Title: Shadow of Time
Author: Jen Minkman
Release Date: January 2013
All Hannah needs is a nice and quiet vacation after her first year of teaching French at a high school. She joins her brother Ben for the summer in their mom’s log cabin in Arizona. There, she meets Josh again, Ben’s childhood friend from the Navajo reservation. The little boy from the rez has grown up fast, and Hannah can’t help but feeling more for him than just friendship.
But fate apparently has something else in store for her. And it’s not peace and quiet. Night after night, Hannah is plagued by strange nightmares about the past of Navajo Nation and terrifying shadows chasing her. They seem to come closer – and why is Josh always present in her dreams?
Sometimes, the past has a way of catching up with you.
I love it when I come across a book that sounds interesting upon reading the summary but then becomes so much more when you actually read the book. The writing was excellent, story line unique and very well researched. This book incorporated clean romance, Native American spiritualism (specifically Navajo), supernatural/paranormal content, historical references, and included characters that don’t fit the normal ‘type’- which was quite refreshing to me, however some may be uncomfortable with reading about characters that fall outside the ‘norm.’ For instance you have age differences, smokers, lesbians and spiritual shamans verses a typical young adult romance that features the ‘girl next door’ and her ‘crush’ down the street. What I loved about the characters were how intertwined they became… like an extended family. You can feel the closeness, trust and love between them which made the main characters connection even more real.
Hannah and Josh, the two main love interests in this book, grew up together each summer but haven’t seen each other in four years. When they reunite there is an instant attraction which is awkward at first for Hannah since she is about 6 years older than Josh. At the beginning the attraction seems rushed however as the story progresses you find out why they have an instant connection and root for them.
This story stayed with me for days after reading it. I’ve read a few Native American fiction and I feel that this was very well done. However, not being of Navajo decent I cannot state whether the author’s depictions are accurate. But, to me, it was well done (especially when I read the author notes about never stepping foot on Navajo soil!).
If you enjoy supernatural, paranormal, and not-your-typical romance then you will enjoy this book. Recommend for Young Adult and older.
Rating: 4.5 Stars – Highly Recommend!
Content: Relatively clean with some language. If age expectations (the guy is younger than the girl), smoking (cigarettes) and having a lesbian couple (side characters) in a story offends you, then this book may not be for you.
Source: Received book from Author for honest review.