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Wounded Spirits Paperback – November 1, 2010

4.6 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in the Creek Country Saga Series

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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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APRIL W GARDNER writes history with a Christian perspective and a little imagination. She is a copyeditor, military wife, and homeschooling mother of two who lives in Middle Georgia. She writes Christian historical romance with a focus on our Southeastern Native Tribes. In no particular order, April dreams of owning a horse, learning a third language, and visiting all the national parks.
 
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Product Details

  • 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,355,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was enthrilled by the book and sacrificed my sleeping hours just to greedily keep turning the pages. BUT I was utterly disappointed by the trick of the writer not to let the romance get fullfiled by the end of the book, only to make the readers purchase the next books. So much action and anticipation led only to a stand by ending?
I was awed by the portraying of each character and the way they interacted with each other, so realistic, so exciting.
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I love reading historical romantic books, and Gardner did not disappoint in this novel. Beneath the Blackberry Moon is full of history and passion that is so intense that you just cannot put it down! The setting is during the Creek War's and the white settlers against the Indians of that territory. The story centers around two main characters. Todka, one of the "red stick" indians and Adela McGirth, a captive taken along with her mother and sister during the raid of one of the forts. Adela is a young lady with godly convictions that she holds on to, even as a slave in indian captivity. She is appalled by their ways, traditions, scalping and war paint, but as she lives among them she realizes that this is all they have ever known since their beginnings. They are upright and sincere in their beliefs. She feels herself drawn to the handsome Totka and he to her against his will. She will not surrender even though she loves him because of her love for her creator.This he does not understand and causes him to hate her "creator." This is a most interesting and wonderfully written book, enlightening the reader in the ways of native indians. How can the two opposite worlds come together with so much toil, war, killings, hunger and death happen? April Gardner does this in such a way that you will not want to put the book down. It was my honor to read and review this book for the author.
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This is a fabulous book with some romance in it. Mostly, it’s the early 1800s historical story of the Zachariah McGirth family, their relationships with the natives, and the Creek wars. It’s a story of war and loss, prejudice and survival. The main character is Adela. She's the middle of the McGirth daughters and the one with the most common sense. She is a Christian with convictions, and she strives throughout this book to live as Christ would have her live—in the most difficult of situations. Adela is the one who literally keeps the family together and helps the others in their hours of greatest need. I fell in love with her.

Contrasted with Adela are her two boyfriends, Phillip and Totka. One shows her true love, and the other thinks he loves her. Another contrast is between Adela’s two sisters: Elizabeth and Lillian. I loved Adela’s parents, Zachariah and Galena. They are opposites, yet complimentary. There is a depth to these people that’s revealed as the story is told.

I was amazed at Mrs. Gardner’s ability to tell about the war as if she were a seasoned warrior herself. The skirmishes and battles live. She describes both the Native Americans and the settlers with an evenness and lack of prejudice, though she exposes the prejudices of the time and the reasons behind them. She understands the problems on both sides of the war.

The ending is just right—and it makes you want to read a sequel.
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Intense realistic writing captures the readers interest and won't let go. Her writing reminds me of Sara Donati's 'Into the Wilderness' and the same style of writing as Diana Gabaldon. The books are a continuing series, not stand alone novels. With this in mind, the characters are developed over time and the emotions are captivating and real. It is easy to imagine this happening and playing out. I can't wait for more!!
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Great story full of rich descriptions and characters. The "cliffhanger" in the end did not really bother me as it did some other reviewers because I condenser this a full story in its own right. The book is not short so we get an in-depth look at each character and why they do what they do. The story telling and pacing flowed well and kept me reading till the end. I look forward to the next one!
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April Gardner's debut album is a well-crafted, emotionally engaging romance that immersed me in two very different, yet painfully intertwined cultures--that of the burgeoning settler and the dwindling Native American warrior. Intrigue, and perhaps even a hint of scandal, sprinkled across the first page, plunged me instantly into the story. In chapter one, we meet the young, studious Adela, a woman bound by a deep sense of honor and loyalty, yet smitten by a forbidden love--in a hesitant, uncertain sort of way. She tells herself that it is loyalty to her sister that keeps her from falling into Philip's arms, but deep in her heart, doubts arise. Does she really love this man, or is she merely attracted to his good looks? And are his strong, at times overly assertive, advances, signs of love or domination?

This romance is further complicated by intense feelings of guilt. Her older sister, Elizabeth loves Philip and is determined to become his wife. Obviously, Philip doesn't return her sentiments. And he's really not concerned about how Elizabeth will feel when she finds out he's been secretly pining for her younger sister. Adela, however, is very concerned. Elizabeth is a strong-willed woman, accustomed to getting her way. Adela has always been more than willing to let her sister have it, until now. But is Philip worth hurting her sister and perhaps even breaking their ailing mother's heart?

Adela is terrified by the proposition and would prefer to let things lie until a final decision has been made, but things unravel, exposing her and Philip's romance. For the first time in her young life, Adela is forced to speak her mind. Will her family understand, or will they grow to hate her? And what of her ailing mom, who appears to be growing sicker day by day?
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