On the frontier, Adela McGirth’s life is simple, rugged, and exactly to her liking. Her greatest concern is whether to marry the settlement’s most eligible young officer. When a distant war among the Natives spills over into a nearby skirmish, life takes a perilous turn.
Deep in enemy territory Adela must choose between the man she loves and a baby that has yet to be born; will she be strong enough to wait on God’s provision?
A peace-loving yet loyal Creek warrior, Totka is forced to align with the extremist Red Stick faction whose purpose is to eradicate the Whites from Creek soil. In the midst of battle, Totka is assigned to protect those he is expected to hate–and kill. Life was simpler before his enemy became a beautiful face with a quiet strength and dignity he cannot resist.
Having lived a life plagued with death and loss, Zachariah McGirth is a man on a mission – he’ll have his revenge or die trying. Blinded by grief, he can’t see his way clear of yet another tragedy. Why has God taken everything from him…or has He?
Their lives molded by the course of history, can these Wounded Spirits learn to rely on God’s grace during one of the bloodiest conflicts in the South.
April Gardner’s Wounded Spirits, the first in her Creek County Saga, is an impressive beginning for this debut author. A moving novel set in the early 1800s and inspired by the historical figures of Red Eagle, a Muscogee Chief and the family of Zachariah McGirth, April delves into the trauma of war, the impact of grief and the torment of forbidden love. I enjoyed the depth of the characters, particularly Adela, Totka and Zechariah as each struggle to make sense of their lives. Historical romance readers will find much to like in Wounded Spirits and I am looking forward to the ongoing story when Warring Spirits releases later in the year.
With thanks to the author for my review copy
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