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Lessons from Chief and Sophie.
Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2019
Shelter for Sophie is the tale of a woman with a speech disability and a fire-fighter whose roots are entrenched in his Navajo people.
Sophie Carson has a crush on her neighbour, Roman “Chief” Proudfit, and has been secretly mowing his lawn. One chance meeting at a bar ends in a misunderstanding, where Chief mistakenly believes that Sophie is taking advantage of the needy and using them for medical trials at the laboratory where she works. Chief eventually realizes his mistake and rectifies the situation, falling for the shy woman in the process.
Susan Stoker pitches two trains of thought in Shelter for Sophie, the eighth story in her Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes series.
The first, she tackles stuttering, a speech disorder that, according to the Mayo Clinic, involves frequent and significant problems with normal fluency and flow of speech. People who stutter know what they want to say, but have difficulty saying it.
Stuttering is usually common among children as a normal part of learning how to talk, and most outgrow this disorder. Sometimes, though, stuttering becomes a chronic condition that may persist into adulthood, which in turn may also affect the sufferer’s self-esteem and interactions with other people.
With Sophie, Susan Stoker tells us to be patient when we encounter people who suffer from stuttering. She wants us to understand that although this is a disability, stuttering in no way detract from a person’s ability to excel in life, or, like Sophie, be of service to others.
The second point the author wanted us to take note of is race, and yes, culture. Not the push and pull between the blacks or the whites, but the Native Americans, the indigenous people of the United States.
Susan Stoker gives us a glimpse of the beautiful culture of the Navajo people in the form of Chief. She introduces us to their culture and beliefs, and tells us, in her own way, that they are no less than the other cultures and races that make up a country known for its love for freedom and diversity.
Simply put, Susan Stoker tells us that as much as we demand respect from anyone regardless of gender, disability, class, race, culture or beliefs, so should we respect their choices, status, or situations in life.
After all, we share the most important commodity in all of humankind—and that is the blood that runs through all our veins.
This, to me, is another Susan Stoker home run of a story!