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Walk in My Soul

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  420 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Tiana was a Cherokee woman. She grew up learning the magic, spells, and nature religion of her people. Before Sam Houston became the father of Texas, he was a young man who had run away from his home in Tennessee to live among the Cherokee. He came to love Tiana. As the Cherokee would say, she walked in his soul. But Sam was a white man, and Tiana, a Cherokee. And the drea ...more
Paperback, 594 pages
Published November 12th 1987 by Ballantine Books (first published 1985)
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Walk in My Soul
by Lucia St. Clair Robson
ps i thought i would give you a copy of the poem your book walk in my soul inspired. although my reviews of books do not go back this far, i read Lucia St Clair Robsons book in high school, the following is a poem i wrote in responce to the story, part of an assingment for ap american history, and my old boy friend there gave me the first line...
Echo of the trail of tears
Struggle down the white man's path,
surrendering our spirit,
so many days we tread t
I was in the library one day looking for an audio book and stumbled upon this story. I didn't get it right away and kept looking but couldn't find anything that I was interested in. This had caught my eye as it was a story about Native American life right before they were forced onto reservations. This author is incredible. She certainly did her research on these tribes she creates this story around. I learned so much about the inter workings of tribal life. It was amazing. I even cryed at the ...more
Jamie Morris
This was my first big novel and I read it as a young girl. I have always been interested in native american history. I was deeply moved by the story of Tiana Rogers, a young cherokee girl who grew up learning the ways of the medicine woman and eventually was bestowed that honor. There is simply too much to write about this book, it is that good. It starts when she is in her early teens and ends with her death. I loved the story of her love with Sam Houston. Whether this story is true or not I do ...more
This book was astonishing and amazing and heartwrenching. It is a poignant and beautiful story. The main character is Tiana, a woman of the Cherokee tribe. It tells of her life from a young girl no older than ten, to the day she dies. This is a woman like no other. Her match can be found few and far between, if any should have ever existed. She is wise and spirited, youthful and calm, she is caring and gentle and a sage of her nation. After reading this story of hers (for it is hers, no matter t ...more
I read this book so long ago that I don't even remember when, but I never forgot the book. Lucia St Clair Robson's stories are a mixture of historical fact & fiction and are amazing. Tiana Rogers lived and breathed, loved, suffered and died while I read this story, and she has remained with me through the years.
Dawn Garcia
Another wonderful, historical novel--this time about the Cherokee Indians and a woman loved by Sam Houston. It's a beautiful love story that earned me a lot of respect from my high school history teacher who didn't believe me when I shared this side of Sam Houston with him. After doing some research, he confirmed that I was right!

This heartbreaking love story covers cultural issues and gets the heart to once again question the rights taken by the white man in his horrible treatment of another gr
Daphane Ward
one of my favorites
Anya Konecki
This book may be to date my all time favorite book. Historical fiction and romance, this book really has it all, I don't think it's still in print, otherwise all my friends would have a copy for Christmas.
Linda Berrett
Feb 05, 2013 Linda Berrett rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who is interested in Native American History
A great (but sad) read. A lot of research went into to this book that depicts the life of Tiana Rogers, a Half Cherokee girl/woman and Sam Houston, how their lives intertwined, and the horrific story of the "removal" of the Cherokee from their land to the Oklahoma Territory. The heartbreak to the "trail of tears" or the trail where they cried, where thousands of Native Americans died, after being betrayed, yet again by our government.
I loved this book. I am still thinking about it... I was amazed while reading this story how similar the exile of the Indians were to the early LDS Saints. They were both forced from their homes by white man who coveted their land. They were persecuted for their beliefs. Eventually driven thousands of miles from their home land to start over again while losing many lives along the way.
Jennifer Daniel
Read this and you will hate Andrew Jackson for all eternity. I am no fan of Sam Houston either. The attrocities that were carried out against the Cherokee Indians makes me ashamed. Why is Andrew Jackson on our currency? He commited genocide! Don't get me started. A great book though, If you like to get depressed and angry and rant like a lunatic.
This wasn't as exciting to read as "Ride the Wind" , but it was enjoyable.
I am not sure how true to reality this is as Samual Huston is concerned, but it was interesting to read about important people of our American History and see them as the normal people they were.

I cried at the end.
Beautifully written and very interesting story of Sam Houston and his Cherokee wife. If you love historical novels you might enjoy this one. I didn't know much about Sam Houston and did not know he live and was adopted by the Cherokees. Good book.
This book about the Trail of Tears made me cry. According to family tradition there is a "grandmother" (I am not sure how many greats) who was Cherokee. It was an interesting window on this sad chapter in American History.
Nov 12, 2008 Brian rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Brian by: Pam Keane
This book got sadder and sadder. Just like history...sadder and sadder. Hard to decipher which parts are fiction and which are fact, but a good read none the less.
Jan 17, 2009 Sabrina rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teens, adults
Recommended to Sabrina by: Sheila
Story of star crossed lovers, some historic value, Sam Houston, Tianna (Dianna) Rogers and The Cherokee, and The Trail of Tears. Moving story.
Nov 10, 2011 Chamie marked it as to-read
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a great story about the trail of tears explains the reasons reproductions and the sadness of this difficult time of American history
Rae Hildum
Facinating read about a young Cherokee woman & the young Sam Houston, their relationship & the powerful telling of the trail of tears.
I read this many years ago and I know I enjoyed it, but I don't remember much about it.
I loved this book and read it multiple times. Good honest historical romance.
Brenda Qualls
Full of historical detail. It speaks to the reader of love and loss.
T. Jackson
One of my all time favorites. Read it about a dozen or more times.
If you love historical novels, this one is for you!
I still think about this book. I didn't want it to end.
Nancy Lorraine
Loved learning about the Cherokee culture.
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Lucia St. Clair Robson has been a Peace Corps Volunteer, a teacher and a librarian. Her first historical novel, RIDE THE WIND, appeared on the New York Times best seller list, and in 1983 received the Golden Spur Award from the Western Writers of America. Since then she has written seven more novels set in a variety of times and places. Kirkus Reviews wrote, "Few novelists working today have a bet ...more
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