- Paperback: 258 pages
- Publisher: Vinspire Publishing (November 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0981989616
- ISBN-13: 978-0981989617
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,950,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wounded Spirits Paperback – November 1, 2010
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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.
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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
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Top Customer Reviews
I was awed by the portraying of each character and the way they interacted with each other, so realistic, so exciting.
If you love history and romance mixed in with Christian influence, you’ll want to check this one out.
The pages are filled with tons of history that make the story flow beautifully. We’ve all heard certain stories of history about the frontiersmen and Indian tribes, but this was a bit of history that tends to get skipped over. Most of us are familiar with the War of 1812 which was the bigger priority at the time, but aren’t familiar with the Creek Wars. I loved seeing history come to life in story format. Gardner includes a glossary of terms with explanations, a timeline, and more about the real life characters at the back of the book. She explains the history incredibly well that I felt like I was there in 183-1814 with the characters, experiencing everything they are experiencing. In fact, I was so engrossed with the history that I found myself doing a little bit of research for myself because I was curious to know more.
Gardner described the places and characters beautifully. Totka, Adela, Singing Grass, Amadayh, Nokose, Lillian, Galena, and many other characters become like friends and family. They’re memorable long after the book is finished.
I can’t imagine experiencing some of the experiences that Adela experienced, but she displays love, compassion, and forgiveness towards those who have wronged her. This was beautifully done because she this couldn’t have been easy. I mean, if you were in Adela’s shoes and all of your friends and family were murdered in a massacre by the Red Skins and then taken captive as slaves, would you have done the same thing? The struggles and pain are real. You’ll laugh, cry, cheer. It has all of the feels!
Adela even uses this experience to share her faith with the Muscogee people.
There is also the theme of marriage. Adela is a strong believer in God and refuses to be unequally yoked. Totka’s culture is so different from her’s, but he respects her choices even though he doesn’t understand.
Highly recommended for anyone and everyone!
This would be perfect for teachers and homeschoolers to use because there is so much history in story form that it could be used for a several subjects.
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.
It was interesting to read this debut, as it was centered around TWO wars. One being a historically real war between Indians and soldiers, and the other being 3 souls battling an inner war of conflict, heartache and fully trusting in God to overcome the struggles. While written to be fiction, Gardner's rich detail to a time in history that was utterly tragic,filled with slaves and lots of warring action, was fantastic. Every mention of plantations, Indian villages and soldiers brought me deeper into the plot, as if I was a part of the story, running for my life and trying to stay alive.
April Gardner's characters are ALL so meaningful that I can't say that just one is my favorite. Each one went through a struggle that I wish I could have helped them with, yet they all blended together in a storyline that felt absolutely real, like 2011 turned to 1800s!
Though I didn't want to say goodbye to the characters yet, I know that Gardner has another one on the way that will pick up where this start left off. I highly, highly recommend this captivating story with 5 star praises. You'll become a part of history and the raging battles of war first hand. You'll quickly find yourself praying for all the amazing, tender characters like they were your family. If you love history, if you love reading about a time of war, then this start to a fantastic series is the perfect place to turn!
*This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review*