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Wounded Spirits Paperback – November 1, 2010
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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
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I was awed by the portraying of each character and the way they interacted with each other, so realistic, so exciting.
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.
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?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
WOW! I am still dreaming about her story, this book is amazing and will truly be one that I recommend to all of my friends and family.Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
April Gardner has captured the beautiful contrast between the beliefs, traditions, and history of the frontiersman and those of their Muscogee neighbors. Read morePublished 19 days ago by BethErin
Loved this whole series.But she put too many stores in between the #1 and the other two.Published 1 month ago by CLM
All I can say for this novel is WOW! This book had me on edge and turning the pages quickly. Before I knew it I was finished! I cannot wait to see what happens next.Published 1 month ago by Regina F.
I want to start on what gripped me most about Beneath the Blackberry moon.
Ms. Gardner did a lot of research and it shows in her writing. Read more
If you like to read books about the Indians,you'll like this one. Sit down ,relax and enjoy. It's worth readingPublished 2 months ago by Tracy Kirkpatrick
This could have been a great book. I really wanted to love this story. It started out with such great hope and promise of being an excellent story. But the pacing is soooooo slow. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lucy Thompson