Those full time teachers with 2 year olds will know that you don't really have much spare time to yourself to indulge in hours of personal reading. So when the opportunity came up to go to Kerikeri with my family for a little summer holiday, I was so excited at the thought that my little one would be having too much fun with cousins, grandparents, chickens, pigs, beaches and picking oranges in the orchard, to worry about me!
In this time, I delved into a book I've been dying to read for the longest time - Telesā - The Covenant Keeper, book one in the Telesā series, by Lani Wendt Young.
It was perfect! Just the right escape for me during this time. A perfect balance between romance, action, mystery...written from a female, Samoan perspective...refreshing!
I am desperate to get my hands on Part 2: When Water Burns and Part 3: The Bone Bearer so read before heading back to real life.
I had started following Lani on Twitter before I had read the books and can say that reading her 140 characters are just as interesting as reading her 400 pages. At midnight as I was reading about Daniel (a beautiful character from the book) under a waterfall, I had to tweet her...and she replied! Woo hoo! Life complete!
I am a big supporter of art, literature, content that is told from a perspective outside of the mainstream and this book was no disappointment. The description of the flora and fauna of Samoa, the food, the characters, the values and beliefs of the people - both pre and post colonial, were so enjoyable to read, all wrapped up in a X-Men-esque, mythological, legendary, powerful, romantic, feminist package. I loved it.
I thoroughly recommend this book to any 15+ year old female reader in your family. So what if I'm 28? I still loved this book too...and I love Daniel.