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Wounded Spirits (Creek Country Saga #1)

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On the frontier, Adela McGirth's life is simple, rugged, and exactly to her liking. Her greatest concern is whether to marry the settlement's most eligible young officer. When a distant war spills over into a nearby skirmish, life takes a perilous turn. Deep in enemy territory Adela must choose between the man she loves and a baby that has yet to be born; will she be ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Vintage Romance Publishing
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Molly (Cafinated Reads)
Jan 20, 2011 Molly (Cafinated Reads) rated it it was amazing
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April Gardner's debut is absolutely wonderful! While I admit, I had a bit of trouble getting past the beginning until I saw where all the Indians were going to fit in, but that was a short lived problem. Once I got further into the story, it all cam together PERFECTLY!

It was interesting to read this debut, as it was centered around TWO wars. One being a historically real war between Indians and soldiers, and the other being 3 souls battling an inner war of conflict, heartache and fully trusting
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Clockstein Lockstein
Sep 09, 2011 Clockstein Lockstein rated it it was amazing
Wounded Spirits by April W. Gardner is the first book in the Creek Country Saga. Based upon real events during the Creek War in 1812, it tells the story of the war between the Creek Indians and whites from both sides with compassion and honesty. Adela McGirth is known as the quiet and dependable of the three girls in her family. Elder sister, Elizabeth, is used to running the roost, while younger sister, Lillian loves to flirt and play. Adela is being courted by the most eligible man in the ...more
Brenda
Aug 04, 2011 Brenda rated it it was amazing
I've always had a soft spot for books that are based in the old west with Indians, etc. I guess it must be growing up with "Little House On The Prairie" books.....It started there for me but I remember reading many books about the hardships people faced in the western states they moved to and had to share the land with Indians who although may have been peace loving people could become fighing savages if crossed. That is what happened in this book. Adela McGirth's pledged in secret to become a ...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
The American south of 1813 is far from the fancy plantations this reader expected. In fact, a certain down-home folksy sense pervades these pages. Characters are ‘regular folks’ not the wealthy… and the countryside is depicted in a wonderfully visual way.

Adela is an amazing, engaging, and incredibly appealing main character. She worries about causing other people concern, she is conflicted about which is the most-right thing to do. Throughout we find her torn loyalty, sorrowing over the war. In
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Tracy Krauss
Feb 27, 2012 Tracy Krauss rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Now that I’ve got that out there, let me tell you why. Wounded Spirits by April Gardner is compelling, well written, fast paced, entertaining, informative without becoming expository, has interesting well-developed characters, and from an historical perspective, delves into an area of ‘forbidden love’ that is uncommon in this genre. Have I missed anything?

Set in the Southeastern US during the early 1800s, we are dumped smack into the middle of a conflict between the settlers a
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Katie
Dec 26, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing
From the first chapter of this wonderful book, Wounded Spirits kept me turning the page - breathless to find out what would happen to Adela next. A book like that deserves the 5 stars I'm giving it! In this story, there is adventure, peril, romance, heartache, challenges, redemption, and lessons to be learned from everything. Certainly a read you won't want to miss, and I am pretty sure I will be picking it up in the near future to read again!

The relationship between Adela and Phillip was an int
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Michelle
What a heart-pounding historical romance! This is my favorite kind of novel. It has emotional impact, spiritual impact, and was well-written. The plot was full of rich, historical detail and honest inner dialog. In short, this book had me near tears a few times because of it's powerful message. The pacing was fantastic and it was truly hard to put down. I loved how the author showed both sides of the horrible war through contrasting perspectives. At the same time this showed how the natives and ...more
Patricia Kemp Blackmon
Jul 24, 2012 Patricia Kemp Blackmon rated it it was amazing
Adela McGirth is confused as to whether she should marry a young soldier she has know since childhood. She enjoys the attention he gives her and he makes her heart race, but she doesn't know if she wants to spend the rest of her life with him. Besides all that her one of her sisters has spoken many times about wanting to marry him.

The frontier was far from being tamed. The land her family owns is settled but they have been warned that the Creek Indians could possibly attack the white settlement.
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Renee
Jan 20, 2011 Renee rated it really liked it
Be on the lookout for all the great new names in fiction this year including April Gardner. The setting and *sigh* worthy romance reminded me very much of one of my favorite Christian fiction authors, Laura Frantz. I love historical fiction but a lot of it tends to be set during the Civil War or shortly thereafter in the Western frontier towns. This book set in Creek Country during the Creek War is such a refreshing change, it makes the historian in me want to go out and research, research, ...more
N.
Jan 21, 2011 N. rated it it was amazing
4.5 - not perfect writing, but a well-told story about a young woman who is on the verge of marriage when Indians attack the fort in which she, her friends and family are all living. Most everyone is killed but Adela and a few of her family members are spared, taken by an Indian who was orphaned as a child and raised by her parents, allegedly as slaves but really to protect them. Her father has gone to the plantation to check the cattle and, thinking his entire family has been slaughtered, he ...more
Lynn Dove
Feb 19, 2011 Lynn Dove rated it really liked it
A little difficult to get into at first, there were a lot of characters introduced in the first few chapters and I had to sort them out before I could really immerse myself into the story-line. Once I did, the book did not disappoint.
Gardner weaves a believable redemption-filled and romantic plotline around warring factions of Indians and soldiers.
Adela, the heroine, comes across as strong, yet vulnerable and tender as well. I found her to be endearing.
The attention to historical detail should
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Amanda Stephan
Apr 13, 2011 Amanda Stephan rated it it was amazing
If you want a good book to read, I highly recommend this one. Full of heart-pounding action, watch as our heroine battles everything from Indian attacks, desperate sisters, and forbidden love.

April Gardner is going to be a force to be reckoned with. She is a fantastic writer that has no problem gaining and keeping your attention.

Bravo, Ms. Gardner! I for one am ready for your sequel!
Kaity-Jane Culbertson
Mar 26, 2011 Kaity-Jane Culbertson rated it it was amazing
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What an amazing book! I was drawn in from page 1 and couldn't put it down! Eagerly awaiting for the release of the next book - Warring Spirits!
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Jan 17, 2011 Grace rated it it was amazing
Love this book and know the author. Well done and very moving story especially for her first time published!
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APRIL W GARDNER writes history with a Christian perspective and a little imagination. She is a copyeditor, military wife, and homeschooling mother of two who lives in South Texas. She writes Christian historical romance with a focus on our Southeastern Native Tribes. In no particular order, April dreams of owning a horse, learning a third language, and visiting all the national parks.

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