Shortlisted for Book of the Month
Romance / family drama
Northwest Territory North America –
Mist-chi-mas: A Novel of Captivity is a powerful story of two people’s lives, their joys, and their heartaches. When Jeannie Naughton Pierce leaves England and journeys to the Pacific Northwest of the 1860s, she hopes to find peace and a life free from the meddling banter of friends and family. Jeannie turns to the one person in her life, her deceased aunt's husband, for support and a chance to start anew. Once Jeannie arrives to the Northwest Territory with her young son, the one person Jeannie does find in her new life is Jonas Breed, her heart's true love. Their forbidden romance spans decades and takes readers on the unexpected journeys of the two star-crossed lovers.
The author does an exceptional job weaving the events of the time period into the conflicts that create the adventures experienced by Jonas and Jeannie. Oakley opens the readers’ eyes to the struggles of the native cultures, the discord between the immigrant cultures, and the sea faring trades that are shaping the future of the territory. Not only does Oakley capture the strength of the people, but she also captures their weaknesses. Her knowledge of the 1860s generate a passion and hope in her readers that Jeannie and Jonas eventually find a way past the worldly disputes of the time to find their everlasting fairytale ending.
What everlasting means in a fairy tale is wholly different to what it means in a story mirroring characters that could have lived in a real place and time. As much as an everlasting fairytale ending would be stereotypically satisfying, Oakley stays true to her story. She respects the realities of life and stays true to the story’s theme, and the meaning of mist-chi-mas.
Mist-chi-mas: A Novel of Captivity is a story that dives deep into the human psyche. It is the story of how a young boy rises above his fate to become the master of his destiny. It is the story of a young woman who overcomes the ideologies of her society to free her inner soul to become the woman she was born to be. It is, in short, a wonderful story!
© Cathy Smith
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