Night Bird Calling - eBookCathy GohlkeTyndale House / 2021 / ePub$8.99 Retail:4.5 out of 5 stars for Night Bird Calling - eBook. View reviews of this product. 9 Reviews
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FayeAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Heartbreaking and HealingFebruary 23, 2021FayeAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A heartfelt novel of healing and new beginnings.
After her mother's funeral Lillianna Grace Swope overhears her abusive husband and father plotting to deal the final blow by locking her away and stealing her inheritance, so she flees to the only living relative she knows of Aunt Hyacinth Belvidere.
Set in Appalachian town of No Creek during the tenuous year before America's entrance into WWII. Ms. Gohlke captures the rustic small town community struggling to survive in a changing world, with secrets that may well destroy them all.
In No Creek Lilliana finds a freedom that she never knew existed, forming friendships, finding hope and a sense of purpose. She grows a lot over the course of the book, and has one of the most satisfying character arcs, because it of its heartfelt authenticity.
I loved the how this book follows multiple characters, one of my favorite is Celia Percy, an enterprising young girl, forced to grow up quick. She brings an innocence to the story, speaking straightforwardly, and at times acting impulsively but always out of love. Aunt Hyacinth is a pillar if the community, whose heart beats right along with it, her influence overlapping through the generations. I loved her instantly as she welcomes Lilliana with open arms, fighting for her, and giving her a chance at a fresh start. All of the characters who make up No Creek jump off the page, as pieces of their story unfold, weaving in and out, at times intersecting as sins from the past and present collide. If I took time to talk about all the characters that touched my heart this review would be the length of a book!
Heartbreaking and healing, this book handles some very difficult subjects dealing with abuse, control, and racism, in a way that pack a gut punch, yet infusing thin threads of hope even in the darkest moments, running me through a gambit of emotions. A memorable read that stayed with me long after the last page was turned, and will most assuredly be one of this year's standout novels.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Gin5 Stars Out Of 5Night Bird CallingFebruary 14, 2021GinSuch a good book...enjoyed every word! once started, so hard to put down!
DianneBGender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5A complex tale of braveryFebruary 9, 2021DianneBGender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5To flee an abusive relationship in the WWII era was almost unheard of, but this brave young woman, Lilliana, flees from both her father and her husband to a distant aunt that tales her in and shares a side of her background that she never knew in this tiny rural town. Gohlke captures the essence of the time, prejudices and all, and keeps you constantly reading until the satisfying conclusion.
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Captivating!January 18, 2021Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 54.5 stars
"We can't let our fears or things we don't understand weigh us so far down that they keep us from picking up and going forward. We're still here on this earth for a reason. . . . . . What are you here to do? I reckon that's the point to figure."
Lilliana Grace Swope had been cowering in fear her entire married life .. . . . . actually, trepidation served as her constant companion long before she'd been married off to Gerald . . . her father, while conveniently hiding behind his esteemed status as an elder in their local church, had been an authoritarian brute. So Lilliana learned at an early age to keep her head down, avoid being noticed at all costs, and to forget any notion that was actually her own if she thought to survive. Life came crashing down hard upon her already broken spirit following the death of her beloved mother. To make matters worse, while hunkering down on a church pew Lilliana overheard a conspiring conversation, and knew right away that she only had one option. Flee.
Leaving Philadelphia with only the clothes on her back, some questionable cash, and a mysterious ring, Lilliana takes a train to the only place she knows to go; No Creek, North Carolina, a town suspended in time, tucked peacefully amongst the Appalachian mountains, and the home of her beloved Aunt Hyacinth, who somehow knew that Lilliana was on her way. But she soon learns that while No Creek might be a temporary respite from everything and everyone that she left behind, the small community is steeped in prejudice, the kind that burns crosses in front yards and hides behind white hoods. What purpose could God possibly have for her in No Creek?
This story provides readers with a glorious escape into the resplendent hills of North Carolina where the night birds sing and wildflowers grow in abundance; mesmerizing at best and merciless at worst; an intersection of cultures where time seems to stand still until you wished it didn't. Filled with loveable and colorful characters, "Night Bird Calling" also manages to pull back the curtain on the painful transition between enslaved and free, and the courage of the people who fought, often at a great cost to themselves and their families, to overcome fear and misunderstanding, intervening when the stakes were at their highest. Apparently, in retrospect, the main character in this story, playing the dual roles of hero and villain, is the town of No Creek itself. In the words of young Celia, indisputably the most garrulous character in the book, "Wishing comes easy. Change don't".
Isn't that the truth.
MillstreetreaderAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Cathy Gohlke tackles tough issues in this novelJanuary 13, 2021MillstreetreaderAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Lilliana Swope flees her the abuse inflicted by both her husband and her father after her dear mother dies. Her place of refuge is the home of her Great Aunt Hyacinth Belvidere in the foothills of No Creek, North Carolina. As Lilliana tries to settle into her safe harbor, she fears being found by the men who have told her over and over that she is useless and sinful, but slowly she begins to understand that they were lying. It will be through the courageous actions of a poor 11 year old girl that Lilliana learns that her own courage will come from standing up for others. Set in the height of the Great Depression, this novel tackles abuse, racism, rape and more. Despite the tough subjects, the lesson of love in action is clear and loud, lived out by some really delightful characters. I received an ecopy of this title from Netgalley. All opinions are mine.