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Mystic Sweet Communion (Dream Catcher)
by Jane Kirkpatrick (Goodreads Author)
Set in turn-of-the-century Florida, this frontier saga traces the life of Ivy Cromartie Stranahan, the first English-speaking teacher in the region, as she struggles to teach school in the Seminole Nation and lead Indian families to Christ. Ivy is disliked by tribal leaders in spite of her obvious love for their children, yet she eventually overcomes their resistance and s ...more
ebook, 283 pages
Published September 30th 2009 by Multnomah
(first published October 2nd 1998)
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Stranahan, is a tapestry of faith, ambition and ahead-of-her-time activism. The first teacher in Florida's Broward County, she and husband Frank are among the few people courageous and compassionate enough to reach out to to Seminole Indians along the New River, along which Fort Lauderdale would eventually emerge. She begins as a young woman with small dreams, and winds up being called upon by no less than the president of the United States. In the meantime, she deals with society that suppresse ...more
This was written very well and I found it to be a very engaging biography about one woman's impact on Florida's beginnings. I was saddened by some of Ivy's choices and how at time she seemed selfishly stubborn and so focused on her causes in disregard for others feelings. Many of her causes, especially with the Seminole people, were good on the surface, yet in some ways one has to wonder if some of her "help" wasn't meddling. Yet, through it all, she was part of what Florida grew into today and ...more
I liked her description of the transformation of Florida as it was settled and the swamps drained, but I found her characters lacking. It's hard to know if this was because she was using journals to recreate this woman's likfe. it's true that she was remarkable and did important things, but no one found her likable in book group. It's hard to discuss a worthy person who no one really likes.
Was an interesting book about the establishment of Ft. Lauderdale. It was slow moving in parts and then seemed to gloss over others. It'd keep my attention and then I struggled to get it finished. Jane Kirpatrick did a great job describing the scenes of her book making you feel like you were there.
As usual,this Jane Kirkpatrick historical novel is peopled with realistic characters and documented situations. Her heroine, Ivy Cromartie Stranahan, is as strident and unyielding as any she has portrayed in her other novels; sometimes irritatingly demanding in her insistence on doing things her own way, but in the end proving to be a powerful force for good in the early life of Florida. I love Kirkpatrick's books and the strong women she chooses to write about, and the Indian cultures she bring ...more
I really tried to finish this book so that I could legitimately tell you not to read it, but I came up 80 pages short of my goal. But I'm still going to tell you not to read it. It only has value to someone interested in Ft. Lauderdale history, and it is of minimal value to them. The writing style was warm and inviting, so I kept waiting for the story to warm up. BLAH! Reading this book almost made me want to have TV.
4+ stars. THis was a fairly slow moving book, but somehow I fell for the characters. I loved the history of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and what life was like back in the early 1900's. There were an amazing amount of quotes etc that were helpful for me and were very interesting food for thought. I really appreciated the efforts and thoughts that people put into decisions so long ago that still affect us today.
What a wonderful story of the Stranahan's of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. This book was full of history and taught me a lot about life in S. Florida at the turn of the century - things I had NO IDEA ABOUT. Jane Kirkpatrick is true to form! Her writing is warm, tender, and beautiful. She brought these real people to life again, and I LOVED IT!
This is a novel based on the lives of Ivy and Frank Stranahan who lived in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in the turn of the century (1900). Ivy worked for education and basic rights for the Seminole Indians who lived in the region. This was pretty interesting - although not a favorite book by any means.
A young teacher, in the early years of Florida's development and after Seminoles have been squeezed out of most of their land, devotes her life to protecting/educating the Seminoles and wildlife of FL (i.e. the birds which were being killed for the beautiful plumes for ladies' hats).
This book tied together many of the people, places and historical events I've learned about as my sister and I explored various places when I visit her in Florida. Ms. Kirkpatrick does an exceptional job of delivering a message about a Christian's calling and responsibilities.
Kirkpatrick brings us a story of one woman's restoration from personal grief to the meaning of community."More about Jane Kirkpatrick...
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