The Kiva and the Mosque by Kayt C. Peck is part fantasy, part spiritual journey, part romance and part political statement. All of the parts come together in an enjoyable reading experience that is fast-paced, entertaining and satisfying. The author celebrates life and hope in an interesting tale that calls for imagination, an open mind and respect for the unknown and unknowable.
Her main characters are ordinary people with an extraordinary capacity to act when called upon. They feel like old friends, people you want to root for and whom you want to win. The ideals expressed in the narrative are familiar themes much talked about but little lived by: world peace, respect for all, care and protection for those least able to take care of themselves.
Kidwell Brown’s visions inspire her to valor, Aisha’s to depicting a world of possibilities. The story recognizes the existence of evil and the power of good to overcome all obstacles.
Kayt’s story encourages enlightenment, compassion and understanding, age-old precepts that belong to no one religion but to all. The Kiva and the Mosque is unashamedly idealistic in tone and message. It encourages a belief that even in this flawed world peace, understanding and respect are possible.
Kayt Peck is a poet and writer whose career has included being a journalist, a U.S. Naval Reserve public affairs officer, and grant writer. She lives on a ranch near Las Vegas, N.M.
The Kiva and the Mosque is available in Las Vegas at Tome on the Range Bookstore, and at online retailers.