The Healing of Natalie Curtis by Jane Kirkpatrick

This was such a fascinating read! I really had no idea of all of the things that the US government did to Native Americans, in thinking that they were integrating them into the white mens ways. This novel is based on the true story of Natalie Curtis who did all she could to change and save their language, dance and song- which had been deemed forbidden under the Code of Offenses. At the time she had a very close connection to President Roosevelt, who did take the time to listen to her after she had been out west to see all the was happening to them.

Natalie Curtis gets invited to head out west with her brother. It had done him wonders for his health, and maybe this will help Natalie find herself again. Along the way to their journey west, Natalie meets various characters who help to pique her interest in what is happening to the Native Americans, and she quickly finds what her meaning in life will be. Saving these songs, language and words before they are lost to history like a lot of other things that have already been taken from them.

The author did an amazing job of writing this story. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the different tribes; their beliefs, songs, stories and folklore. She does a great job in making you see nature how they view it, and that it is to be honored in it gives us everything to live and it is not just ours to own and take as we please. The author did a great job in researching Natalie Curtis, and detailing all that she did to make a difference and save history. Thank you to Revell for the free book through the blogger program. I have already ordered other novels of hers to read.

~ Bookbub – About the Author ~

Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times and CBA bestselling author of more than 30 books, including A Light in the Wilderness, The Memory Weaver, This Road We Traveled, and A Sweetness to the Soul, which won the prestigious Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center. Her works have been finalists for the Christy Award, Spur Award, Oregon Book Award, and Reader’s Choice awards, and have won the WILLA Literary Award, USABestBooks, the Carol Award for Historical Fiction, and the 2016 Will Rogers Medallion Award. Jane lives in Central Oregon with her husband, Jerry. Learn more at

~ Other novels by Jane Kirkpatrick ~

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