Born for This by Maggie Blackbird is one of two (that I found) books of the Maizemerized series, the other one being Nine for a Kiss by D.S. Dehel. Reading the story, the name of the series becomes pretty clear. Cut between and hidden by the high corn rows, the paths of the labyrinth could take you to unexpected destinations, even mystical ones. The strangeness and potential dangers that (could) lurk in the dark made corn mazes great locations for mystery, thriller, and horror stories. But for Maggie B. the corn maze is “just” a safe way to transport the heroine in a new/old world: the 1840s’ world. And where the safeness stops.
“This is where we’re meant to be. This is what we were born for.”
Born for This is categorized as a time travel romance and historical. Both categories are correct but historical seems more relevant. Why? Do you know The Vikings, the History channel serial? Before becoming the big success that many loved and a “classical” TV serial, it started as an attractive, entertaining way to learn about the Vikings’ civilisation. Born for This is similar, well on this route.
The author found a good balance between the pace at which the love story moves and the interesting information about the life of her Ojibway ancestors. The inpatient readers, comfortable with things moving fast, could be a bit unhappy, but they will be rewarded. The world that Maggie re-creates is a wonderful world. The values, the morals, the traditions of the Ojibway people that the author gifts us with have their own intrinsic value whilst bringing value to the love story itself. Our Ishkode-kwe and Nimkii Makwa are the creation of that time and that civilisation and its believes. Their love could be announced in their visions but is not a given, as choices must be made and dangers and challenges overcome.
Born for This could have come whit a warning: be careful what you wish for. But all's well that ends well… whilst… still… my heart kept a shadow of wistfulness…