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CC Tillery is the pseudonym of two sisters, both authors who came together to write the story of their great aunt Bessie in Whistling Woman. Tillery is their maiden name and the C’s stand for their first initials. One C is Cyndi Tillery Hodges. Cyndi writes under the pseudonym of Caitlyn Hunter. She is the author of the Eternal Shadows series and Winds of Fate, all paranormal romances based on Cherokee legends. She has also written several contemporary romance short stories and a fantasy novella. To find out more about her work, visit her website, http://caitlynhunter.com. The other C is Christy Tillery French. Christy is a multi-published, award winning writer who writes suspense and thrillers. She is the author of The Bodyguard series and four stand-alone suspense novels. To find out more about her work, visit her website, http://christytilleryfrench.com. To find out more about Whistling Woman and the people it is based on, visit http://whistlingwoman.wordpress.com/.

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  • File Size: 3473 KB
  • Print Length: 239 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Spring Creek Press (December 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006H7Z5D2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,029 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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171 of 174 people found the following review helpful By sherryjo on December 6, 2011
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This book will grab your attention from the first sentence and never let you down for the entire read. It is a book based on real people and true occurences. If you enjoy a story that includes characters you will care about and want to know more; Cherokee Indian legends; folk lore; and so much more, you will love this book. The story takes place at the turn of the 20th century in the mountains of North Carolina, and is so well written that you feel like you're the one living in this time and place. I do recommend that you have some time available because when you start this book, it is very difficult to lay it down. I wanted to know what would happen next. And now that I've read Whistling Woman, I hope the authors are already working on the sequel!!!
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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Betty L. Dravis VINE VOICE on March 21, 2012
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When novelists Christy Tillery French and Cyndi Hodges (aka Caitlyn Hunter) were children, sitting at their father's knee while he told them stories about their independent Great-aunt Bessie, they never dreamed that one day they would write a book about her. But that's just what these popular writers did! Whistling Woman is a touching memoir of this unique North Carolina woman of the late 19th century.

I was especially interested in learning more about this fascinating woman because she was a generation earlier than my parents and I thought Bessie would help me get a feel for some of the things my mother went through while growing up in Kentucky. As it turns out--and as it usually does for each successive generation--my mother had it a lot easier, but some of the tales about Bessie are similar to stories my Grannie Sue told. What an interesting time to live!

Bessie was born in 1881 in Hot Springs, North Carolina and was closer to her Papa, who was the area constable, than to her Mama who wanted her to be a prim-and-proper Southern belle. Early evidence of her independence is that she denounced the name she was given at birth, declaring she was "Bessie." She seldom answered to the name Vashti again.

I enjoyed the tales of how her father encouraged her independence in such mischievous ways and how her mother always tried to rein her in. (My father was like that with me too; encouraged my mischievousness and that's probably why I'm still a brat...)

Bessie's Cherokee great-grandmother Elisi adds a lot of wisdom, humor and Indian lore to the story.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 25, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book, being a native North Carolinan. It was engaging and I enjoyed the accurate historic details. I was afraid it would be slow but I didn't. The only criticism was I would like to have read more about the couple after they married.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By LBrennan on January 9, 2013
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...and I am greatly looking forward to the sequel once it is written.

I loved all the characters and I laughed and cried at this endearing, heart tugging (and at times, heart-wrenching) novel about a family in the mountains of NC.

I was sad to reach the last page and say "so long" to the Norton family. I fell in love with "Bess" (the name she gave herself) and her entire family.

If you like reading about life in the 1800's, mixed with some of the Cherokee traditions, you will not be disappointed with this wonderful little book. I say "little book" because it was not long enough...I was left wanting more, more, more!

THANK YOU AMAZON for recommending this book to me to read, otherwise, I would have missed this treasure.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By B. J. Payne on January 14, 2013
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The name of the book and the region caught my attention first. Then the dialog, that is so true to the region, caught me next. A truly well written book that flows so easy, and with details and saying that I've heard all my life. (and still do) Don't pass up this chance at an excellant read.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Whited on February 10, 2013
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Such a sweet little book. It gives a good representation of what life was like back then. It takes you through laughter and great sorrow but always hand in hand with the heroine.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patrick C. Kelly on April 1, 2013
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The kind of book I like, a feel-good book with ups and downs. Real-life, with the good and bad life comes with. I am looking forward to reading the next book about Bessie.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Green on January 16, 2013
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The authors knew their history and wrote a very good story. This is a good read for everyone but especially anyone of Cherokee background wanting to know more about their heritage. The story flows and leaves you wanting to read more about Bessie's life. I'm looking forward to the next book.

A plus is that it is well edited. I'm a little tired of Kindle books that make me want to grab my red ink pen and start editing! Thank you!
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