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When We Were Young series by Maggie Blackbird

Devine Destinies
23 April 2021
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Reviewed By: Josh Dale


This Is book three in the young adult series. This book continues from book2.

Rene Oshawee and Billy Redsky have come a long way since the start of the series. Both characters have their own set of problems but one thing they share Is their deep love and commitment to each other.

In this book their commitment is put to the test, when after being caught shirtless and nearly having sex. Rene’s parents and Billy foster parents the Oshawee’s forced into a difficult decision.

Knowing that they have crossed the line and wanting to protect Billy from his family. Rene suggests to his parents that they send him away to study in Toronto, thus ending their relationship.

The emotions between these two young men is so heartfelt and I just wanted to hug them. They both try to move on, but each has their own battles to win.

Rene finally dips his feet in the coming out waters and gradually grows stronger and more confident with his sexuality.

Billy has a rollercoaster ride in this book. He has grown so much, but still finds it difficult to control his temper and not fall into his old ways of temper tantrums. The poor guy also must deal with his recovering alcoholic Mother.

A year later and things are looking up for Billy, he has made up with his mother, and he is hopeful that Rene and himself will be able to rekindle their relationship once he turns 18.

Then there is the biggest bombshell to rock Billy’s world when Rene and Billy go to pick up his mother, only to find her dead.

Billy’s Mother’s death brings about some changes for them both. Can they cross all the bridges to the other side of true love? I cannot wait for the final book in the series to see if these guys get their well-deserved happy ever after.


Maggie has done a fantastic job throughout the series. Weaving the Ojibway culture into the story with Ned’s strong guidance for Billy. I love the time Billy spends with Ned.

One of my favourite scenes In the book is when Billy is on his vision quest, and he connects with nature’s simplicity to life and problems. I thought there was so much power in the message, and the way we look at life as what we want and not as what we need from life.

She has also developed not only Billy and Rene’s characters but also the secondary and minor characters, into vivid three-dimensional unique individuals, each with their own backstory and outlooks on life.

The strength and emotions Billy and Rene have really brings them to life and you can not help put feel their emotions both happy and sad.


A fantastic Young Adult, coming of age series, that ticks all the boxes to make it a great read,


An Ojibway from Northwestern Ontario, Maggie resides in the country with her husband and their fur babies, two beautiful Alaskan Malamutes. When she’s not writing, she can be found pulling weeds in the flower beds, mowing the huge lawn, walking the Mals deep in the bush, teeing up a ball at the golf course, fishing in the boat for walleye, or sitting on the deck at her sister’s house, making more wonderful memories with the people she loves most.

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