Morning for Dove by Martha Rogers
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Set in a time when Oklahoma was only a territory, Morning for Dove by Martha Rogers is a compelling novel depicting the nature of love and the racism and intolerance which defined this time period. Falling in love with a Native American is looked down upon in Barton Creek, even if it is only a Native American heritage the object of one's affection possesses. That does stop Luke Anderson. As he falls deeper in love with Dove, he can only hope that his parents can learn to see past Dove's skin color to the beauty that lies beneath. Unfortunately Luke's parents' judgement stops short at the telltale color of Dove's skin and hair. Does their relationship even stand a chance? Will Luke's family change their mind or will Luke have to choose between Dove and the people whose blood courses through his veins? In the face of fire, Luke will decide....who will it be?
Morning for Dove is an enthralling novel that I could barely put down. It also brings to the forefront an often forgotten prejudice against Native Americans that at one point was unfortunately quite prevalent. Mrs. Rogers weaves a tale that will make you wish you could jump ahead to read the ending, but I challenge you to wait it out and savor the details. The beauty of this tale is contained in the details between the artistic covers. This novel was clearly written and easy to follow. I also appreciate that Mrs. Rogers dives directly into the story line in the beginning. She is to be commended for her skill of depicting the setting while hooking the reader into the story all within the first few pages of the novel. Well done!
A copy of Morning for Dove was provided by Glass Road PR for review purposes. This has in no way altered the content of this review.
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