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One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  1,750 ratings  ·  265 reviews
From the bestselling author of The Ragged Edge of Night comes a powerful and poetic novel of survival and sacrifice on the American frontier.

Wyoming, 1870. For as long as they have lived on the frontier, the Bemis and Webber families have relied on each other. With no other settlers for miles, it is a matter of survival. But when Ernest Bemis finds his wife, Cora, in a com
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Published October 8th 2019 by Lake Union Publishing
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Marie No. It is about 2 families and how they face the hardships and choices of life on the prairie. No politics other than a mention of a President's name.…moreNo. It is about 2 families and how they face the hardships and choices of life on the prairie. No politics other than a mention of a President's name. (less)

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Berit☀️✨
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Olivia Hawker’s descriptive storytelling Whisked me away to 1870s Wyoming. Gritty and raw this is a tale about resilience, acceptance, and forgiveness. Two families living on the Wyoming Prairie with their nearest neighbors over 20 miles away. When the husband of one family and the wife of another are caught in a compromising position. One man is killed and the other man is sent to jail, leaving the women Cora and Nettie Mae to pick up the pieces. Life on the frontier is hard and these women hav ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’ve always loved historical fiction set in the pioneering western US. One for the Blackbird is set in Wyoming in 1870.

The Bemis and Webber families rely on each other for survival. There’s no one else around, so they need each other. Ernest finds his wife, Cora, cheating with their neighbor, and now, Ernest is in prison with the two women left to survive on their own.

Of course, Cora and Nettie Mae have unsettled feelings between them, but when winter comes, they are forc
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Tammy
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow is a captivating western family saga that begins with betrayal and heartache, and ends with forgiveness and a sisterly friendship.
Set in the 1870 eastern Wyoming prairie in the shadow of the Bighorn Mountains, two families with adjoining homesteads, the nearest town or neighbor twenty miles away, are broken and left without the leadership of their men when one catches his wife and neighbor in a compromising position.
With one husband in jail for two years
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Karen
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book took me back to the prairie.. I haven’t really revisited since my days as a young girl when I read every single Little House book available!

This time it’s 1870, rugged and isolated Wyoming.
Two families who live on neighboring farms miles away from the closest town.
Cora who was raised in the city is lonely and has a dalliance with her neighbor Nettie Mae’s husband Substance.
Ernest, Cora’s husband comes across the pair at the river and in an act of passion, shoots Sub
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Nursebookie
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS BOOK! Everybody, this is a must read!! Hawker is an incredible storyteller and in this entanglement of words have created this literary masterpiece. 5 solid stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Wyoming, 1876. The Bemis (Ernest/Cora and daughter Beulah) and Webber (Substance/Nettie Mae and son Clyde) have relied on each other for survival. But when Ernest Bemis finds his wife, Cora with Substance, Ernest kills him. While Ernest is in prison, the women left behind, despite their feelings of anger and shame, th
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Tammy
One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow is a lyrically written story of 1870's Wyoming and the hardships of two tragically connected families. This is a story of healing and hope. Olivia Hawker's beautiful writing is a story to be savored!
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Set on the prairie in Wyoming in the late nineteenth century, One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow tells the story of two women who must learn to rely on one another for their families to survive in the wake of a terrible betrayal and tragedy. When Cora’s husband catches her having an affair with Nettie Mae’s husband, he shoots him and ends up in prison. Now, with no other neighbors around for miles, Nettie Mae and Cora will need to overcome their differences to make it through winter.
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Debra
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It has been a long time since I have read a book that captivated me as much as this one. Every word was poetry and every page made me want to hurry and get to the next one, yet, I had to savor each one I was on.

This is a book about sin, and redemption and wounds and healing and love and an awareness of everything under the sun. Simple people, broken dreams and the beauty of the world around and its healing touch.

Read this book.
Penny
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow is a book about loss and survival in the vast expanse of Wyoming. Two families, the Bemises and the Webbers, have settled on land adjacent to each other miles from anywhere or anyone else. In the opening chapter we discover that the Mrs Bemis has had an affair with Mr Webber and is discovered by her husband who promptly murders Mr Webber. The story however does not dwell so much on this act but on what happens next to the women and children left behind. ...more
Karren  Sandercock
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks so much to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and Olivia Hawker for giving me the opportunity to read her new book: One For The Blackbird, One For The Crow. I have read her previous book, The Ragged Edge Of Night and I loved it.

Wyoming prairie in 1876, two isolated farming families live next door to each other and one night all hell breaks loose. When Ernest Bemis discovers his wife Cora and his neighbor Substance Webber cheating! The meek mild Ernest shoots Substance and kills
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Karren  Sandercock
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks so much to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and Olivia Hawker for giving me the opportunity to read her new book One For The Blackbird, One For The Crow. I read her previous book, The Ragged Edge Of Night and I loved it.

Wyoming prairie in 1876, two isolated farming families live next door to each other and one night all hell breaks loose. When Ernest Bemis discovers his wife Cora and his neighbor Substance Webber cheating! The meek mild Ernest shoots Substance and kills him. H
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Susan
Thank you Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for an ARC.

This book started out with so much promise but ended up getting bogged down in the details. I understand that Wyoming 1870 is going to be difficult but the pages and pages of sheep and lambs were too much. Olivia Hawker can definitely write and I will give her another chance but this book seriously was too long by half.
Janette Mcmahon
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hawker has a powerful book of friendships that come out of necessity and the hardships of living in a remote area of the country. This novel had more than one interesting theme carrying the reader on the winds that rushed through these pages; female friendship, loneliness, parenting, and even a bit of other-worldliness. Highly recommend to readers of Sharon McCrumb's books set in Appalachia and Western women's fiction.
Ashley
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
By far my favorite read of 2019. Swoon.
Bambi Rathman
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am in an utterly and hopeless book hangover after reading this book! Oh! My! Gosh! I am speechless! I Just had an "experience"! It was more than just reading a book. It was like going into the pages and becoming a part of the story. It was a complete bonding with the characters, the remote and endless landscape of the Wyoming territory and with the vegetation and animal life that dwelt within that habitat. It was an unbelievable and unforgettable encounter with an epic read.

I don't even know
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Frosty61
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
4.5 stars rounded up.
I'm one of those people who've learned I need to be in a certain frame of mind in order for a book to resonate with me. It's hit or miss sometimes. After a summer of light reads, I decided to give this one a try and it didn't disappoint. Thank you, NetGalley for the ARC!

This is a book to be savored. The writing is lyrical, the descriptions are incredible, the characters are realistic, the pace is a little slow (hence the deduction of a half star), but the plot p
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Louetta Waters
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book...wow. I have so many words, so much I am feeling for this book...it was so wonderful. The writhing... so beautiful and lyrical and wise.
I loved this story of pain, love, struggle and hate, understanding, forgiveness, joy, nature and seasons and of life and death. Olivia Hawker has taken all this and more, and evolved it into the story of two women, their men gone, reluctantly bringing their families together to survive the beautiful wild Montana land. Hawker's writing is beautifully
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Jen Juenke
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WOW. Let us double up that WOW!
I had started this book months ago and kept putting it on the back burner.
I should have just kept with it before putting mediocre books before it.

This book is an EPIC that stands on its own.
It starts with a murder and from there the story unfolds.
It is told by 4 narrative, Cora, Nettie Mae, Buleah, and Clyde.
I would also say that the prairie and the land are also its own narrative.

The story unfolds like a galloping pony that you will not
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Betül
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It took me time to really get into the story because of the slow pace and length of the book. But I eventually didn't mind it that much when I was further into the story. The multiple POVs (Beulah, Clyde, Cora, and Nettie Mae) were great because it showed different perspectives and made it easie
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Sue
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel takes place in Wyoming in 1870. There are few settlers and the Bemis and Weber families are neighbors - within walking distance - but their closest neighbors are 20 miles away. It's a long way to a small town and the families have to rely on themselves during the long days and the longer winters. The author's writing is so descriptive that I felt like I was with these families on the prairie with no one around for miles, working non- stop but being totally in touch with the land and ...more
Asheley
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, 2019-read
I’ve said before that books set out in the American West during the 1800’s are my FAVORITE. This story is set in Wyoming in the 1870’s. There are two families living in proximity to one another in the shadow of the Bighorn Mountains: the Bemis family and the Webber family. There is no one else within at least twenty miles in any direction. The two families, although not close at all, have come to depend on the fact that they are near one another if anyone should need anything. All of that change ...more
Jeff
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Long But Beautiful. This is an incredibly detailed story of loss and love set in the Old West, and while the basic premise has been told many times in many settings, Hawker does an excellent job of highlighting a side to it not often shown. While the tale could have arguably been told with less specific details and at least 100-150 fewer pages, Hawker uses the extra detailing well - in service to the story rather than detracting from it. I know, it is approaching end of year and if you're concer ...more
Beadyjan
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully emotive storytelling, beautiful lyrical writing. Loved it Oh the lamb!! More review soon.
Susan Peterson
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stunningly beautiful

This is a beautifully written book that transports readers to the Wyoming prairie in 1876. The prairie itself was a character, with its hardships as well as its beauty. A lyrical story about forgiveness and love, of death and rebirth, the Bremis and Webber families’ story was heartfelt and compelling.
Karen Kay
I received this from Netgalley.com for a review.

Wyoming, 1870. For as long as they have lived on the frontier, the Bemis and Webber families have relied on each other.

Two women learning how to live together, keep their children safe and coping with a harsh environment. Densely packed read, good story.

3.25☆
Gail Nelson
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, did I love this book! The prose was so beautifully descriptive, I could actually feel what it was like living in the prairies of Wyoming in 1876. Hated to see it end...
Richard Sutton
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book. I'm a fan of deeply personal, historic fiction as well as life-affirming philosophy. Ms. Hawker provides both of these throughout this fine book. Her best work, to date, One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow certainly moved me. While reading it I found my eyes actually getting watery, sometimes just for the sheer beauty of the writing. Her alternating, Point of View based narrative sections may be some of the very best fiction I have ever read in any form. The characters' voi ...more
Roxy
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hawker really brought the prairie to life, and the creatures inhabiting it. The struggles of these farmers in the late 1800's were complicated by the crime that brought the two families together. It is so beautifully written, with strong descriptions and dialogue.
Ann Creel
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I pick up a book written by Olivia Hawker, I know I'm going to be experiencing something special. The sense of harsh reality and intrigue begin on page one of this unusual novel, and they never let up. Through the eyes of two strong women thrust together due to circumstances, we experience what life must have been like in the almost barren landscape of frontier-era Wyoming.

Hawker has a wonderful way with words, and sometimes I feel as if I'm reading poetry. She's also able to de
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ROBIN RUIZ
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it

This book was written so beautifully. The author makes you feel you are part of the landscape. That you are planting and harvesting the land yourself.
Told from four different points of view, all different people with different circumstances but yet tied together by one tragic event and all trying to survive the brutal wilderness winter .
Clyde and Beulah are teenagers when the tragedy strikes and while both are innocent , it’s their friendship that holds these two families together not onl
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