Tidewater by Libbie Hawker


WARNING WARNING WARNING WARNING WARNING WARNING WARNING WARNING  If you’re looking to read a story about Pocahontas that is just like the Disney movie, THIS IS NOT THE BOOK FOR YOU. But don’t not give it a chance just because it’s not what you’re used to. I will admit that when I picked this book up, I was looking for the same thing. I had, up until this point, only ever seen the Disney movie about Pocahontas and I wanted to read a book telling the story. Luckily, at least in my opinion, the ending of this book came up so quickly that I didn’t realize that see Goodreads review for spoiler. Libbie Hawker did such an excellent job of weaving the story of Pocahontas so completely that I wasn’t even mad about it though. 

When the story ended, I spent quite a few moments thinking about how the story unfolded and trying to decide how I felt about it. Did I hate it just because it didn’t end the way I thought it should? But then I went on and read Hawker’s notes about her research and found that the story that I just listened to (since I did “read” this one on audiobook) was as accurate as she could make it based off of the information she found related to these characters. It was interesting reading about these well-known characters without having a love-story hanging around in the background. It enabled me to really get a feel for Pocahontas and John Smith. I walked away from this book with such a feeling of satisfaction, despite the fact that there wasn’t necessarily what us readers call a “happily-ever-after.”

Give this one a try. I promise, you’ll like it more than you think you will.


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