Told in alternating points of view, the author tells the story of two girls from two different worlds. One from England and one from the Lamalcha tribe.
Despite culture clashing and prejudice aroused by whisky traders in the hopes of causing trouble, the two become best friends and even exchange dolls to remember each other by. When tragedy strikes and Hope's father and sister are killed in a storm, prejudices get dangerously out of control, terror is taken to a new level on both sides, and peace threatens to be destroyed.
Can cultural differences be put aside so that understanding and forgiveness can come?
An endearing, tragic story that gives a historical example of what can happen when people let prejudice get in the way of truth. Although fictional, the characters are memorable, the plot is emotional, and the writing is well done.
Readers who like historical fiction will enjoy reading COUNTING ON HOPE.