Readers seeking an uplifting yet classically suspenseful Native American love story will soak up the soulful and spiritual heart of Aimée and David Thurlo's new series starter, A Time of Change. Themes run throughout of lovers reuniting, social forgiveness and small town harmony under a Navajo sky. The descriptions of the tensions and similarities between Navajo Nation and Christian practices are well done, but a bit repetitive, and gender roles skew more traditionalist than typically seen in contemporary romances. Instances of alcoholism, violence and sexual dominance are melodramatically portrayed and may not appeal to a more progressive type of reader.

Jo Buck is a young and ambitious medicine woman trainee in the Navajo Nation community. Tom Stuart, her fatherly Trading Post boss, is found dead and she is drawn into a mystery involving several violent occurrences never seen before. Adding to the mix of suspense and confusion is the return home of her ex-boyfriend, Ben, who has a few secrets and mysteries of his own to unravel. Will they fall back in love and save the Trading Post and its community from further harm? (FORGE, Apr., 336 pp., $24.99)

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Reina Black