Death in l’Acadie: A Kesk8a Story by Sherrill Wark is an endearing story of love, loss, and growing up.
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Kesk8a (Keskoua) is a young Mi’gmaw woman growing up in the wilds of what is now Canada. She is a mere 13 winters old when her story begins, and you get to journey with her as this inquisitive child grows up into a quick-thinking woman. You’ll watch as she deals with the French trappers that frequent her village from the bush; the soldiers that reside in the nearby fort; the Father that is trying to save the souls of her village; and a transition to womanhood that may have come too soon. But Kesk8a is resilient, and no matter how the land and people around her may change, she knows she will survive if she remains true to her people and true to herself.
I really enjoyed reading Death in l’Acaide! The characters are dynamic and grow with each chapter, and it gives you a brief look at a completely different time and culture. It is a fictional story set against a historical backdrop, and the fact that the author is actually descendant from one of the characters just brings it home for me. The dialogue was engaging, the settings were beautifully described, and the emotions were real. There’s also quite a bit of french and traditional Mi’gmaw words used throughout the story, and that makes it feel more complex and complete.
I don’t really have any complaints, save that I felt parts of it were a tad rushed. There is a lot of information to be had, and the transitions may not have been as smooth as they could have been. I believe that part of that feeling comes from the fact that it’s written as if Kesk8a is telling you the story herself, and most people tend to jump around and try to cram as much information into their story as possible. Fortunately, that just adds to the overall story experience.
I rate Death in l’Acadie a 4 of 5. It’s a story full of love, loss, and the trials you go through as you find your place in an ever-changing world. Definitely a good read for someone who enjoys historical fiction!
About the Author:
Sherrill Wark started her writing career as a typesetter, and she has since gone on to own her own book design company. Death in l’Acadie is the first novel in a 6-book series, but it isn’t her first published work by any means. Her other titles include Really Stupid Writing Mistakes: How to Avoid Them, a helpful guide for those who wish to write. To learn more about this author and her works, you can visit her Website, check out her Amazon Page, or connect with her on Facebook. If you’d like a copy of Death in l’Acadie for yourself, check out the link below!
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