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"Gardner does a beautiful job of portraying the [Muskogee] people in a respectful and honorable way." ~Reviewer Becky Van Daniker
"One of the most impressive things about the novel is the authenticity and respect with which the author treats the First Nation culture. It is clear she has done her research, but the events and customs are so intertwined as to never sound expository. Instead, a vibrant history comes alive - a tale of a noble people whose seeming 'savagery', when put into perspective, is quite natural and just." ~ Tracy Krauss, author, artist, playwright
From the Author
My goal as a writer is to create a pleasing blend of the historical romance and historical fiction genres. The Red Feather is my hearty tribute to romance. Isn't Totka dreamy? The Sacred Writings (book 2), while giving a respectable nod to romance, delves into the cultural aspect that history buffs yearn for. It is also a memorial to the Native American tribes who for centuries dominated our Southeastern United States. If you live in Alabama or Georgia, pause for a moment, touch that gorgeous red earth beneath your feet, and remember that this land was not always ours. It first belonged to the Muscogees.
The Sacred Writings, Book 2 in the Beneath the Blackberry Moon series by April Gardner, is possibly my favourite of the trilogy – which is actually saying something since the entire series has completely captivated me. The central character in this book is Totka, the Red Stick brave we met in Book 1, told almost entirely from his point of view. It sheds some important light on the man he is on the inside and the past experiences that shaped him to be the noble hero from the first book, The Red Feather. One of the most impressive things about the novel is the authenticity and respect with which the author treats the First Nation culture. It is clear she has done her research, but the events and customs are so intertwined as to never sound expository. Instead, a vibrant history comes alive – a tale of a noble people whose seeming ‘savagery’, when put into perspective, is quite natural and just. Having read Books 1 and 3 before reading this one, I was thrilled to be reintroduced to this character, his family, his culture, and his strong conviction. Bravo to the author for creating such a substantive and meaningful story. I look forward to more in the saga.
BIG WARRIOR TOTKA HADJO!!!! Can you tell that I am IN LOVE with this guy?!?! I love his passion, dedication to his family, sense of dignity and pride, and his spirituality. This was established in "The Red Feather," but he did not believe that Jesus needed to save him. This book, "The Sacred Writings," builds on the themes, backstory, and present tale established in the previous book. This book is such a redemption story. I LOVED this book. Ms. Gardner does a masterful job revealing how God can take all of the threads of our lives, including the painful ones from our past, into something beautiful
There is a heart-stopping twist in this book!! It took EVERYTHING within to a) keep reading and b) not skip ahead!! You'll know what it is once you get to that part. Keep reading. It is SO worth it. More, more, please! Encore, Ms. Gardner.
April Gardner continues to completely amaze me with her historical, romantic story of Copper Woman and Totka. Her ability to weave spiritual blessings of hope, love and mercy along the pathways of the characters is uplifting and inspiring. I love a book that surprises you enough you have to proclaim out loud "wow I never saw that coming!" If you have not read this 2nd book in the series get ready for a whirlwind of a journey and some big wows along the way!
I loved The Sacred Writings! This is the sequel to The Red Feather which picks up exactly where we left off. This time we don’t see an actual historical event because this is Totka’s journey to finding faith in Jesus Christ. The Muskogee culture is so different from ours so it focuses on cultural immersion more than it does history. Gardner does a beautiful job of portraying the people in a respectful and honorable way.
Once again, I felt as if I were truly there with the characters and observing all that was happening. I feel like I can truly understand Totka better and where his people are coming from. I loved getting to visit Totka, Leaping Waters, Little Warrior, Singing Grass, White Stone, Lachlan and so many more of the characters again. Of course, we also meet new and exciting characters as well.
The Creek Wars are over so we get to observe as everyone puts their lives together again. Everyone has been affected and there is so much distrust and prejudice. Will the different people groups learn how to live each other or will things just go downhill.
April’s details come to life. From stickball tournaments to betrayal brought learning how Totka injured his knee, it has it all. This story is unique and rich.
April strings the romance along, but I’m glad she did because it was necessary.
It also has all of the feels! You’ll laugh, cry, cheer. It has all of it. I felt Totka’s confusion and grief. I cried like a baby during certain events that happened. With that being said, make sure you have tissues handy.
This is a beautiful series that everyone needs to read. There is talk about spreading the faith about Jesus, compassion, forgiveness, and learning to overcome anger and bitterness.
Looking forward to reading the rest of this series. I NEED MORE!
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.
The Scared Writings is the second part of Beneath the Blackberry Moon. by April Gardner. The first book in the series, The Red Feather, leaves the reader rather anxious to find out what will transpire in the year Totka has promised Adela's(Copper Woman) father that he will be gone. He does this so she will be sure that she wants to become his Indian wife and live in their village. He promises to build a lodge for her and be able to provide for her. Adella places a bible in his hands and made him promise he would have someone to help him learn of Jesus, the great creator, because she cannot accept him and become one with him if he does not become a believer....... This book tells what led up to and why Totka became bitter and full of hatred for the white man and also other enemy tribes, even his own father. So interesting to read of their beliefs and tribal customs, superstitions, even their game of hand ball. Will Adella wait for him, can she become "Indian" and accept their customs? Will her father keep his word? Can Totka believe the Creator made all things? Now on to the final book in this series......I was gifted this book for my honest review.