I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Soul of a Crow by Abbie Williams
Series: Dove #2
Published by Central Avenue Publishing on June 5, 2016
Genres: Historical Romance
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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.
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.