Beneath the Blackberry Moon: The Red Feather by April W. Gardner

28672968Release Date: January 19, 20

Publisher: Big Spring Press

ISBN: 9780981989617

Genre: Fiction / Historical Fiction / Romance

Series: Creek County Saga, Book One

About the Book

War, captivity, a hunger that will not be denied. And a blackberry moon with enough pulls to endure the test of time.

Frontierswoman Adela McGirth has never feared her neighbors, the Creek Indians, but a suspicious encounter with a steely-eyed warrior shakes her confidence. As dreaded, a skirmish with the natives sends her family fleeing into a hastily constructed fort. But no picket is strong enough to hold off a party of warriors who fear nothing but the loss of their ancient ways.

Totka Lawe, a Red Stick bound by honor to preserve his heritage, will do what he must to expel the whites from Muscogee soil. But in the midst of battle, he is assigned to protect those he’s expected to hate and kill. One of whom is the copper-haired woman who has haunted his thoughts since that strange night under the blackberry moon. The war was simpler before his enemy became a beautiful face with a gentle warrior’s spirit he cannot resist.

But what woman would have a warrior whose blood-soaked hands destroyed her life?

Then again…does she have a choice?


My Thoughts

Where do I even begin? Beneath the Blackberry Moon is incredible!

I’m one of those people that doesn’t bother to read what the book is about because I like to be surprised as I’m reading. 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 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.


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beach_headshotAbout the Author

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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Rescuing the Gospel by Erwin W. Lutzer

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Release Date: March 2016

Publisher: BakerBooks

ISBN: 9780801017131

Genre: Religion / Church History / CLBG

This is a really fun book to get to share with you guys about. I originally got this book for my brother, Kris, because he’s studying to be a pastor and this one of his favorite authors. So, I’m having him help me write this review. Hope you enjoy and thank you for reading.

This book fully explains why it is important for the average person to understand church history and the Reformation. Lutzer includes illustrations of historical figures such as John Wycliffe, Johann Hus, and Martin Luther who brought about different revolutions from the Catholic Church.

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Like Never Before by Melissa Tagg

Release Date: April 5, 201625170227

Publisher: Bethany House

ISBN: 9780764213083

Genre: Fiction / Romance

Series: Walker Family, Book 2

Oh, my word! Where do I even begin to describe this book of pure awesomeness? Melissa captures the reader’s attention from the very first page through an exchange of emails. It’s rare when the first page captures a reader these days so that’s saying a lot! In fact, readers will be flying through these pages as if there was no tomorrow.

Like Never Before is book two of the Walker family series, but it can easily be read a stand-alone without being confused. It’s obvious that Melissa poured her whole heart into this novel. It’s intriguing, witty, thought-provoking, and sometimes quite serious provided the perfect backdrop. Wisdom is found throughout the pages.

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Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund

Release Date: June 2, 2015

Publisher: Bethany House

ISBN: 9780764212383

Genre: Historical Fiction

Series: Beacons of Hope

Have you ever picked up the second book within a series to find that it is really confusing if you haven’t read the previous book prior? You won’t have to worry about that with Hearts Made Whole. This is definitely a must read!
Jody Hedlund has been on my to-read list for awhile now and I was not disappointed. Hedlund has a way of story-telling that you keep you glued to the pages to find out what is going to happen. My favorite part was watching where each character started in the beginning and how they developed in the end. Many topics brought up were very realistic and relatable and will encourage readers. Continue reading