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Hetty's Song, the Death of the Skylark

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Plain, in gray homespun and prayer cap, gifted teenaged Hetty has one desire in life. To sing. But the Brethren tradition in the mountain village of Singer’s Glen, Virginia, forbids a girl to perform in public.

Tragedy forces Hetty to live with her austere grandmother until catastrophe pushes her to run away and seek shelter with an eclectic group of Christian ladies *livi
Kindle Edition, 277 pages
Published October 14th 2013 by Soul Mate Publishing
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Meg Lelvis
Oct 20, 2016 Meg Lelvis rated it it was amazing
Hetty's Song is an interesting, well written account of a young Brethern girl's difficult coming of age; almost literally a baptism by fire. Hetty's attempt to overcome and escape her radical religious upbringing takes her across the late 1800's landscape from VA to Omaha. Blessed with a beautiful singing voice, Hetty also struggles with a mental affliction, for which the ever-present skylark serves as a metaphor. This same skylark tormented her ancestral grandmother from 17th century ...more
Carol Menges
Oct 23, 2013 Carol Menges rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all readers from pre-teens on
A very intense, wonderfully written fiction book debuts: "Hetty's Song, the Death of the Skylark." Barbara Andrews, author, sent me an advance copy for review. Set in the latter 19th-century, a young woman with a gifted, promising voice survives severe personal tragedy when she strikes out from the confines of her restrictive, punitive religious upbringing in order to pursue her dream of singing publicly, a pursuit not allowed to women within her society. Horrific consequences overwhelm her as ...more
Tina Susedik
Oct 23, 2013 Tina Susedik rated it really liked it
From the beginning of the story, Andrews captures the feelings of a girl on the cusp of womanhood. Stifled by her families' strict faith, Hetty is only allowed to work, not sing as her soul wishes. Left by her parents with her overly zealous religious grandmother, Hetty does the one thing many teenagers dream of - runs away. The choices she makes in the following years make ones heart ache. At times I wanted her to step up and say no to those who ran her life, but the historical times gave her ...more
Catherine Castle
Oct 23, 2013 Catherine Castle rated it really liked it
I started reading this book because I was interested in the musical aspect of it, having read an article on Barbara's website about shape notes. I kept reading because the book was well written, well edited, and had unexpected plot twists, interesting insights into the plain Brethren, and historical tidbits about the city I grew up in. The harder Hetty tried to follow her dream, the more complicated things became for her. I think readers will find some plot twists that will keep them turning the ...more
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University of Nebraska, BS in Education

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Affiliations: Houston Writers Guild, 2006 to present; Houston Women in Visual and Literary Arts 2009-2012; Gulf Coast Federatio
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