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Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird–Review–5 stars #NetGalley

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Cathy Williams was the daughter of a daughter of a Queen. And, although she was a slave, she never thought of herself that way. She was a captive, just like her grandmother was. 

During the Civil War, Cathy worked as a cook’s assistant under General Sheridan, but when the war ended, she disguised herself as a male, and joined an all-black regiment, called the Buffalo Soldiers. They were charged with the mission of bringing peace and order to the West. Their assignment was to hunt down the Indians responsible for terrorizing and massacring western settlers. 

This is a powerful novel about a piece of history that is difficult to read about. The story is illuminating and poignant. It was enlightening to learn, how differently, Cathy was treated by her fellow soldiers, even though they had no idea that she was a female. 

This book is superbly written and immensely captivating. I loved how the author brought history and the characters alive, especially Cathy Williams. I enjoy reading about strong women, and Cathy Williams was extraordinary. I highly recommend this heartbreaking, and touching novel. 

Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I absolutely loved it!

~5 out of 5 shining stars~

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*Never Waste Tears*by Gloria Zachgo- A Fictional Story of a Harsh Pioneer Life.

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Never Waste Tears is an extraordinary and well-written historical fiction novel. This tale takes place on the desolate prairies of Kansas during the 1800’s. Gloria Zachgo does a fabulous job grabbing the reader’s attention and placing them in the midst of her character’s lives from the very first page.

Life was harsh in the 1800’s and the early American settlers struggled to survive it. Neighbors and friends were few and far in-between, and Indian raids were a real danger and a constant worry for the pioneers.

Rebecca was from a refined family in Ohio and Nathan, from a depressed home that had been torn apart by war’s tragedies. He dreamt of having his own homestead one day, and Rebecca embraced that dream when she married him. She had no idea though, how hard life would be in Kansas on the prairies. Living in a dugout, and having dirt for her floor and walls, which she had to share with snakes and vermin was more than she had bargained for. Nathan and Rebecca met a couple along the way though, Carl and Hannah, who became close friends and helped them in their struggle to adapt to the pioneer life. The story is told from five people’s points of view. I didn’t find this confusing, but I did find that it slowed the pace of the book down as each person told their view of sometimes the same story.

The book is meticulously written and compelling. I loved how the author was able to transport me back in time, by capturing the essence and dialect of the pioneer settlers. I truly felt as if I lived among them. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction.

I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

~4 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover