Fired from her job as editor-in-chief of a New York fashion magazine, Zora Hughes travels to a South Dakota Indian reservation. She hopes to find answers to lifelong dreams her psychiatrist calls genetic memories. Zora dreams of a female ancestor who fled life as a slave and was aided in her journey to freedom by a Sioux warrior who would become her husband.
On the reservation, Zora meets Captain John Iron Hawk who aids and sometimes hinders her in her quest to find answers to the murder of her forebearer.
Zora sees the parallel between her life and that of her long dead ancestor's. Try as she might, she can't resist the lure of loving John Iron Hawk, a contemporary Sioux warrior.
But someone will do anything, including murder, to stop Zora from digging up the past.
What made the experience of listening to Lakota Dreaming the most enjoyable?
This was my first novel by Constance Gillam, and I enjoyed this story that weaved together Native American and African American characters. A female and a male narrator voiced all the characters in the book, and they did such an excellent job, I often forgot that this wasn't a cast of several different people. The story itself has a lot of tension and suspense, and the narrators capture those scenes flawlessly. I typically listen to audiobooks while I'm in my car , but found myself popping my headset on while doing housework and running errands so that I wouldn't have to wait for the next chapter. Looking forward to reading more from Constance Gillam and hearing these narrators in additional works.
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Can someone please make this a movie? I need to see this book come to life. Why am I just finding about this author? This is the kind of book that makes me a happy reader.
This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to this year. I was involved in these characters' lives to the point that I wanted to cry at the sorrows that they had to endure and they had endured. Lakota Dreaming was a mystery and a romance. Zora, Sarah, Julia, and some of the other characters had my heart, and when I found out about the mystery involving Julia and Sarah, I wanted to know more. I needed to know what Julia's life was like and why someone wanted to keep her and Sarah a mystery. Zora made me want to shake some sense into her. I wanted to tell her, "WAKE UP! You are not being called to this place just for your ancestors, but your future lies in front of you!" I was pleased with how it ended, and now I'm going to read book 2 because I need to know what happens next in Zora's life.
This was a riveting story with characters brought to vivid life by two outstanding narrators. I was sorry to see the second in the series is not yet available but when it is I will definitely be adding it to my library.