John's Pond by Donna Lynch

April 8, 2019

By Sarah Carter

It’s been a while since I’ve really felt ‘called’ to a book. I know many of you readers would understand this. The kind of story that draws you in and stays with you, like one of those classics you’d read and crowed about over and over—a 1970’s tale of what happens when people of two cultures clash.
 

Donna Lynch’s book, “John’s Pond” shines with due brilliance. Her novel braids social adversities, romance, conspiracy and suspense. As readers, we follow Tobin, a young member of the Wampanoag Tribe who, along with his family fight for what was being taken from them, and Laurie, his girlfriend, who amidst social frowns, sides with Tobin and his tribe.
When the novel begins, we not only see Tobin accompanying his family and other tribe members in the courtroom but see him trying to change what had been done wrong to them. We also witness Laurie’s sensitivity to her classmates’ jokes about Native American classmates. Because of this, they taunt her, calling her an “Indian lover.”
 

While Tobin’s conflicts with the local police escalate, Laurie’s mother throws down roadblocks to the budding romance—a relationship that makes life more difficult for both Tobin and Laurie. Finally, in a dramatic moment, Laurie learns about long-hidden family secrets as the book reaches its climax.
Overall, this is an amazing and inspirational read. It is very enjoyable, different from what I had expected. Lynch's way of writing keeps you turning the pages, anxious to see what happens next. The story of Tobin and Laurie's relationship, with all the ups and downs, made it hard to put the book down. I would highly recommend this book. I know this story will be with me for a long time. It’s one of my favorites! 

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