Sisters of the Soul


Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
465 Pages
Reviewed on 06/12/2019
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Author Biography

Kristin Fulton finds joy and fulfillment in the creative processes of writing, music, and art. She developed a passion for words early in life, spending spare moments with her nose in a book. A recent discovery in a dusty box, filled by the diligent hands of her mother with samples of childhood school work, uncovered poems and short stories written by the author. In college, Kristin studied Theater Arts and English Literature and eventually pursued a teaching career. Throughout her tenure as a teacher, she continued to write and journal, and over summer vacations she penned her first juvenile fiction, The Haunting. It was followed by a second juvenile fiction, Snake Food. Sisters of the Soul is Kristin's first adult novel. Henry Bingle's Transformation, A Fable for All Ages, is slated for a September first print date. To find out more about other works, visit the author's website: https://www.kristinfulton.com/

    Book Review

Reviewed by Saifunnissa Hassam for Readers' Favorite

Kristin Fulton's historical novel Sisters of the Soul is about the lifelong bond between Elizabeth Dumond and Sophie Washington. The story begins in Louisiana in 1837 and ends in California in 1906. Elizabeth is the adopted daughter of Hugo and Lucille Laurent of the Sweetbrier Plantation in Louisiana. Sophie is a slave in the Laurent household. Elizabeth and Sophie grow up as sisters and friends. The lives of both women are shattered in brutal and humiliating ways by Bert Laurent who inherits his parents' estate. The women flee from Sweetbrier. Elizabeth's experience in horse-riding, hunting and fishing, and Sophie’s field skills and cooking enable them to survive their trek westwards to California. In San Francisco, their Wayside Inn prospers. Sophie lives for some years in Canada with Elizabeth's daughter Rose and her husband. A family tragedy brings Rose and her daughter Aurora to San Francisco to be reunited with Elizabeth and Sophie.

I loved Kristin Fulton's novel Sisters of the Soul because of the strong characters and how the author centers her story around the bond between Elizabeth and Sophie even as they face life’s turbulent challenges and difficult choices. I liked Fulton’s vivid writing as she describes the tension and dramatic changes on the plantation through another strong character: the vicious and brutal Bert Laurent. Fulton writes imaginatively of the women's journey to California, their courage and fear. I enjoyed the themes of love and forgiveness that run through the story even as characters have bitter quarrels and drift apart. I liked the honesty and frankness between Elizabeth and Sophie. Fulton has created a very loving and perceptive character in Sophie, and she is the key to the mother-daughter reconciliation. A deeply moving tale indeed!