Historical fiction

Catching Currents by Kari August

Sagas come in different forms. This one had its own meandering and scenic route(literally and figuratively). I must say that the author’s note at the end is a must-read because it elevates the content to a different level.

We begin at the late teens of our protagonists. We have multiple main characters to focus on while only getting the primary narration from Teddie and Sally. The former a product of frontier life and the latter, a city girl who calls herself a socialist who wants to go to college. Their paths cross because of Teddie’s sister.

The story sees them well into middle age, and the fascinating parts are those changes that happen around them. The acceptable versus non-acceptable behaviours in a young country is addressed. I liked all the people introduced to us, felt they had enough of individualism to come across as unique characters during the narration, but I thought the story itself was a little slow. The writing is simple, sometimes a little too much so, when it comes to relationships. There is nothing wrong with such a presentation, it just wasn’t something I expected. Given that as the situation, I felt this could be read by a younger audience than I would have assumed given the genre.

We see the transition of people from one form of life to the growth of a whole city. It was a different read, and I think it might interest people who have ever lived in Colorado.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience and the time it took for me to read it.

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