Raindrops might be gently falling on your head as you breeze through this spring issue in your hands, but take heart: sunny skies and beautiful blossoms are just a whisper away.
Like most of you, the LOL are happy to bid adieu to winter, but we did relish some heart-warming reads during the cold season.
And we’re excited to delve into a survival story and some historical fiction this spring. Stay tuned for all the juicy details in the next issue of Okanagan Woman. For recipes and more, check us out at shannonlinden.ca.
Meanwhile, here’s a look at two outstanding novels, worthy of enjoyment any time of the year.
News of the World
by Paulette Jiles
The year is 1870 and the Old West is as wild and unwelcoming as the Devil with horns on. This is especially true for a ten-year old girl raised by the Kiowa who killed her family and the 71-year old war veteran and widower charged with transporting her across Texas.
It’s a state in turmoil thanks to a corrupt Union-appointed government, mandated to rule former Confederates. Danger lurks down the barrel of every gun toting, trigger-happy, citizen, but Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Kep-dun to his charge) is undeterred. Accepting gold for payment, he takes on the weightier moral responsibility of ensuring Johanna Leonberger’s safety.
The two must cover 400 unrelenting miles in a patched-up wagon, pulled by a faithful horse, traveling from Wichita Falls to San Antonio. Through inclement weather and over unforgiving landscape, threatened by human predators, hungry as wolves, the Kep-dun must deliver Johanna to the only family she has left: an aunt and uncle she cannot remember.