Whistling Woman (Appalachian Journey) (Volume 1)

A whistling woman and a crowing hen never come to a very good end. In the waning years of the 19th century, Bessie Daniels grows up in the small town of Hot Springs in western North Carolina. Secure in the love of her father, resistant to her mother’s desire that she be a proper Southern belle, Bessie’s determined to forge her own way in life. Or, as her Cherokee great-grandmother, Elisi, puts it, a whistling woman. Life, however, has a few surprises for her. First, there’s Papa carrying home a dead man, which seems to invite Death for an extended visit in their home. And shortly before she graduates from Dorland Institute, there’s another death, this one closer to her heart. But Death isn’t through with her yet. Proving another of Elisi’s sayings, death comes in threes, It strikes yet again, taking someone Bessie has recently learned to appreciate and cherish, leaving her to struggle with a family that’s threatening to come apart at the seams. Even her beloved Papa seems to be turning into another person, someone Bessie disagrees with more often than not, and someone she isn’t even sure she can continue to love, much less idolize as she had during her childhood. And when Papa makes a decision that costs the life of a new friend, the course of Bessie’s heart is changed forever.

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  1. An Awesome Read This book will grab your attention from the first sentence and never let you down for the entire read. It is a book based on real people and true occurences. If you enjoy a story that includes characters you will care about and want to know more; Cherokee Indian legends; folk lore; and so much more, you will love this book. The story takes place at the turn of the 20th century in the mountains of North Carolina, and is so well written that you feel like you’re the one living in this time and…

  2. Memoir of the authors’ great-aunt! A regional masterpiece! When novelists Christy Tillery French and Cyndi Hodges (aka Caitlyn Hunter) were children, sitting at their father’s knee while he told them stories about their independent Great-aunt Bessie, they never dreamed that one day they would write a book about her. But that’s just what these popular writers did! is a touching memoir of this unique North Carolina woman of the late 19th century. 

  3. Wonderful book I really enjoyed this book, being a native North Carolinan. It was engaging and I enjoyed the accurate historic details. I was afraid it would be slow but I didn’t. The only criticism was I would like to have read more about the couple after they married.

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