Author: Abbie Williams

Gut Wrenching! Soul of a Crow by Abbie Williams

Posted June 20, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 4 Comments

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Gut Wrenching! Soul of a Crow by Abbie WilliamsSoul of a Crow by Abbie Williams
Series: Dove #2
Published by Central Avenue Publishing on June 5, 2016
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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It is 1868. The country is still reeling from the brutal effects of the Civil War, just a few short years earlier. Lorie Blake, a beautiful young woman orphaned by the War, and who escaped the miserable prison of her life as a prostitute in a Missouri whorehouse, now takes wing, embarking on a breathtaking overland journey northwest. With Lorie is her newfound family – brothers Boyd and Malcolm Carter, experienced horseman Sawyer Davis, and his beloved paint mare, Whistler. For the first time in years, there seems reason to hope. Thrown together by the circumstances of fate, and now deeply bound by love, each of them are determined to begin new lives as homesteaders in Minnesota.

But alas, the past refuses to die quietly. Former Confederate soldiers Sawyer and Boyd are haunted by the scavenger-like specters of a War that refuses to stay buried, a conflict never truly put to rest. New friends emerge and old enemies arise, as ancient hatreds boil over in the hearts of the men who survived. In the face of incredible odds, Lorie must rely upon all of the emotional strength in her soul as she battles for the life of her true love, and towards the enduring promise of a new beginning in the north.

A passionate, sweeping epic, Soul of a Crow is the second book in the Dove Series. The first book, Heart of a Dove is a gold medalist in the Independent Publishers Awards.

 

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The story resumes from where the first book ended with Lori Blake having just been rescued by Sawyer Davis. They joined Boyd Carter and his 12-year old brother to continue their journey to Minnesota to apply for a homestead next to Boyd’s uncle.

 
The relationship between Sawyer and Lori is the central focus of the story. Their unique bond is extraordinary, being both wondrous and tragic as they encounter numerous challenges while making their way along the trail adjacent to the Iowa River. The relationship between the entire group is also heartwarming, the story strengthened by the flashbacks to their lives before, during and at the end of the Civil War.

 
One of the more compelling aspects of this story is the examination of the impact of war on the men who served on the battlefield and the families they left behind. The emotional toil wrought by this particular war was described and portrayed in ways I hadn’t considered and was enlightening.

 
You cannot help but embrace these characters and the families they encounter during their journey. The tragedies they experienced broke my heart at times but the ultimate triumphs wrenched me forward. I’m loving this story and am anxious to read the final book in the trilogy.

About Abbie Williams

I am writer Abbie Williams, and I have been addicted to love stories ever since first sneaking my mother’s copy of The Flame and the Flower; since then, I’ve been jotting down stories of my own in notebook after spiral-bound notebook. Well, that is until I got a computer that was equipped with Word, one fine day.

I spend my days with my own true love, our three daughters, and a very busy schedule. I am most happy when I can sneak in a few hours to write and thereby indulge in visiting the characters in my stories.

When I’m not writing, teaching or spending time with my family, you can find me listening to my favorite musical groups of all time: Alison Krauss and Union Station, the Wailin’ Jennys, and The Be Good Tanyas. If there’s time in the evening, I might watch a few episodes of Hell on Wheels and eat a jar of crunchy peanut butter.


Oh, My Aching Heart, Plus a Giveaway! Heart of a Dove by Abbie Williams

Oh, My Aching Heart, Plus a Giveaway! Heart of a Dove by Abbie Williams

Posted November 25, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

The story Lorie Blake grew up in a loving family in Tennessee. At the age of 15, her world was horribly altered after losing her entire family to the Civil War and typhoid fever. She was sold to a brothel in St. Louis by someone who was supposed to provide for her care. The next three years were a struggle of survival until her liberation by four unknown men from her home town. Their subsequent odyssey to Minnesota for a fresh start bonds them for life and begins an extraordinary romance. What’s to love This story haunted me so much I gave up trying to sleep and just finished it. It’s beautifully done, even those miserable moments that were painful to follow. We experience everything […]


Review: Second Chances by Abbie Williams

Review: Second Chances by Abbie Williams

Posted September 3, 2013 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

This story resumes where the last one ended, with Bly Tilson having to return home to Oklahoma and face charges for having violated his parole. Joelle is planning to make the trip to see him before his court date and meet his mother for the first time. Meanwhile, she’s leaving behind her pregnant teenaged daughter and a soon to be ex-husband who seems to be having second thoughts. I love these characters, especially Joelle and Bly’s romance. I’m not normally a fan of the older woman/younger man relationship premise but there’s a lot here that works. You won’t find any of the traditional traps common for this storyline and you quickly forget the age difference. Bly’s terribly romantic and sensual and Joelle seems to have overcome […]


Review: Summer at the Shore Leave Cafe by Abbie Williams

Posted February 12, 2013 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

Summer at the Shore Leave Café  By Abbie Williams  Book #1 in the Shore Leave Café series  Contemporary Romance  Joelle Gordon is leaving Chicago and her cheating husband to head for her hometown of Landon, Minnesota. WIth her three beautiful daughters in tow, Joelle is bombarded with an onslaught of memories that Landon evokes. Landon — home to the Shore Leave Cafe, the restaurant Joelle’s family owns — has some surprises in store for Joelle. Finding herself confronted with the reality of single motherhood, a mysterious but handsome young staffer at the Shore Leave Cafe, her upset daughters, and the prospect of returning to her husband for the well-being of her kids, Joelle must make decisions she never thought she’d face. A story about heartbreak, […]