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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
Dovetails in Tall Grass by Samantha Specks is the story of Emma and Oenkika; two young women trying to understand and change the direction of the problems between the white man and the Dakota Indians. The year is 1862, and the place is Minnesota. The event centers around the execution of 38 Native Americans, some innocent, some guilty of attacking the white man. The Sioux are being pushed off their land and given nothing to help them survive in this new world so they are ready to fight for what they believe is theirs. When Emma and her sister are attacked on their farm, life quickly changes for them. Oenkika watches the Dakota-Sioux attack as her husband is drawn into the battle against the white man. Tashunke is the husband of Oenkika and a hero to Emma and her sister. Both young women are forced to follow their hearts and do what they believe is best for their tribe, family, and country.
Dovetails in Tall Grass contains plenty of facts that Samantha Specks pulls into the fictional story, making it real and exciting. I found myself rooting for both sides and many of the involved players. Dovetails in Tall Grass is a western story of farmers against Native Americans, a story of love between husband and wife, sisters, family, tribes, and friends. Dovetails in Tall Grass would make a great TV movie and, hopefully, there is a second follow-up book. I would love to learn how both Emma and Oenkika have fared. I highly recommend Dovetails in Tall Grass. It is a top-notch winner.