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Reviewed by Foluso Falaye for Readers' Favorite
It's the 1880s in the US. Not long after her lover is killed in a racial dispute, Sequoia contemplates ideas about improving how her fellow Native Americans are treated by the Whites. With a supposedly brilliant idea in mind, she markets her almond milk in a new environment to promote peace and cohesive relationships. However, she is met with jealousy and hostility from rival milk producers, which stirs up a situation that's far from what she had in mind. Fleeing for her life, Sequoia is accused of a ridiculous crime and dealt a harsh punishment: a bounty. Cowgirls and Indians by Ann Greyson is set in an era that involves a chaotic relationship between Whites and Native Americans and an outlaw girl who plots to escape her relentless pursuers.
The author creates a deeply evocative story that takes the reader through strong emotions. I felt the pain of seeing a Native American girl murdered unjustly, the heartbreak of losing a lover, and the uncertainty of not knowing what dangers would come next. The third-person narrative involves several intricate and well-developed characters, including ruthless killers and thoughtful individuals. Despite the harsh killings and inhumane treatment, acts of kindness and thoughtful actions shine through to inspire profound thoughts and resolutions. Cowgirls and Indians is a highly suspenseful read and a fantastic story that every reader who likes history and Native American fiction would love. Its descriptive words and culture-rich scenes involving "buckskin breechcloths" and the like left me wide-eyed with awe. Author Ann Greyson is a highly talented writer! Period!