Sunday, March 22, 2015

Manroot Book Review

Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Headline Review (September 22, 1994)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0747245010
ISBN-13: 978-0747245018
I have a really stunning book to share with you today called Manroot written by A.N. Steinberg. This is an older book but I was blown away by how good it was and was very honored to have brought back an older book to some future readers.
In the spring of 1939, Katherine Sheahan and her father, the taciturn Irishman Jesse, are looking for work in the isolated tourist town of Castlewood, Missouri, which offers bathing, gambling and adultery. Jesse gets a job as handyman and Katherine as maid at a small hotel. Jesse drinks and neglects his work and eventually disappears, abandoning his daughter. Katherine discovers the ginseng, the manroot, and other secrets of the foothills; she discovers herself as a natural healer who has inherited this gift from her Navajo Indian mother. She also has a special but unwelcome gift. She can communicate with spirits.

Among the hotel s regular clientele is Judge William Reardon, a local hero who metes out justice by day, then drinks the foul taste away at night. Escaping his sterile marriage, he becomes captivated by Katherine. He is like a man reborn. Theirs is a union of like-minded souls, but a dangerous dark magic is released. Can their love survive?

A powerful, haunting novel that explores the powerful themes of identity and destiny, love everlasting and its brutal twin, violence.  
My Thoughts:
I really wasn't sure I would like this book that was written so far back and it took me a few pages to get really involved with the story, but once I did, I was shocked at how Katherine was treated, even in the 1940's!
Katherine and her father wonder around a lot because of his ability to not hold a job long and his obsessive drinking and other awful things that he did. So, when they landed in Castlewood, Katherine thought she had finally found a home. When her father insisted on leaving again, she refused and stayed at the Inn that she had grown to love.
Unfortunately, for her, life did not go well there either. From meeting a man she thought would treat her like a queen and he did for awhile until things got out of control and he turns his back on her and the people at the Inn aren't very nice either.
Katherine wonders around in the woods like an animal for a long time and then another tragedy finds her doing something she never thought she would do and it will become the force that keeps her rooted to Castlewood even though she really should have left long ago.
This story was very riveting and I couldn't put it down once I really grasped the story and I was so mad, angry, upset and shocked at all the things that Katherine had lived through and survived. It's a story that I think all of you should read because it's brilliant but sad at the same time.
Happy Reading!

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.