Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Manroot by Anne Steinberg

In the spring of 1939, Katherine Sheahan and her father, the taciturn Irishman Jesse, are looking for work in the isolated tourist town of Castlewood, Missouri, which offers bathing, gambling and adultery. Jesse gets a job as handyman and Katherine as maid at a small hotel. Jesse drinks and neglects his work and eventually disappears, abandoning his daughter. Katherine discovers the ginseng, the manroot, and other secrets of the foothills; she discovers herself as a natural healer who has inherited this gift from her Navajo Indian mother. She also has a special but unwelcome gift. She can communicate with spirits. 

Among the hotel s regular clientele is Judge William Reardon, a local hero who metes out justice by day, then drinks the foul taste away at night. Escaping his sterile marriage, he becomes captivated by Katherine. He is like a man reborn. Theirs is a union of like-minded souls, but a dangerous dark magic is released. Can their love survive? 

A powerful, haunting novel that explores the powerful themes of identity and destiny, love everlasting and its brutal twin, violence.


3.0 out of 5 stars long windedSeptember 23, 2014
This review is from: Manroot (Kindle Edition)
This could have been an awesome book. But it's so long winded and drawn out that I found myself getting bored. The plot, storyline, spans over the life of Katherine. There's mythical magic and more involved. It's an interesting story, but it certainly could have been written in half the pages it was. There are plenty of parts that I felt had nothing to do with the story other than to build word count. I think if it was shorter, I would have loved it more. Katherine was an interesting character. She was dynamic. I felt sorry for her half the time and loved her the other half. She had a head on her shoulders but was still very naive. I think if you're into a book that will take you days to read, then pick this up. I'm just not the sort who enjoys a long winded book.
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