Review: Lakota Dreaming

LAKOTA DREAMING - Constance Gillam
Constance Gillam
May 2014
Maguerite Lemons |  RATING: B 
SYNOPSIS: Fired from her job as Editor-in-chief of a New York fashion magazine, Zora Hughes travels to a South Dakota Indian reservation. She hopes to find answers to lifelong dreams her psychiatrist calls genetic memories. Zora dreams of a female ancestor who fled life as a slave and was aided in her journey to freedom by a Sioux warrior who would become her husband.

Zora Hughes is on a forced vacation after being relieved of her duties as an editorial director, of the fashion magazine, Haute. She’s on her way to a reservation in South Dakota, hoping that this trip will eliminate the recurring visions she keeps having.  John Iron Hawk has been Captain of the Little River Reservation Tribal Police Force, after retiring from the military, discovering his wife was cheating, and taking over raising a teen-aged daughter.  Zora and John have a simmering attraction that they try desperately to ignore, because neither really has the time for a relationship, and Zora is simply passing through.

LAKOTA DREAMING is set in South Dakota on a fictional reservation, where the ghost of some long dead relative of Zora’s once lived, and where John was born and raised. John is doing his best to help the people living on the reservation, but their struggles are only heightened by the fact that the Tribal Leader and owner of the casino on the property may be stealing funds that would go a long way in helping the people.

For the majority of this story, Zora doesn’t resemble the strong independent woman that she’s supposed to be. She is a flighty basket case, with tunnel vision, who forgets about her safety and that of others, when it comes to getting what she wants. John is hard-nosed when it comes to his job, and has no idea how to deal with his troubled daughter, or the unwanted advances of a former one-night stand.
There are an interesting cast of townspeople who add intrigue, sage advice and comic relief.

I enjoyed the premise of Ms. Gillam’s story, and the plot, as it pertained to the spirit of Zora’s relative and how her demise came about what well done. The relationship between John and Zora is plausible, but because there wasn’t enough time spent developing it, especially since the majority of their dialogue was spent arguing, it seems unrealistic.

LAKOTA DREAMING is a good story, but I feel it could have been great, if a little more attention had been paid to the relationship between the main characters.

20th July 2014 |