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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 just finished the three book in this series, and just downloaded the 4th The untold stories. It is difficult to say how much I enjoyed these stories. Full of history, suspense and believable characters. Some I loved and some not so much, but these books are just good historical fiction. I hope April is in the process of writing more. I thoroughly enjoyed them.
I bought the whole trilogy and they were wonderful. I would highly recommend this series for a wonderful, entertaining and learning experience. The author truly did her research and built a great story.
I enjoyed this second book in this series. I felt I was there with the characters. It is so well written. I have already gotten into the third book. Ms. Gardner is a wonderful author. I hope she continues writing!