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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite
Can people from different worlds co-exist together within the confines of a specific geographic area? In the historical fictional story, My Father's Kingdom: A Novel of Puritan New England by James W. George, in the 17th century, the Native Americans and the whites not only had different viewpoints on life, but prayed and worshiped differently. My Father's Kingdom displays that these differences can incite fear and distrust instead of encouraging elements of change and improved methods of being. Linto (Montaup) and Reverend Brewster (Middleborough) both saw the world differently than that of their ancestors. They both saw some relevance in their traditional upbringing, but also saw the value in those whose lives were different than their own. Linto saw the white religion as confusing and contradictory, but realized some of validity in it, while Reverend Brewster was challenged with the tasks of convincing the townspeople to live a more spiritual life and to spend less time focusing on the “savages” and blaming them for the travesty affecting the town of Middleborough. Can't we all just get along?
Reading a historical fiction like My Father's Kingdom was a great experience. James W. George was able to successfully draw me into such a complex era as I read through the pages, and I came away from the story enlightened by the time period in which the story was set. Delving into My Father's Kingdom was not only an easy read, but James W. George was able create a feeling of engagement and passion as I followed the lives of Linto and Reverend Brewster. My Father's Kingdom has a lot of the elements that historically Native Americans and whites faced during the 16th and 17th century era - from disease, illnesses and betrayal to developing kinship between cultures. If you are interested in historical fiction, My Father's Kingdom: A Novel of Puritan New England by James W. George has everything and does not disappoint.