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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Stories of the Mother Bear is a work of recent historical fiction penned by author Myrtle Brooks. Set from the 1950s onwards in the life of student (and later full time) journalist Bill Larkin, the story depicts the mysterious encounters with a silver-haired grizzly bear in the Grand Teton National Park. It seems that those who meet this Mother Bear are changed forever by it, and Bill knows the concept all too well. He returns with his family to investigate events, dating the Mother Bear back to an encounter with black cowboys and a family with their own unsettled past. All of the mysteries converge amid the beautiful setting of trails and mountains until a Native American elder helps Bill find the real answers he seeks.
Author Myrtle Brooks has created a highly immersive and wonderful tale that can be enjoyed by readers from different generations together. Bill Larkin is a trusty central character, along with a host of other voices which lend themselves to the experiences with the Mother Bear and what it means to connect with the spiritual and the natural world. I liked the descriptions of Teton, past and nearer to the present, which were so vivid that these made you feel as if you were there amongst nature. The dialogue between the characters was apt and appropriate for the time, encouraging a stronger sense of period for the more recent historical moments. Overall, Stories of the Mother Bear is an immersive and insightful drama that all readers are sure to enjoy.