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|Format: DRM Protected ePub|
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2015
When Linden Birchfield arrives in the Snowbird Cherokee community to organize the 180th commemoration of the Trail of Tears, she runs head onliterallyinto arrogant former army sniper Walker Crowe. A descendant of the Cherokee who evaded deportation by hiding in the rugged Snowbird Mountains, Walker believes no good can result from stirring up the animosity with the white Appalachian residents whose ancestors looted the tribal lands so long ago.
Though at odds over the commemoration, Linden and Walker must unite against an unseen threat to derail the festival. Together they face an enemy whose implacable hatred can be traced to the events of the Trail, a dark chapter in Americas westward expansion. When called to resurrect his sniper abilities, Walker must thwart the enemy who threatens the modern-day inhabitants of tiny Cartridge Coveand targets the woman who has captured his heart.
HKKentuckyAge: 18-24Gender: Female2 Stars Out Of 5Good book besides the romanceDecember 4, 2015HKKentuckyAge: 18-24Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I have to admit that this book was better than the last one I tried to read by this author! The last one just seemed secular, and I did not finish it. I was able to get through this book, and I enjoyed it for the most part.
First, I liked both of the stories. This book alternated between a contemporary story and a historical one. Both were interesting. Second, I liked the characters. Also, parts of this book were beautifully written.
My problem with this book was the romance. The level of romance was just too much for a Christian fiction book. Not that anything happened. For this reason, I would not recommend this book to teenagers.
Rose BlueWisconsinAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Another Winner from Lisa CarterSeptember 4, 2015Rose BlueWisconsinAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Linden Birchfield finds a diary in an old trunk in her grandmothers attic which leads her to learn more about her ancestor Sarah Jane Hopkins, the writer, and the people she mentions 180 years ago. Sarah Jane helped her physician father, who ministered to the Cherokee when they were evicted from their homes and forced to Oklahoma. The Hopkins journeyed with the Cherokee along the tragic Trail of Tears.
Linden has her own troubles that inhibit her from pursuing a tantalizing relationship with Walker Crowe.
I enjoy the two story threads that Lisa Carter skillfully weaves together. The lives of those whove gone before us can help us learn how to live our lives to the fullest by following their lead or avoiding their mistakes.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Everything I love in a novelSeptember 2, 2015bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This novel has everything I like in fiction. It is well crafted. It has characters who grabbed me. And it informed me of a heartbreaking time in our nation's history.
Carter combines a present day story with that of the relocation of the Cherokee in 1838, a journey known as The Trail of Tears.
In the present day, Linden, trying to get her fledgling PR career going, has arrived in Cartridge Grove to help the Snowbird Cherokee community commemorate the 180th anniversary of their ancestor's experience. Interwoven into that narrative is the story of Sarah Jane, daughter of the white doctor who helped the Snowbird Cherokee and who went along on the journey.
I don't know how an author could pack any more into a novel. In the contemporary narrative, Linden finds a journal that connects us to the historic journey. Carter has thrown in some romance in the contemporary story too as Linden meets Walker, a Cherokee with a past that affects him still. But Linden has a past too, one that she is not willing to face.
I especially liked the historical narrative. I'd read about the Trail of Tears in elementary school but never gave it much thought. Carter has brought the historical event to life. She helps us see the life the Cherokee had in the mountains of North Carolina and the suffering they experienced in the move. A Reader's Note gives us the history of the treaty and the enforced removal. Of the sixteen thousand moved, six thousand perished along the twelve hundred mile route. Carter's fictionalized account of those historical events is heartbreaking.
The interweaving of the historical and present day stories is done expertly. I found the present narrative intriguing and the historical one captivating. The characters have been developed well and are realistic. Linden and Walker are both flawed characters with hurts that need healing. Linden's grandmother is a free spirit, ready to live the life she was forbidden to have decades ago.
And I love to learn something new in a novel. Not only did I learn about the Trail of Tears in 1838, I also learned some of the current social structure of the Snowbird Cherokee and their feelings toward those not Indian. I learned about being a Marine sniper. I learned about the restoring nature of trees. I saw how guilt and pain can be healed by God with the supportive love of others.
This is a great novel and I highly recommend it. There is an extensive discussion guide and this would make a good choice for a reading group. I'll mention just one of the questions: If you were to record a final entry into the journal of your life, what would you write?
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
crtnybcBritish Columbia, CanadaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5One of my favorite books of 2015!July 13, 2015crtnybcBritish Columbia, CanadaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is my favourite hands down of Lisa Carter's books so far. I have a few reasons for this, such as for the story, which is present day blended every chapter or so with an 1800's storyline telling first hand the story of the Trail of Tears. This is a method I often find irritating but it was done top notch here and I was equally invested in both stories. I really appreciated the deeper themes woven in dealing with grief and fear, and finding your home not in a place or family but ultimately in God who is the only one who will never fail you.
Linden Birchfield is attempting to run away from her troubled past and has landed in Cartridge Cove to live with her Gran who is turning an old family home into a B&B and she has also been hired to organized the 180th anniversary of Trail Where We Cried. I didn't know what the Trail of Tears was or about the Cherokee being forced from their homes and land in the 1800s in vast numbers and forcibly marched west so I learned a lot from reading the historic side of this.
Walker Crowe has come home to Cartridge Cove after an overseas stint as an Army sniper. He's finding it difficult to readjust to society and finds it easier to hide away at his tree farm. He is opposed to the commemoration, not wanting to dredge up old prejudices and hurts between the white Appalachians and the Cherokee who descended from those who escaped the forced march and returned home. As a leader in the community however, he is appointed to liaison with Linden, and help her win over some of the older generation.
Beyond The Cherokee Trail is a well written story, rich with history and makes you think deeper than you may have expected to, but it is not slow nor does it drag at any point. I was not tempted to skip ahead a few pages, or breeze over the sermon (there are none), you know how that can be. It's fantastic, add this one to your reading list!
I received this ebook from Abingdon Press and Netgalley for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own. Thank you Abingdon Press!