by Karen Kay

July 2003
ISBN: 0-380-82067-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback

Kalifornia (Kali) Wallace and her father make their living out of capturing the beauty and allure of different cultures through their books. Now their travels have brought them to an Indian reservation in the mountains of Montana, in the hopes of being allowed to learn about a Blackfoot tribe.

Despite having attended a “white” school, Soaring Eagle does not trust nor holds a lot of respect for white people. When Kali and her father are introduced to his community, he does not disguise his disdain towards them.

Shortly after meeting Kali, Soaring Eagle realizes that she is not like the rest of the white people that he has had to deal with. Soon, circumstances bring Kali and Soaring Eagle together. He agrees to help her convince his tribe to allow Kali to take pictures at the reservation as they are about to perform the Medicine Pipe ritual.

In Soaring Eagle`s Embrace, Karen Kay brings us a bit of the beauty and poignancy of the Blackfeet people`s folklore. Even though Native Americans are cast in this story under a somewhat romanticized light (hey, this is a romance after all), it isn`t the least bit detrimental to the plot. Both main characters are engaging and well-developed. Kali is a strong heroine, a bit stubborn, but not overwhelmingly so. Soaring Eagle is a perfect hero. He knows what he wants, but he is willing to be patient. Their love is a love that transcends time, race and cultural differences. The story is laced with “magical” or supernatural elements which certainly provide an interesting “twist”. “Soaring Eagle`s Embrace” makes quite an enjoyable read.

Reviewed in August 2003 by Mireya.

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