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The Water Seeker

by Kimberly Willis Holt

Rated: Mild

Amos Kincaid is a dowser, someone who can find water deep in the ground, though few know it — not even his own father. The gift is passed father to son and Amos isn’t sure his father wants him to be a dowser. So he keeps it to himself. As he grows from boy to man, Amos deals with crossing the Oregon Trail, with finding and losing loved ones, and with the hard lessons life insists he learn. Along the way, Amos discovers what he wants and who he is. And he is so much more than a dowser.

I don’t usually read books like this, but I loved it from page one. Amos is an amazing character with relatable flaws and inspiring virtues. His family and the others he meets along the way are just as intriguing and you find yourself quickly invested in their lives. It’s a simple story, but it’s full of beauty and darkness, pain and happiness. It doesn’t hook you with action-packed gimmicks, but with real people and real life. This is a book everyone should read.

Rated: Mild for occasional and mild swearing.

— Reviewed by Kristin Curtis

Kristin Curtis is an avid reader and writer. So, of course, she earned a bachelor's degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing at Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2014.

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  • The Water Seeker
  • by Kimberly Willis Holt
  • Rated: Mild
  • Genre: Young adult
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