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Whistling Woman (Appalachian Journey Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

CC Tillery , Christy Tillery French , Caitlyn Hunter , John Tillery
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (628 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What readers are saying:

Celia H. Miles, Southern fiction author and editor:
This is family based fiction/history at its best...a story that keeps you reading, wondering, hoping, just as if you were there in the community of Hot Springs, NC.

Wendy Dingwall, Publisher and author:
[The] first sentence grabbed my interest right away...I like stories that offer inspiration and happy endings and this gave me both. I sure hope there’s another book coming about Bessie.

Sherry Cannon, reader:
This book will grab your attention from the first sentence and never let you down for the entire read.

Betty Dravis, Multi-genre author:
What more can I say, except that this book screams for a sequel.

Whistling Woman

“Death first touched my life on an early fall night in 1895 when Papa came home carrying a dead man in his arms.”

...a young woman’s journey of self-discovery in the mountains of western North Carolina during the waning years of the 19th century.

From the author:

Readers liken Whistling Woman to Wilma Dykeman’s The Tall Woman, Catherine Marshall’s Christy, and Laura Ingall Wilder’s Little House series with the southern charm of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.

Take a journey back in time to the mountains of western North Carolina with this engaging page turner, CC Tillery’s debut novel, which combines historical detail, romance, action, “with a good solid story,” “colorful characters,” and a “talent for rich story telling.”

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About the Author

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, 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, To find out more about Whistling Woman and the people it is based on, visit

Product Details

  • File Size: 423 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Spring Creek Press (December 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006H7Z5D2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,232 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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149 of 150 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome Read 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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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
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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. She mocks Bessie's determination to find her own way in life, comparing her to a "whistling woman.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book 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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book... 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A southern gal can relate 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Whistling woman is a nice read 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Memoir 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic
Nostalgic - reminds me of my grandmother when I was a child.
Published 19 hours ago by Shop Shop Shop
4.0 out of 5 stars i particularly enjoyed the well written story line
i particularly enjoyed the well written story line, the Cherokee beliefs, and medicinal qualities of plants. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Suzanne
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story of the time and place
I enjoyed the book but wasn't hooked enough to continue reading other books in the series. My favorite parts of the book were the discussions of the folklore and the home remedies... Read more
Published 8 days ago by R. Steen
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good story, strong characters though not deeply painted. I liked the description of mountain life in that itme.
Published 16 days ago by Lindon
4.0 out of 5 stars Folksy, homespun tale I couldn't put down
I was gently surprised by the depth and character of this story. It is folksy, simple, homespun and I could not put it down as I followed the life of the main character, her... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Apple
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the book!
Very sweet, very clean book that is refreshing in this day and time. Also the book can teach people something about the Cherokee Indians and life in the South. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Sandra V.
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and inviting
I really enjoyed this book. It's not a cookie-cutter modern-day thriller but rather a gentle book depicting the life, tribulations and moral values of generations past.
Published 20 days ago by Deborah Leenutaphong
4.0 out of 5 stars I immediately ordered the follow-up book which is also well written...
A little slow to develop story line. Well written and very emotional story for me. I immediately ordered the follow-up book which is also well written and good story.
Published 21 days ago by sharonswd
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!!
I normally only read paranormal books but while on a cruise I finished reading my book and had nothing to read. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Deborah Heffington
5.0 out of 5 stars Whistling Woman
I loved this book. If you are looking for an action packed story, then this is not for you. This is a story of a family's love for each other though good times and times of... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Schoolmarm
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