Beneath the Blackberry Moon: The Sacred Writings by April W. Gardner

28673001Release Date: January 19, 2016

Publisher: Big Spring Press

Genre: Historical Fiction /  Fiction / Romance

Series: Creek Country Saga, Book Two

Be sure to check out my review of the previous book The Red Feather.

Oh my goodness! Where do I begin?!? April W. Gardner has done it once again! If you enjoy a different kind of historical fiction, you aren’t going to want to miss The Sacred Writings.

About the Book:

Big Warrior Totka Hadjo enters his toughest battles yet—the fight for love, the invasion of fear, and the inescapable ashes of each.

The war has ended, and now, Totka Hadjo must endure eleven moons and twenty-six sleeps without his beloved Copper Woman. But he has a two-fold task to keep him occupied: establish a lodge deserving of her and challenge her Jesus Creator to a vision, to prove his existence.

Totka leaves the white settlements with Copper Woman’s holy book, an object with medicine strong enough to keep at bay the hounding ghosts of his unavenged ancestors. But the sacred writings cannot restrain the Bluecoat who has returned from the dead, the one who first owned her heart. From the far reaches of the Muscogee Confederacy, Totka is powerless to stop the onslaught of events that conspire to take his beloved from him forever.

Leaping Waters, Totka’s old passion, is a constant presence he cannot escape, but she might be able to unlock the spiritual mysteries found in the holy book’s talking leaves. While he wades through the confusing symbols, the Choctaws, his ancient enemy, are determined to seize prime Muscogee hunting lands. In the process, they aggravate wounds that might never heal and expose him to a truth too bitter to swallow.

Denial and revenge go down much easier.

My Thoughts

I loved The Sacred Writings! This is the sequel to The Red Feather which picks up exactly where we left off. This time we don’t see an actual historical event because this is Totka’s journey to finding faith in Jesus Christ. The Muskogee culture is so different from ours so it focuses on cultural immersion more than it does history. Gardner does a beautiful job of portraying the people in a respectful and honorable way.

Once again, I felt as if I were truly there with the characters and observing all that was happening. I feel like I can truly understand Totka better and where his people are coming from. I loved getting to visit Totka, Leaping Waters, Little Warrior, Singing Grass, White Stone, Lachlan and so many more of the characters again. Of course, we also meet new and exciting characters as well.

The Creek Wars are over so we get to observe as everyone puts their lives together again. Everyone has been affected and there are so much distrust and prejudice. Will the different people groups learn how to live each other or will things just go downhill?

April’s details come to life. From stickball tournaments to betrayal brought learning how Totka injured his knee, it has it all. This story is unique and rich.

April strings the romance along, but I’m glad she did because it was necessary.

It also has all of the feels! You’ll laugh, cry, cheer. It has all of it. I felt Totka’s confusion and grief. I cried like a baby during certain events that happened. With that being said, make sure you have tissues handy.

This is a beautiful series that everyone needs to read. There is talk about spreading the faith about Jesus, compassion, forgiveness and learning to overcome anger and bitterness.

Looking forward to reading the rest of this series. I NEED MORE!

Highly recommended!

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.


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beach_headshotAbout the April W. Gardner

APRIL W GARDNER writes history with a Christian perspective and a little imagination.

She is a copy editor, military wife, and homeschooling mother of two who lives in Texas. 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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