Warm up your Kindles, Everybody, ’cause you’re going to want to read this book.
I’m happy to present Joanne Lamond’s review of her book, Daughter of the Sun: The Herbolaria’s Story.
Joanne is an friend of mine from the time when the Gainesville SCBWI critique group was first formed in 2002. We were sorry when she moved away because she showed excellent insight into the stories that were read for critiquing.
Barbara, my first adult novel is now available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble as an e-book. Daughter of the Sun: The Herbolaria’s Story is a fast-paced, carefully researched historical account of life in Spanish la Florida in the late 17th Century. Set in the Timucuan province of Potano, near modern-day Gainesville, Florida, the story centers around a young native healer, Esperanza. Love for her people and her heritage forces her to choose a course that puts her in conflict with Spanish authority and the Church. Her trek across northern Florida to save her friends from English invaders and pirates ultimately saves her people, who are on the verge of extinction.
As a native Floridian I have always been intrigued by the history of this Spanish colonial period. Living near Gainesville and my alma mater, the University of Florida, rekindled this interest and I started writing a children’s novel. But the more I researched and wrote, the more my characters begged to be adults fighting for their survival. The ending came to me quickly. In reading William Bartram’s account of his journeys through the south, I came upon a description of a beautiful race of women living in a swampy area of northern Florida and southern Georgia. Their men were fierce warriors. The women prayed with rosaries and spoke a strange language. He dubbed them Daughters of the Sun. So, though Esperanza’s story begins in the beautiful, rolling hills of Potano, it ends in the Okefenokee Swamp.
I hope your readers enjoy my book.
Thank you again for including an announcement on your blog.
I would like to add that Joanne did a wonderful job of incorporating native American words and folk tales into her book. Her characters are alive with purpose and emotions and her word pictures show old Florida in its wild simplicity. The conflicts are life and death struggles.