I received a free e-copy of this book to review as part of a Zooloo’s Book Blog Tour campaign.
About the book:
Twenty-one-year-old Skye Willis lives in Eufaula, Alabama, a tourist mecca of stately homes and world-class bass fishing. Her childhood friends are either stuck at dead ends or have moved on to accomplish Big Things.
Skye’s grandmother, Verna, insists on being called “Sparrow” because she suspects her ancestors were Muscogee Creek. She dresses in faux deerskin and experiments with ancient Native American recipes, offering a myth or legend to anyone who will listen.
Skye has no idea what to do with her life. She’s smart as hell, but she has no faith or knowledge there’s something out there she was “born to do.” Nor does she know much of anything about her father, who died in Afghanistan when she was a toddler. He and his family are a mystery her mother won’t discuss.
But when Sparrow sets out to confirm her Creek ancestry through genetic testing, Skye joins in.
The results hit like a DNA bomb, launching them both on a path filled with surprises and life-changing events.
Skye learns a harder truth than she ever expected.
Alternating chapters between Skye’s Alabama life and an intertwining tale of greed, deceit, and control in Texas, this story offers proof that all life is a woven tapestry of past, present, and future.
A lovely book with truly gorgeous writing about life, connectedness, and the enduring love of our ancestors.
One of my favourite quotes from the book: “Another thing Mama said. We’re all part of a tapestry bigger than any of us can imagine, weaving in and out and creating a glorious picture. All of us, from the beginning of time …”
This interconnectedness is a theme throughout the whole story. Main character Skye along with her mother and grandmother (affectionately known as Sparrow) form a triad of relatable, empathetic, and lovable characters. Sparrow in particular will hold a special place in your heart as you read about her overriding drive to help Skye connect with her father.
The Texas storyline is equally riveting, with dodgy and deceitful characters, many of whom you can’t help but hope will receive some payback for their bad behaviour.
I cannot recommend this book enough. So good!