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Product Details

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Vinspire Publishing (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981989616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981989617
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #558,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The characters will grip your heart, the story will seize your mind, and the hope at the end will leave you with the surety that your God is bigger than any human troubles.
--Christian Review of Books

April Gardner's debut book is a well-crafted, emotionally engaging romance. Overall, a very pleasant read with a great storyline and brilliant presentation. --Novel Reviews

This is a debut novel to remember --Suzanne Woods Fisher, author of The Choice

About the Author

Librarian, reviewer, and avid reader, April adores anything books. She writes a weekly column for the joint blog, Reflections in Hindsight, and is the founder and senior editor of the website, Clash of the Titles.
April loves to hear from her readers at: aprilgardnerwrites@gmail.com
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April Gardner has been a military brat, missionary's kid, and military spouse. After 21 years in various countries overseas, April happily resides in Georgia with her USAF husband. In her free time, April enjoys reading, gardening, and DIY. In no particular order, she dreams of owning a horse, visiting all the national parks, and speaking Italian.

Librarian, reviewer, and avid reader, April adores anything books. She writes a weekly column for the joint blog, Reflections in Hindsight, and is the founder and senior editor of the website, Clash of the Titles.

April loves to hear from her readers at: aprilgardnerwrites@gmail.com

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Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down!
Rebekah
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.
Katie Garvin
April Gardner did a wonderful job of creating numerous very unique and believable characters.
Jennifer Slattery, novelist, New Hope Publishers

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Slattery, novelist, New Hope Publishers on November 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
April Gardner's debut album is a well-crafted, emotionally engaging romance that immersed me in two very different, yet painfully intertwined cultures--that of the burgeoning settler and the dwindling Native American warrior. Intrigue, and perhaps even a hint of scandal, sprinkled across the first page, plunged me instantly into the story. In chapter one, we meet the young, studious Adela, a woman bound by a deep sense of honor and loyalty, yet smitten by a forbidden love--in a hesitant, uncertain sort of way. She tells herself that it is loyalty to her sister that keeps her from falling into Philip's arms, but deep in her heart, doubts arise. Does she really love this man, or is she merely attracted to his good looks? And are his strong, at times overly assertive, advances, signs of love or domination?

This romance is further complicated by intense feelings of guilt. Her older sister, Elizabeth loves Philip and is determined to become his wife. Obviously, Philip doesn't return her sentiments. And he's really not concerned about how Elizabeth will feel when she finds out he's been secretly pining for her younger sister. Adela, however, is very concerned. Elizabeth is a strong-willed woman, accustomed to getting her way. Adela has always been more than willing to let her sister have it, until now. But is Philip worth hurting her sister and perhaps even breaking their ailing mother's heart?

Adela is terrified by the proposition and would prefer to let things lie until a final decision has been made, but things unravel, exposing her and Philip's romance. For the first time in her young life, Adela is forced to speak her mind. Will her family understand, or will they grow to hate her? And what of her ailing mom, who appears to be growing sicker day by day?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S Oz on December 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
A wonderful read! The relationship between Adela and the Creek Indians is a compelling one. You won't be able to put this book down. If you're looking for a Christmas gift for the reader in the family or just want to fill the long winter hours I highly recommend this too readers young and not so young. :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julie Cannon on November 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
This story of a young woman's quiet dependence on God, mingled with a compelling history of the Creek Indians, carried me off on a thought-provoking journey to the past. A sparkling debut!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LAS Reviewer on February 21, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katie Garvin on November 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
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 his 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!

- Katie
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