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It is with great pleasure that I present today's BOOK OF THE DAY, "Kuwômôyush - I Love You" by Christopher L Smith. It is a rare find when you get to read historical fiction, based on a true story, that engages you and keeps your interest. This book does. It is beautifully written transporting the reader to another time and place to British colonization What I love is the mixture of cultures dating back centuries as the characters are forced to marry. The author's vivid description of places and emotions, it brilliant. It is an absolute must-read by all accounts. Order your copy today!
Kuwômôyush- the Mohegan saying for "I love you." Based on the true story of Rebecca, daughter of the Grand Sachem of the Montauk, and Lieutenant Francis Bell, a British colonial officer. In the early 1600s, British settlers arrived in the New World. As they arrived, they found a land populated with many different civilizations, one of which was the Montauk tribe, led by Grand Chief Sachem Wyandanch. His daughter Rebecca is betrothed, and on her wedding night, she is kidnapped. Lieutenant Francis Bell of the British leads the negotiations to free her. They are two people from entirely different civilizations who learn of each other, fall in love and face many challenges to their love being from two different cultures, facing enemies within and without.
Christopher Smith is a former homeless person, accomplished board-certified practicing physician, and former faculty member at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Chris’ second career as an author was inspired by his desire to give hope to others. Chris grew up in extreme poverty and had varying degrees of homelessness throughout his childhood. Chris plans to use the proceeds from book sales to fund a scholarship program for disadvantaged youth.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 21, 2022
This is a beautiful and thoughtful novel. I love the focus on cultural differences and the historical setting. The backdrop of British colonization in the 1600s along with the multicultural bent reminds me a bit of the romantic subplot in the classic “Shogun” but this seems like a more fleshed-out look at how love can span across any boundary!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 16, 2022
Kuwoyomush is a fascinating mix of historical fiction and romance that centers around the characters of Rebecca and Francis. I enjoyed how the writing taps into the emotions of the characters, and you can vividly feel what they’re feeling and thinking. The author also describes an interesting dynamic between the tribes and the Englishmen. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a unique novel with actual history.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 19, 2022
The author has a brilliant way of writing a compelling love story with a strong feminine presence. Something that is lacking in most contemporary romances. It also helps that the story is historically accurate.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 14, 2022
Excellent story to tow people who fall in love despite their differences between their cultures. The story is respectful of both cultures without drawing in typical stereotypes. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel from beginning to end and wanted to keep reading to see what happened.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 18, 2022
I really enjoyed this love story between two people that were not supposed to normally fall in love. It was thrilling and sweet, basically all the good parts of a romantic book. I would definitely recommend this to others!