he needs to go with what’s been arranged. All that is fine until he meets Sahalie. There’s something about her he just can’t let go of and soon they’re both in love, though neither will say the words. She doesn’t know about his arranged marriage/bonding, she’s been away studying to help the community for the last six years, so she is happy when Yuma talks about their future together and the children they will have. She’s in for a shock though when she finds out – and what a terrible way to discover the truth!! My heart was broken for her, she was so distraught. I really, really wanted things to work for her, she was so in love with Yuma, their spirit animals were so good together, ands when they were joined their abilities seemed so enhanced, as if Nature was giving them her blessing. Yuma though – in a way I hated him, he was so arrogant to begin, but he wore me down along with Sahalie. Would he stand up for Sahalie, and them as a pair though, and go against his father? There was a way out, but would his dad accept it and what would Yuma do if he didn’t? I know he was prepared to sacrifice his own happiness, but it was hers too – and he just seemed to go along as if somehow it would all work out and he could do his duty and still have Sahalie…..I guess its harder in our Western world of independence to understand the Eastern way of duty and respect to parents and elders, and though this is fantasy its very real in that outlook. When viewed at that way I did feel a bit more sorry for Yuma and understand a bit his reluctance to go against what was arranged by Elders.
Its a romance, but so much more. a real Story, with some wonderful ideas and descriptions and it felt so real that I had tears in parts. That’s just what I love, a novel that moves me that much. It all ends well too and I need that. A great read, full of questions, danger, past, present, angst love, premonitions and revelations. I really enjoyed it and it’ll join my keepers file.
Stars: a well deserved Five.
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