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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.Read more ›
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.
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!
As the eldest child in the family, much of the housekeeping and child minding fell to her. But her close bond with her Papa, the town constable, who seemingly admired the gumption that set her apart from the others, helped nurture the side of her that would flourish as the years passed.
Whistling Woman (Appalachian Journey) is a nonfiction story based on the great-aunt of the authors, and the setting of Hot Springs, North Carolina, in the Appalachian Mountains, was researched thoroughly by them. Additionally, both heard many of the tales about Great Aunt Bessie from their father, whose storytelling abilities were certainly passed down to his daughters.
I was enchanted by the idea of a "whistling woman," and early in the tale, the reader discovers the meaning of the term and will find it quite apt in describing the independent-thinking Bessie. Narrated in Bessie's first person voice, the reader soon connects completely with her thoughts, feelings, wishes and dreams.
What astounding event early in the story sets the tone and spotlights the personalities of the characters? How does the event seem to herald sad happenings that will unfold throughout that year?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I started it several times before I really got into it. Then I couldn't put it down. A little bit of North Carolina history in the olden days. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Yvonne
I enjoyed the book and found it to be an easy read. However, the story started slow and kept that pace throughout. I have the whole series and will continue to finish them. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Interesting to see how the people lived in the early days especially their sicialsPublished 9 days ago by Anita K Moody
Almost made me want to visit north Carolina again
Decent wholesome reading
No unnecessary violence no curses
Kept my interest from beginning the end. Couldn't wait to start Book 2.Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great story, great writing, excellent source of inforrnation on early American history!Published 21 days ago by Marlene K. Ketcham
Whistling Woman is an enchanting tale filled with Appalachian folklore. I thought the story moved a little slowly. It was however well written. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Glenda