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Huachuca Woman (Huachuca Trilogy, #1)

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HUACHUCA WOMAN is a work of historical fiction. At 75, Josephine Nichols hasn't been up to caring for her southeast Arizona ranch. She's thinking of selling out when spring break 1952 brings the Nichols cousins to the ranch and its matriarch. Recording the teasured stories of borderlife as only Jo can tell them, they get more than they dreamt of, bargained for or knew...st...more
Paperback, 295 pages
Published July 12th 2012 by Create Space/Amazon
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Christoph Fischer
“HUACHUCA WOMAN” by Arletta Dawdy is a work of historical fiction set in Southeast Arizona from 1886 to 1961. In 1952 Josephine Nichols lives on Lazy L Ranch and is thinking of selling out but is challenged in her resolve by the arrival of family visitors of a new generation.
Josephine tells the story of her family from the early beginnings of their settlement, good night tales that - in beautiful little snippets - which portray the times and, more importantly, the conditions of life in those da...more
Kent Sorensen
While Arletta Dawdy's "Huachuca Woman" has been read cover-to-cover, this beautifully written novel will stay on my bookshelf along with the other favorite books. It follows the colorful life of Josephine, a woman of fiber and passion who lived in the shadows of the Huachuca mountains in Arizona. It is obvious that Dawdy had carefully researched the history of the places, times and major events surrounding this era. I was particularly facinated to read her warm portrayal of the American Indian,...more
Mercedes Bleau
A poetic blend of history and fiction, Huachuca Woman is an engaging tale of the life of a woman born in the late 1800���s. Arletta Dawdy manages to effortlessly weave together a collection of tales that span an entire lifetime. Witness the elegant dance of time through the life of Josephine Nichols; her every failure and triumph silently observed by the ever present majesty of the Huachuca Mountains. With the lively combination of great storytelling and descriptive dialect, you will experience...more
Melanie
A poetic blend of history and fiction, Huachuca Woman is an engaging tale of the life of a woman born in the late 1800���s. Arletta Dawdy manages to effortlessly weave together a collection of tales that span an entire lifetime. Witness the elegant dance of time through the life of Josephine Nichols; her every failure and triumph silently observed by the ever present majesty of the Huachuca Mountains. With the lively combination of great storytelling and descriptive dialect, you will experience...more
Laura McHale Holland
Huachuca Woman is thoroughly researched and beautifully written, with some scenes breathtaking in their elegant use of language and their strong emotional impact. The main chacter, Jo, recounts her life's adventures to two of her grandchildren who have come to visit the ranch on which Jo has spent most of her life. The story moves back and forth from 1952, when Jo is an old woman, to various episodes from her sometimes heartbreaking and often exciting life lived in the shadow of the Huachua Moun...more
Paulette Mahurin
Areltta Dawdy’s Huachuca Woman, is a wonderfully crafted story of a life that spans over decades, and in telling Josephine’s (Jo) story, we also read the stories of pieces of Americana, slices of history from Geronimo, to the Great Depression, hard times, good times, the streets of China Town in San Francisco the, dirty trails ridden a top horses, so many excellent crafted scenes and stories within stories. The author brilliantly shifts the protagonist’s story, as told by Jo to her grandchildren...more
Andrea Downing
When Josephine Nichols entertains her grandchildren for their annual vacation at her ranch, it is not only they who benefit from her memories of a long and multi-faceted life. Arletta Dawdy neatly wraps these memories within a history of southern Arizona featuring such characters as Geronimo and Pancho Villa, and places the whole tale in a story of two young adults determined to save their heritage. Here are the recollections of a woman who has had the benefit of a loving family but endured hard...more
Mike
This is a descriptive fictional take on characters and supposed encounters from the 1880s onwards in the American south-west. The tone of voice and settings have an authentic ring that place the reader firmly in the era and environment. This would have been a five star rating for me except I found the narrator of the historic tales lacked a depth of emotive engagement. The described places and events were excellent, but for me, Jo was only an observer and not the participator she should have bee...more
Robin
As beautiful as the Huachuca mountains, the story of Jo as she recalls her life in the southwest, reverberates with history. Author Arletta Dawdy weaves words into beautiful tapestry of southwestern visions and feelings while the reader follows Jo on her poetic like journeys through varied eras in the American southwest. The author's exquiste use of southwestern vernacular helps the reader feel just how the people of the era talked. The voices feel authentic. This is a must read for anyone wanti...more
Connie Bernhardt
Huachuca Woman is totally entertaining and educating. It is a book about a woman Jo telling her grandchildren her memories, sharing her life, the good and the bad. It is beautifully written and researched. I enjoyed it so much. I felt this could be a true story of someones life. It totally drew me in wanting to know more about this woman.
I’d gladly recommend this book to others
Alethea Williams
Written partly as a memoir of the life of Josephine Parthenia Lowell Judson Nichols which spanned much of the history of the Southwest, and partly as a fictional account of Josephine's grandchildren pestering her with a tape recorder for her stories, this novel works nicely on many levels. What a life Jo had! And what a treat to read about it all.
Marlene Cullen
Arletta Dawdy engages the reader with surprising twists and a compelling story. She has a talent for descriptive and intriguing writing. The characters in Huachua Woman lived with me while I washed dishes, cleaned house and did the laundry. Arletta is a fantastic story teller.
Arletta Dawdy
Sep 01, 2012 Arletta Dawdy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
How else could I rank my own work when I slaved over it and know its worth???
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Perhaps it was being seven years old and sitting at the kitchen table in Dover, NJ, being made to spell my list forwards and backwards that lead me to a fascination with words. Or was it being an only child for nine and a half years, making up dramatic scenarios with diverse characters, languages and voices? An avid reader, the library was my safe haven where I scooped up five or six books each we...more
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