Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Favorite Daughter Book Review

I was so glad to receive a copy of Favorite Daughter by Paula Margulies. I began reading Favorite Daughter as soon as I received it.

Favorite Daughter is a book about a young Indian princess named Pocahontas. Yes, the book follows the story of young Pocahontas at the time when Captain John Smith first enters her tribe’s life. Pocahontas is a lively girl who is her father’s favorite. Pocahontas along with the rest of her tribe is very curious about the newcomers. The story shows that while Pocahontas was a favorite of her, he still used her as a political tool. While he doesn’t force her to marry a man she doesn’t want to marry, he certainly encourages her to marry a young man who will bring the tribe political advantages. When John Smith is captured and brought to the tribal village Pocahontas saves his life. At this time she becomes the person her father relies on to obtain the gifts that newcomers have promised in exchange for food. Pocahontas is fascinated by John Smith, but she has difficulty getting him to deliver on his promises.

I really enjoyed reading this book. The author portrays a young woman who is making decisions about her life. We often view women from the past as unable to make decisions without the help of a man, but Pocahontas is quite the opposite. She influences her tribe’s policy with the newcomers. I also like that this books shows what life was like in a tribal village. I also like how the book shows Pocahontas as a young girl with an upcoming marriage, and the emotions that go with it. This book took me back to a time, and once again made me ask the question what if Pocahontas hadn’t saved Captain Smith? Would life be different for all of us?

This book also reminded me that cultures that we may think were primitive were far more advanced than we give them credit for. The members of the tribe can’t understand why a group of individuals who were clearly struggling to survive would devote so many of its resources to looking for something the natives knew was not in the area. They had even informed the newcomers of this. But they continued to search for gold, and they were suffering due to it.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to know what life was like in the Americas at the time explorers from Europe began to settle the area. Marguiles has done her research, and she includes a glossary of terms at the end of the book. You will want to use this glossary at times while reading the book. I also encourage individuals who enjoy romances will enjoy this book. There is the love story between Pocahontas and her betrothed, and of course the fascination Pocahontas has with John Smith.

Overall, this is good book, and I hope I will get to do a review on Part 2 of the series when it comes out.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for reviewing Favorite Daughter, Part One, Heidi!