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Spirit Woman Paperback – March 1, 2016
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I am not sure I would say just for over 18 because in today's world many could fall into these traps long before 18. I would let my grandchild read it in her teens (early teens if I felt she was in trouble of finding herself in trouble). This can be a warning book, to teach some what to look for and hopefully others what to watch out for and get away before thing get bad. I can't wait to finish it.I love the native american story telling.THIS IS A GREAT BOOK AND I DIDN'T HAVE A CHANCE AT READING HE FIRST ONE, WILL HAVE TO GO BACK TO IT. AND I CERTAINLY WANT TO READ THE REST. YOU LAUGH AND CRY, YOU FEEL HER PAIN AND WANT HER JOY. BUT CAN YOU EVEN IMAGE HER STRENGTH TO TAKE SO MUCH GRACEFULLY, TO INURED TILL SHE CAN GET AWAY. The life of Nickie is heartbreaking, yet you feel for the strength she develops even as a young child though she doesn't see it. The friends she has are so much more then she realizes in the way they love her but though she thinks they are each so wonderful that they can care for her even though she doesn't see herself as worthy of love. She is someone I certainly would love to call a friend and I hope life gets better for her, if she stays to fight for her life.
Author: Debra Shiveley Welch
Publisher: Red Road Books
Series: Cedar Woman Book 2
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
"Spirit Woman" by Debra Shiveley Welch
What good writing with some off the chart well developed, defined. portrayed and believable
characters [from Nickie, Shelagh, Boy Ladd, Rosie Logan Javen] only to name a few that will definitely keep your attention on this subject: ABUSE! How Nickie had gone through such a horrible childhood and it seems like she will also have it in her grown up life too. As Nickie
"looks into the windows of the houses she passes. She had done so since a little girl: peering into the lighted rooms of other families, wondering if they were the kind of family she so longed for." Will Nickie finds what she is looking for and that is love, but will she find it other than in her pet cockatoo, Beau. This was really one interesting story where in the end all will be racing to save Nickie from that horrible person who seems to out to get her. Will Beau be able to help? This will be suspenseful read with so many twist and turns all the way to the very end. And in the end....we find there will be a cliffhanger as we will have to go to Book 3 [Brave Heart Woman] to get the continued story. I will say this read is not for the faint of heart...it is definitely one that will dig down deep in one's soul long after the read.
You want to read this book and it's not because of the important subject matter that other reviewers have told you is there and because it has won an award. No, it's because once you start reading Spirit Woman, you won't want to stop.
Great plot, great writing, great characters (good and just plain awful), great background of Native American tribal lore, and food. Yes, food. Don't you want to read all those great dishes that Nickie is cooking and what's being served at Cedar Woman? Of course you do.
You want to read about the beautiful Nickie and her horrifying childhood and the very, very wrong choice she makes out of loneliness. You will read away, wanting to know what is going to happen next, routing for Nickie and her amazing friends.
And BAM, it's over and we have to wait for the sequel. Come on Debra Shively Welch, why did you do this to me?
While you're waiting, why not read Cedar Woman (what, you haven't read Cedar Woman yet?).
As for the cockatoo, his name is Beau and, oh stop laughing, he's very important.
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