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On a moonless night in 1813, Adela McGirth encounters a set of wolves and the steely eyed warrior who slays them, searing himself on her heart. When he returns, it’s with a brand of a different sort—the flaming arrows that destroy her life.In the copper-haired captive, Totka Lawe finds the other half of his spirit. He vows he would die ten deaths to protect her, and he wouOn a moonless night in 1813, Adela McGirth encounters a set of wolves and the steely eyed warrior who slays them, searing himself on her heart. When he returns, it’s with a brand of a different sort—the flaming arrows that destroy her life.In the copper-haired captive, Totka Lawe finds the other half of his spirit. He vows he would die ten deaths to protect her, and he would kill any who tried to steal her away. With bluecoat soldiers pursuing him, a jealous cousin pursuing her, and the woman herself pursuing home, that vow stands a serious chance of being called into action.In the first of this three-part, inspirational story, award-winning author April W Gardner brings to vibrant life an obscure event and the noble people who once dominated the Southeast but are now forgotten....

Title : Beneath the Blackberry Moon: The Red Feather
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Beneath the Blackberry Moon: The Red Feather Reviews

  • Emilee
    2019-04-16 19:34

    This is a must-read for fans of Christian fiction, especially native-America fiction. It's based on some actual events. This is a part of history that has been mostly forgotten. I enjoyed it even more so because it takes place close to my home in southern Alabama. There is a lot of action, some violence, adventure, and a sweet love story. I will be starting book two as soon as possible.

  • Stella Potts
    2019-04-16 18:15

    I really loved this book. So much history and the romance between the two main characters is awesome. But the book does end with a cliff hanger so don't read book one unless you intend to get Book 2 also.

  • Valerie
    2019-03-23 18:35

    I read this almost non-stop and finished in record time for me. I will be reading the next one in the series for sure.

  • Shali
    2019-04-08 19:34

    In all honesty, finishing The Red Feather became more of a chore, than anything else. There were multiple typographical errors, and each chapter skips a month ahead, which led me to feel that I was missing out on character and relationship developments. And on top of the whole thing, the ending left me unsatisfied, and unwilling to continue.Plus, it hinted at major, unnecessary drama to come in the next book(s). Though, perhaps I'm just reading too much into it, but I felt like it was saying that (view spoiler)[ her would-have-been husband, Phillip(?), might not be dead, and could show up, at some later point in the series, to contest Totka's claim to Adela. (hide spoiler)]I mean, that's a bit too much, if so. The entire book was just piling one reason after another as to why Totka and Adela shouldn't/couldn't be together, and while I understand that conflict is important to keep a plot moving, and your readers interested, it became too tiresome for me, and really drained any will I had to finish it.(view spoiler)[The fact that it ends with them still not together, should give you a sense as to how the rest of the story went. (hide spoiler)]Plus, I found the Christian aspect to be lacking. It really only showed up when it could be used as an obstacle against Adela and Totka's relationship.All in all, I wasn't impressed, and left the book feeling that I'd wasted my time and effort.

  • Sydney Betts
    2019-04-07 20:19

    Of the dozen or so Christian novels I've read, this was written the best BY FAR. It was so absorbing and compelling that I dared not glance at the first paragraph of the next chapter if I did not have time to commit to reading it all. The action scenes, in fact, were so expertly depicted that it is hard to imagine the author was not a combat veteran. In addition, the historical material appears to be well-researched, even-handed, and accurate. Why did I not give it all five stars? I would have--happily--if the story had been condensed from it's 412 printed pages to around 300, if the author had given within this novel the answer to its most compelling question, and if it had sufficient spiritual depth to warrant the time it required to read. I realize many series, like this one, are inter-dependently designed so the reader will purchase the next installment, and that a lot of readers love this. I am just not one of them.

  • Becky Van Daniker
    2019-04-17 21:18

    Where do I even begin? Beneath the Blackberry Moon is incredible!I’m one of those people that doesn’t bother to read what the book is about because I like to be surprised as I’m reading. If you love history and romance mixed in with Christian influence, you’ll want to check this one out.The pages are filled with tons of history that make the story flow beautifully. We’ve all heard certain stories of history about the frontiersmen and Indian tribes, but this was a bit of history that tends to get skipped over. Most of us are familiar with the War of 1812 which was the bigger priority at the time, but aren’t familiar with the Creek Wars. I loved seeing history come to life in story format. Gardner includes a glossary of terms with explanations, a timeline, and more about the real life characters at the back of the book. She explains the history incredibly well that I felt like I was there in 183-1814 with the characters, experiencing everything they are experiencing. In fact, I was so engrossed with the history that I found myself doing a little bit of research for myself because I was curious to know more.Gardner described the places and characters beautifully. Totka, Adela, Singing Grass, Amadayh, Nokose, Lillian, Galena, and many other characters become like friends and family. They’re memorable long after the book is finished.I can’t imagine experiencing some of the experiences that Adela experienced, but she displays love, compassion, and forgiveness towards those who have wronged her. This was beautifully done because she this couldn’t have been easy. I mean, if you were in Adela’s shoes and all of your friends and family were murdered in a massacre by the Red Skins and then taken captive as slaves, would you have done the same thing? The struggles and pain are real. You’ll laugh, cry, cheer. It has all of the feels!Adela even uses this experience to share her faith with the Muscogee people.There is also the theme of marriage. Adela is a strong believer in God and refuses to be unequally yoked. Totka’s culture is so different from her’s, but he respects her choices even though he doesn’t understand.Highly recommended for anyone and everyone!This would be perfect for teachers and homeschoolers to use because there is so much history in story form that it could be used for a several subjects.Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

  • Elaine Cooper
    2019-03-23 17:18

    Award-winning author April W. Gardner is a master at research, then incorporating her historical findings into an amazing piece of fiction based on actual events. "Red Feather" is the first of the 4-book saga called "Beneath the Blackberry Moon." This book draws you into a tale that is both raw and romantic. Gardner is a gifted wordsmith who creates characters that live on in your heart. Highly recommend for fans of historical fiction and romance.

  • Fiction Aficionado
    2019-03-26 23:10

    I love it when I find a new author who becomes an instant favourite, and I had barely finished the first scene of this story before I began to suspect that would happen here. My suspicion was confirmed long before I finished the book. This story is utterly compelling, the writing is rich and engaging, and I was thoroughly immersed in the setting thanks to the author’s attention to historical detail—in particular, the Muscogees’ beliefs and way of life.I love stories about characters who face difficult circumstances with strength and dignity, and circumstances don’t come much more difficult than those faced by Adela in this novel. While it isn’t unnecessarily graphic, the novel definitely doesn’t shy away from the harsh reality of the conflict and brutality between White men and the Native Americans, which makes the relationship that grows between Totka and Adela all the more compelling. It is at once inevitable (from the first scene) and yet impossible, needing to bridge the barriers of language, culture, and faith, and I have a feeling it’s going to become even more heart-wrenching in the second book.The characterisation in this novel was fantastic across the board, but I am particularly enthralled by Totka’s struggle to understand Adela’s faith and the strength of his devotion to her. I cannot get to the next novel in this series quickly enough!

  • Christy Lockstein
    2019-03-28 17:30

    Wounded Spirits by April W. Gardner is the first book in the Creek Country Saga. Based upon real events during the Creek War in 1812, it tells the story of the war between the Creek Indians and whites from both sides with compassion and honesty. Adela McGirth is known as the quiet and dependable of the three girls in her family. Elder sister, Elizabeth, is used to running the roost, while younger sister, Lillian loves to flirt and play. Adela is being courted by the most eligible man in the area, but she can't seem to be sure of her feelings for the handsome young soldier. When the family takes shelter in a stockade for refuge from Creeks attacking, it brings her life to a shocking turn. Totka, a Creek Indian, has struggled for status in his tribe because of an injury to his thigh that keeps him from participating in battles. The war against the whites impinging on their land offers him the opportunity to finally achieve that status, but when he meets Adela, everything he thought he valued is turned on its head. Adela and Totka's relationship is far more than the average "noble savage" romance. You know that feeling the first time you held your loved one's hand or felt their embrace? That feeling of deep rightness and coming home? Gardner somehow manages to bring that incredible emotion and chemistry to the page, a talent I don't know if I've ever encountered before. She presents both sides of the war, giving the reader an understanding as to the motivations of both peoples trying to protect their loved ones and homes, and the terrible costs of war on both sides. The sequel, Warring Spirits, is coming out in December, and I can't wait to follow Totka and Adela in their quest for happiness together.

  • Rebekah Gyger
    2019-04-18 21:36

    THIS IS THE BOOK I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR!!!! I may be a little biased. I have loved historical fiction which featured Native Americans as main characters since I was a little girl and ever since then I have sought after a book where the hero was a full blooded Indian and in which the heroine left her culture to live with him while still retaining her faith in Christ. I always told myself that there had to be a book like this out there and when I realized that this was that book, I was hooked from the start.But even putting aside my bias, this is a really good novel. Totka, though not yet a Christian, is an amazing hero who does whatever he can to care for his family and the woman he loves. Adela is nearly his equal as a heroine, as she is fierce in her protection of her family and firm in her faith in Christ even if it might cost her Totka.There were moments when the text could have been clearer. Often, Adela would refer to "him" and it would be unclear whether she meant Totka or Nokose or even someone else for a few more sentences. Oddly though, this made the story seem more authentic to the time period so I did not mind it overly much.I highly recommend it to those who love Historical fiction, especially who love stories with Native Americans.

  • Beth Erin
    2019-03-27 17:15

    Full review on Faithfully Bookish Gardner has captured the beautiful contrast between the beliefs, traditions, and history of the frontiersman and those of their Muscogee neighbors. This story captured my heart and transported me to that tumultuous time in our history. I am a BIG FAN now and I can’t wait to read more!I received a copy of this book from the author for the purpose of providing an honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.

  • Regina
    2019-04-07 23:10

    A suspenseful and gripping tale!All I can say for this novel is WOW! This book had me on edge and turning the pages quickly. Before I knew it I was finished! I cannot wait to see what happens next.

  • Michelle
    2019-04-13 21:27

    `The Red Feather` is the first novel in the Beneath the Blackberry Moon series. It is a historical fiction novel about the Creek Indians by author April W. Gardner. The setting is the Mississippi Territory- 1813.This novel is rather long - 409 pages, and to admit it there were a few times I was ready to throw in the towel and forget it. But, just as I was about to chunk the novel, an interesting part of the story kept me going. Because the novel has a glossary, discussion questions, maps, a list of the Cast of Characters, a list of historical figures along with their bio's, and a Creek war timeline, this series would be an excellent choice for a book club.The author is good at creating a world the reader can associate with, one that the reader can believe in. Some of the words dispersed within the novel is the language of the Creek Indians, so some skipping over words is bound to happen. However, it doesn't take over the storyline. If you are looking for an action-packed read this summer, this is the series you want.Disclaimer: I would like to thank the author for sending me this novel to review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

  • Emock
    2019-04-02 23:26

    Yes! This book has it all... Compelling story, developed characters with chemistry, well grounded setting, excellent diction and use of native language. Really what does this story lack? I was aware that this was a saga and would continue in to other books, so that didn't bug me. The author artfully foreshadows and ties in pieces over large cross sections. This one is worth every minute and more!

  • Sandra
    2019-03-26 20:22

    I loved, loved this book. The main character Adela, was a strong but loving character. The story has love, romance, adventure, faith and Gods love. A little bit of something for everyone. Their is a scene in the fort that may be a little difficult for some, although it was very authentic. I received a copy of this book from the author, which I am so thankful for. I was not aware of April Gardner before reading this story of hers. I can't wait to move on to the second book.

  • Karen Hadley
    2019-04-19 19:13

    I have fallen in love with this series.From the minute I began reading I was hooked.I love the story of a man and a woman fromtwo different cultures. How God uses the womanto lead others to Christ as she serves as a slave.The community of the Indian tribe is so wonderfuland how they fiercely loyal to their clans.

  • Thestoryenthusiast
    2019-04-03 22:24

    Wow. Just wow. This story gripped me from beginning to end. It is clear it is very well researched and I found the details of Indian history in the southeastern U.S. fascinating. I can't wait to read more of Totka and Copper Woman's story in the next book.

  • Amy Moody
    2019-04-09 23:26

    Wonderful! I loved this whole series, couldn't put it down. The characters all have such depth and she brings the history alive. Very "Last of the Mohicans", should be turned into a movie!

  • Susan McCammon
    2019-03-29 18:32

    I love this book. I love Christian fiction and I live historical fiction and this has both. I now have a better understanding of the Creek Native American people.

  • Karen Hadley
    2019-04-14 18:37


  • Kerri
    2019-04-08 23:23

    The book needed more plot development. Spent to much time with the feelings that the 2 main characters felt for each other, but not much of a storyline. I hope that book 2 is better.

  • Lynda Knapp
    2019-04-18 22:12

    Nice job, April Gardner!I liked this book - although it didn't have "the guy gets the girl" ending that I was hoping for. You would have to read the next book in the series to find out what happens with the characters. If you are expecting an ending between Totka and Adela, it is not in this book. I am not sure if I will continue with the Creek Country Saga.

  • Brenda
    2019-03-26 19:27

    I've always had a soft spot for books that are based in the old west with Indians, etc. I guess it must be growing up with "Little House On The Prairie" books.....It started there for me but I remember reading many books about the hardships people faced in the western states they moved to and had to share the land with Indians who although may have been peace loving people could become fighing savages if crossed. That is what happened in this book. Adela McGirth's pledged in secret to become a wife of a man her sister has coveted for years and the truth comes out after their homes are in danger and they have to move to the fort for safety. The Captain in charge doesn't believe the black slaves or helpers who come in and say they have see "red sticks" as they call the warring Creek people. He doesn't keep the doors of the fort closed and the armed guards in place and the families there are slaughtered. Adela and her Mother who is pregnant live and are taken prisoner of the Creek people as slaves. I can't tell any more of the story or I would spoil it. Much of the story is based on factual happenings, the author did a great job of fleshing out a story from paperwork she found telling of happenings in the area she based the story in. I really liked this story, and finished it over two days. I hope the review will be helpful to you. If you liked the old western stories of those who traveled and lived in the states before peacefulness reigned then you also will enjoy this book!Here is the information from the back of the book:On the frontier, Adela McGirth's life is simple, rugged, and exactly to her liking. Her greatest concern is whether to marry the settlement's most eligible young officer. When a distant war spills over into a nearby skirmish, life takes a perilous turn. Deep in enemy territory Adela must choose between the man she loves and a baby that has yet to be born; will she be strong enough to wait on God's provision?A peaceful yet loyal Creek Warrior, Nokos is dragged into the inevitable war against the settlers whom he has grown to respect. No matter which path he follows, someone he loves will die. Forced into aligning with the extremist Red Stick faction, Nokos must ready his bow to eradicate his neighbors from Creek soil. Inside, rages a battle of another sort. The struggle against the Spirit.Having lived a life plagued with death and loss, Zachariah McGirth is a man on a mission - he'll have his revenge or die trying. Blinded by grief, he can't see his way clear of yet another tragedy. Why has God taken everything from him...or has He?Their lives molded by the course of history, can these Wounded Spirits learn to rely on God's grace during one of the bloodiest conflicts in the South?

  • Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
    2019-04-13 19:30

    The American south of 1813 is far from the fancy plantations this reader expected. In fact, a certain down-home folksy sense pervades these pages. Characters are ‘regular folks’ not the wealthy… and the countryside is depicted in a wonderfully visual way. Adela is an amazing, engaging, and incredibly appealing main character. She worries about causing other people concern, she is conflicted about which is the most-right thing to do. Throughout we find her torn loyalty, sorrowing over the war. In short, she’s a really nice person who is guided by kindness and concern for others. She’s never selfish, or caught in irrational rage – she worries about proprieties, but also about feelings, and about how certain actions might hurt others. It’s easy to admire her – and to find yourself worrying about the choices that confront her. Second Lieutenant Phillip Bailey is her sweetheart, and right off, we’re struck by his self-assurance and determination. He so earnestly proclaims his love. Still, he’s dropped one sister abruptly in favor of Adela; secretly too. Can he actually be as good as he seems? And – will another take her heart – will she find true love with someone not a part of her community? Running parallel to Adela’s life, is the story of a Native Creek family, whose lives will also be entangled by conflict. Their lives are portrayed with great attention to detail. We see and understand the concerns of the Natives, and sympathize with them. It’s as if we see both sides of the conflict, from that side, wholly. It’s a little alarming. From the first, we have this sense of people going toward a future they think they can see and predict, full of hope. The conflict, both between people individually and between the different ethnic groups, builds tension throughout. And they will bring the main characters abruptly together, as well. Adela – difficult choices or not – remains the person we meet at the start, utterly admirable and rising to challenges. Perhaps, a failing might have made her somewhat more human, but honestly, I thought of that point far later. At the first reading, all one thinks is ‘what happens next?” This historic romance and adventure novel brings home a spirit of kindness, and a belief not only in God but in good, and simple goodness, that is sweet and charming, and so much more. You don’t need to be a fan of the inspirational to be left feeling a fuzzy glow from this one – do read. originally posted at http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...

  • Sherry Bledsoe
    2019-03-25 22:28

    A historical love storyI have never really been interested in historical literature about our Native American Nations and so never read fictional books on this subject either. I am ashamed to admit I knew so very little especially since my maternal grandfather had so much Cherokee blood and was proud of having Cherokee blood running in his veins. This book opened a world for me and both made me ashamed of the treatment of NA's and also proud of my NA heritage. As for this novel, I couldn't wait to see what was on the next page. The characters of the sisters were so real to me that I found myself having strong emotions about them (I disliked Elizabeth and grew to be proud of her strength later on. I thought Lillian was a charming little sister and grew to find her winey and selfish. I loved the relationship that the parents had with Beth, Adella, and Lillian. I had a wide spectrum of opinions about both Phillip and Tokaya) and this is due to excellent, flesh and blood character descriptions. The storyline was well researched yet the narrative flowed as a story not as a textbook. I can't wait to read the next installment and hope it becomes available under my Kindle Unlimited Club Plan (which is how I discovered this book). I can't think of a better compliment to a writer than to have the reader anxious to continue reading their story. It had a few punctuation and misspelled words but I have come to believe that this is Amazon's fault and not the authors. I find EVERY BOOK I HAVE READ ON KINDLE to have misspelled words, punctuation problems and occasionally repeated paragraphs or missing a page. This can't possibly be a problem for every author. I have reread books from the hard copy to the Kindle copy (because I liked a book so much and wanted to read it again) and found problems only with the Kindle version. I think there is definite bugs to work out with ereaders that should not be blamed on the authors. It is either bugs or pure sloppiness on Amazon's part in order to get all of these books printed on to the ereader format. Hopefully, this problem will be rectified as more readers elect to read new issue novels on ereaders rather than buy hard or soft copy material. I have slowly come to the decision that the rating of books to be influenced by poor typing is unfair to both writer and readers. This is not always the case, however, as some of these books are self published and haven't had the benefits of editing and all the perks that come with publishing thru big publishing houses.

  • Tracy Krauss
    2019-04-20 17:07

    I loved this book! Now that I’ve got that out there, let me tell you why. Wounded Spirits by April Gardner is compelling, well written, fast paced, entertaining, informative without becoming expository, has interesting well-developed characters, and from an historical perspective, delves into an area of ‘forbidden love’ that is uncommon in this genre. Have I missed anything?Set in the Southeastern US during the early 1800s, we are dumped smack into the middle of a conflict between the settlers and the indigenous people of the area. The ‘Creek War’ as it has been called, is told from both the point of view of a white family and a ‘Creek’ family – a refreshing take on this real historical event. In the midst of the blood and carnage, love manages to creep into the mix.Adela McGirth is taken captive by a Creek warrior along with her mother and sister after a bloody raid. In fact, they are taken for their own safety, since the warrior had once been helped by the McGirth family when he was a child. Taking them as ‘slaves’ ensures their survival since they would have been slaughtered along with everyone else left in the fort. Adela’s father, who was away at the time, does not know the truth. Thinking his whole family has been killed, he sets off on a quest for revenge. Meanwhile, Totka, a relative of the captor, has been put in charge of the women. He shows them kindness and patience as he takes his role as protector and provider to heart. Mutual admiration and respect soon blossom into love for Totka and Adela, but a relationship seems unfathomable. Not only are they from completely different worlds, but Adela’s strong Christian faith stands in the way as an insurmountable stumbling block.Without revealing any more, let me just say that the end was a bit of a surprise, although it did read ‘true’. If you want to know what I mean, you have to read this book. It is a solid five stars in my books on every count. I was left wanting more – please!

  • Katie
    2019-04-06 23:29

    From the first chapter of this wonderful book, Wounded Spirits kept me turning the page - breathless to find out what would happen to Adela next. A book like that deserves the 5 stars I'm giving it! In this story, there is adventure, peril, romance, heartache, challenges, redemption, and lessons to be learned from everything. Certainly a read you won't want to miss, and I am pretty sure I will be picking it up in the near future to read again!The relationship between Adela and Phillip was an interesting twist and opener for this story. While he displayed an outwardly charming and perfectly dashing character I felt him rather skin-deep and pushy towards Adela as the story progressed. To be able to tell this just from the way the author portrayed him to act was, I thought, wonderful. Adela herself was an amazing character to get to know. April really knew how to describe her characters in such a way, I felt as if they were real people. Totka, Zachariah, and Lillian were also well developed and believable characters.There were a few spots in the book where it got a little physically between characters who were not yet married to each other. Nothing serious happened, yet I was slightly uncomfortable as to where it was going until the heroine, Adela, put a stop to it. It didn't ruin the book for me, but I just wanted to point this out, as it may not be suitable for younger readers.As a whole, this book was a wonderful read and I recommend it for those of you who love a good adventure story mixed in with a love story. Adela's winning personality and heroic efforts to support her mother and sister after they are captured by the Indians was sweet to read and endeared her to me. And once you read the last pages, you will be looking forward to the sequel even more - yes, it is a bit of a cliffhanger! ;-)Thanks goes to April Gardner for sending me an Advance Readers Copy of Wounded Spirits to review!

  • Michelle
    2019-04-01 16:20

    What a heart-pounding historical romance! This is my favorite kind of novel. It has emotional impact, spiritual impact, and was well-written. The plot was full of rich, historical detail and honest inner dialog. In short, this book had me near tears a few times because of it's powerful message. The pacing was fantastic and it was truly hard to put down. I loved how the author showed both sides of the horrible war through contrasting perspectives. At the same time this showed how the natives and the whites both received heavy losses because they were unable to deal with things diplomatically and reacted out of pain and the need for revenge until they ultimately decimated each other. This was very well done. The horror of the attack on Fort Mims was powerful. At the same time Zechariah's background in caring for an orphan years prior ended up helping him and his family in ways he never imagined. I absolutely loved Adela's character and how her heart exemplified Christ's love. Her character was in essence everything love is, and her sister exemplified everything love is not. Adela was a strong woman because of Jesus permeating her life with His spirit. People noticed this about her. I got tears in my eyes when she said regarding the invisible God, "Don't you see Jesus in me?" That's how we should all be, right? At the same time my heart broke for her because while she was obeying the Lord regarding not being unequally yolked, it obviously pained her to do the right thing. Yet in the end I couldn't help agreeing that what she did was the better choice as it caused her beloved to seek the one true God. True love does what is in the other person's best interest. What a convicting message. Tears filled my eyes as the book came to an end. Now I feel sad that I can't be part of the character's lives anymore.

  • Patricia Kemp Blackmon
    2019-04-11 22:17

    Adela McGirth is confused as to whether she should marry a young soldier she has know since childhood. She enjoys the attention he gives her and he makes her heart race, but she doesn't know if she wants to spend the rest of her life with him. Besides all that her one of her sisters has spoken many times about wanting to marry him.The frontier was far from being tamed. The land her family owns is settled but they have been warned that the Creek Indians could possibly attack the white settlement. So all the families in the surrounding area decide to build a fort in hopes it will protect them in case of attack. Adela's father left the fort in order to check on their farm and Adela felt it her responsibility to look after her two sisters and their mother while he was away. This may be harder to do than she could have ever imagined.Totka, a young Creek warrior is ordered by his brother to protect the the white woman and her daughters. How could he protect the very people he was at war with? He took his responsibility serious and tried to make sure they were kept from harm, especially now that he has lost his heart to the brave young white woman.I was so pulled into this book! The author made me feel as if I was living through all the pain and sorrow with these women. I continue to be amazed at the faith in God, bravery and fortitude the women had to have in order to stay alive back then.When I finished reading the book I couldn't wait to read book two, The Warring Spirits.I highly recommend this book.I rated this book a 5 out of 5.DisclosureI won this book on a blog giveaway contest and was provided a copy by the author. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.

  • Renee
    2019-04-02 16:37

    Be on the lookout for all the great new names in fiction this year including April Gardner. The setting and *sigh* worthy romance reminded me very much of one of my favorite Christian fiction authors, Laura Frantz. I love historical fiction but a lot of it tends to be set during the Civil War or shortly thereafter in the Western frontier towns. This book set in Creek Country during the Creek War is such a refreshing change, it makes the historian in me want to go out and research, research, research! Finally a topic that I haven't read about over and over again. Of course by now you're wondering about the romance, well it certainly Sizzles (yes that's sizzles with a capital "s"). I was a little unsure of where Adela's relationship with Phillip was headed but by the end of the book I had that "aha" moment. I'm sure we will be seeing more of Phillip in the future but I can't say whether or not that will be a good thing but it will certainly make things interesting! Let me also just say if you're like me and enjoy a book with a forbidden romance, you're in luck. Sorry to tease but I'm not telling you who is involved in this relationship, you'll just have to read Wounded Spirits to find out! Hint: One of these people is not the aforementioned Phillip! ;-)Are you intrigued? I hope so. This is a great inspirational romance and I definitely hope to read Book 2, Warring Spirits in the future! ***Special thanks to April Gardner for sending me a review copy.***