Review: Blessed by Maggie Blackbird

Two former lovers have to face each other again as one is about to take his formal vows into the priest hood over a fight to retain a church on the tribal lands.


Emery Matawapit has decided to come home to save the reservation’s Catholic church and to ask for forgiveness from the man he left behind. In a few months, he will become a priest and forever turn his life over to God. He feels he needs to make peace with the past before he can take this step.

Darryl Keejik has never forgiven Emery or his family for deciding their fate. Ten years ago Emery threw him away. Now all Darryl wants to do is serve the Council on the reservation and preserve the Native traditions. This puts him in direct opposition with the Matawapit family.

When Emery and Darryl meet face to face all of the old arguments are still the same…has ten years changed anything?

Warning: I get a little personal in this review – sorry rainbows, I have no objectivity in this review.

What a journey Maggie Blackbird takes us on in Blessed the first book in “The Matawapit Family” series. I grew up with these stories so this book really resonated with me. I had a family member who was just as close as Emery was to taking his formal vows when he decided to leave the diocese. Now that I am writing this I actually have two family members on each side of my family that has done this, but only one whose children are all LGBTQ+. 

I was a Chaplain’s Assistant when I was in the Army which goes directly against how I was raised with our own traditions (never mind joining the Army (laugh)). I still struggle with the traditions I grew up and the faith of churches today. Reading Blessed was such a personal journey for me, I do not know if I can be objective in my review (laugh).

I loved the story and the journey. It has made me think and nod my head on multiple occasions. I loved both Darryl and Emery’s soul searching dialogues in Blessed. This is not to say that Blackbird did not include any romance! She did and she did it well as always. 

I usually have some kind of snappy or witty ending to my reviews and I do not have one this time. Read Blessed if not for Emery and Darryl’s spiritual journey than for their love story – it is worth it.

I received an ARC of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Books in “The Matawapit Family” series:

#2 Redeemed
(M/F Romance)

#3 Sanctified
(M/F Romance)

#4 Renewed
(M/F Romance) 

Further Details:
Publisher: eXtasy Books Inc., B07F6DL98W, 2018
Series: The Matawapit Family #1; Settings: Canada
Pages: 335; Sex: Rated R

Editor’s Note: previously published on PRW on 6 February 2020. Edited with updated content & PR standard formatting on 31 March 2020.


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