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Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen: A Novel

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  2,283 ratings  ·  598 reviews
"You'll be swept away by the passion and power of this remarkable, trailblazing woman who risked everything to follow her own heart." Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"An epic page-turner." Christina Baker Kline

Named Best Fiction Writer in the Austin Chronicle's "Austin's Best 2018"
Named one of Lone Star Literary Life's "Top 20 Texas Books of 2018"

Paperback, 544 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published September 4th 2018)
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Sarah Bird Hello! Thank you for asking. Yes, I thought long and hard about that usage. It was extremely common during the nineteenth century. In early drafts, I…moreHello! Thank you for asking. Yes, I thought long and hard about that usage. It was extremely common during the nineteenth century. In early drafts, I had much more period dialect than I ended up with. Though I removed much of it, I left "would of" for "would have" as a reminder to modern readers that they are reading the story of a 19th century woman.(less)
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Angela M
3.5 stars
Fictional biographies are always difficult for me to rate because Im always trying to discern the true story from the imagined. I know its fiction, but I always hope for a realistic portrayal of the person. This novel is based on the life of Cathy Williams, who although was disguised as a man, was the first African-American woman to enlist in the US Army and the only woman Buffalo Soldier. Of course, I was inspired to find out more about her, but there doesnt appear to be much online,
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
5 brave stars to Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen! 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Happy Publication Day to this beauty! Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen is historical fiction at its finest and is firmly on my Favorites Shelf!

My Thoughts:

I wavered back and forth between four and five stars for this gem, and the more I thought about it, I felt five stars fits. The deciding factor that pushed it over the edge: based on the true story of Cathy Williams, the only woman to have served with the Buffalo Soldiers in the
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
This book isn't set to be published until September, but I just couldn't wait any longer to crack open its pages. Well, it didn't disappoint

Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War and then later, the involvement of the Union Army in the settling of the West, this historical fiction is absolutely spellbinding.

The action in this story begins right away as Cathy is taken from her plantation by Philip Sheridan of the Union Army and recruited to work as a cook's assistant. Vowing to
Katie B
3.5 stars

I'm glad I read this historical fiction book about Cathay Williams, a former slave who was the only woman to serve with the Buffalo Soldiers. It's a story worth telling as this remarkable woman doesn't deserve to have her life just forgotten and barely a footnote in this country's history.

As with all historical fiction there is a mix of facts, and things that might have some truth to them but are more a product of the author's creativity. In this book there is one rather big part of
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
You all have read the blurb by now and know that this is historical fiction about an African American woman who served in the Union Army. There are many reviews out there so I wont go over the plot of the story.

What I liked about the book was the fact that it brought this interesting woman to light and also discussed how the Union army, after burning and pillaging southern plantations, considered some of the freed slaves as contraband and enlisted them to help as cooks, washers, latrine
Elyse  Walters
Library Overdrive....Audiobook....narrated by Bahni Turpin

Although, I really loved the book, Above The China Sea, by Sara Bird....I almost didnt read this one. I had seen some fair/mixed reviews- and debated.

My taking a chance with the Audiobook was a great choice. Bahni Turpin was AMAZING. REALLY OUTSTANDING! I found it hard to believe that she was the same reader for A Spark of Light, by Jodi Picoult. As much as I didnt think Bahni Turpin was the right fit for Picoults story....thats how
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cathy Williams started life as a slave. But her mother never let her forget that she was the daughter of a daughter of an African queen. She was born in Missouri in the 1840s and worked as a slave in Little Dixie until a Union Army general came and burned the farm. Mistaking Cathy for a boy, the general took her to be a cook's assistant. Later, she posed as a boy again to join the Buffalo Soldiers and fought in the Civil War.

What a great book! Cathy is strong, brave and true to herself. She
Patrice Hoffman
I took my time reading Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen. I wanted to make sure I didn't miss this harrowing tale of a former slave woman posing as male in the army. It's women like Cathay Williams that have paved the way without recognition (or even belief), but more on that later.

We're introduced to the narrator Cathay Williams as she explains that she wants to tell her story to a reporter and hopes that he gets it right. She wants us to know that she is no southerner nor is she common. Cathay
All I can say is WOW! What a fascinating and fantastical tale!! Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen tells the gripping story of Cathy Williams, a former slave who works under General Sheridan as a cooks helper towards the end of the civil war, and then once the civil war ends, serves in the US Army for 2 years disguised as a man. I was blown away by her strength and determination.

The story is well written and the plot moves along at a good speed. Cathys character is superbly developed as we get a

Title: Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen
Series: Standalone
Author: Sarah Bird
Release date: September 4, 2018
Cliffhanger: No

It's fair to say that I have very mixed feelings about this book. The synopsis on goodreads had me so excited to read about the first woman to ever serve in the US army. I'm all in when it comes to historical fiction that educates on real courageous women who don't get the recognition they deserve. As I read, I occasionally stopped to research some of the people and events
Bam cooks the books ;-)
This is a fictionalized account of Cathy Williams, a young slave woman who was taken as 'contraband' by General Philip H. Sheridan during the Civil War, traveled with his army working as a cook, and then disguised herself as a man to join the Buffalo Soldiers after the war, where she served for two years (1866-1868).

Cathy always claims to be the daughter of a daughter of an African queen, one of the Amazons, and as such, I think I would have liked her to be portrayed as a little more wild at
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the remarkable story of Cathy Williams the first African American woman to join the Army disguised as a man. She is a slave on a tobacco farm in Missouri when General Sherman burns the plantation and requisitions Cathy as a cook thinking she is a boy. This is the start of her journey that is extraordinary and amazing. The strength and courage she showed came from reflecting back on what her grandmother always told her "you are a daughter of a daughter of a queen". Thank you Sarah Bird ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I was thrilled to get the chance to read DAUGHTER OF A DAUGHTER OF A QUEEN. I was also amazed when I first heard about the book that it's based on a real story. Isn't it just amazing to learn that a former slave, a young girl served with the legendary Buffalo Soldiers?

Part of the story that really captured my interested was Cathy's African inheritance. The knowledge past down from her grandmother to her mother and finally to Cathy. As she Cathy said in the book, she was her mother's African
Literary Soirée
DAUGHTER OF A DAUGHTER OF A QUEEN is a totally absorbing fictionalized account of the life of Cathy Williams, a former slave and the only woman to ever serve with the legendary Buffalo Soldiers. Born on a tobacco farm in Missouri, she was later commandeered into service by Union general Phillip Henry Sheridan. Once the Civil War ended, she disguised herself as a man to serve as a Buffalo soldier in the army, rather than endure a life of servitude. Highly recommended and would be a great asset to ...more
This book is written in the form of a memoir by Cathy Williams, the slave who disguised herself as a man and enlisted in the Buffalo Soldiers after the end of the Civil War. Williams was a real person, but unfortunately she did not write her memoirs and not much seems to be known about her. The author of this book invented Cathy's experience and I found the description unsatisfying. Sometimes historical fiction enhances the true story but that wasn't the case with this book. There was just too ...more
Pamela Sparkman
I wanted to love this book. I had such high hopes for it, especially after reading and loving The Indigo Girl last year. You can read my review here as it will, I think, help explain what my issues were with this book. Don't misunderstand me, I am not trying to compare the two--they are not at all the same stories. But what is comparable about them is that they are both about strong women in our nation's past and being successful at it was so unbelievably difficult. These two books are a telling ...more
Connie G
"I am the daughter of a daughter of a queen." Cathy Williams was born on a Missouri plantation in the early 1940s. Her mother wanted Cathy to think of herself as a captive and the granddaughter of an African warrior queen, not as a slave. When the Union General Phillip Sheridan storms through Missouri he thinks tall, strong Cathy is a man, and takes her into service as a cook's helper. Cathy sees the other women working in the laundry or as prostitutes, and decides that it's safer to disguise ...more
May 23, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book troubled me from nearly the beginning. I couldnt quite put my finger on but I could feel there was something wrong. I gradually came to realize that the problem lay in how the people of color were portrayed in the book. Not only were the voices problematic but they were written in cliche.

You know what this reminded me of? Gone with the Wind. That is NOT a good thing. African-Americans were
Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen is a page turning work of historical fiction! Cathy Williams was the daughter of a daughter of an African Queen sold into slavery. Cathy was taken from a plantation by a Yankee general to be an assistant to his cook. After the war granted freedom to slaves, Cathy then enlisted in the Army as a man and became the first and only female to enlist as a Buffalo Soldier. I was captivated by all the obstacles that she had to overcome just to survive! Sarah Bird's ...more
Sherry Sharpnack
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If anyone has noticed how long it has taken me to read this book or noticed that I wasnt reading another at the same time, dont worry. I had a couple of other things going on: a) I injured my left cornea so couldnt read for a few days (ugh!); and b) I felt the need last week for something comfortable and familiar, so I re-read the entire Harry Potter series. Since I do this probably at least yearly, I didnt count last weeks reading of the series as part of my 2018 Reading Challenge.

On to
Sharon Huether
An amazing story of a woman who showed courage, determination and fortitude.
She, Cathy Williams joined up with the Buffalo Soldiers after the end of the civil war (1866- 1868 ).
She fooled all the men for two years, except the men she was in love different times. One was killed and the other one crossed the Rio Grand into Mexico where he was safe from the U.S.Army.
Just before she was to make her escape, her deception was found out. In the night she got away and joined Wagner Swazye in
Karen Kay
I received this from in exchange for a review.

Here's the first thing you need to know about Miss Cathy Williams: I am the daughter of a daughter of a queen and my Mama never let me forget it."

Based on a real historical figure. I liked this book, it did get a bit drawn out but overall a very readable story.

3.25 - 3.5 stars
I admit, aside from having to memorize and perform Abraham Lincolns Gettysburg Address in junior year English class (for which I got an A), I know almost nothing about the American Civil War. Its always been a point of interest though, so when I got an email asking if Id want to read an advanced copy of a book set at the tail-end of the civil war featuring a woman, a freed slave, who disguised herself as a man to join the army, I immediately said yes.
And Im totally giving myself a good job pat
Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen tells the story of Cathy Williams the first African-American woman to serve in the peacetime Army. I love when I come across an historical fiction that calls back bits of our forgotten past. Although there is not much written about this woman who posed as a man in order to enlist, Sarah Bird's account has the right amount of intrigue and romance to make a captivating story. Add to that the narrative genius of Bahni Turpin and you can't go wrong.

Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird, an absorbing African American Civil War story told from a former female slaves point of view, is a powerful testimony. I love books that illustrate a womans strength amongst her trials. Highly recommend this novel to those who love fictionalized history.

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I was immediately drawn in by the main characters voice. In the beginning, Cathy Williams tells her story to an injured soldier, Private
Deanne Patterson
This story is based on a real woman by the name of Cathy Williams. Her Mama never let her forget she was the daughter of a daughter of a queen. No one can say she wasn't a strong woman, she served as the only known female Buffalo solider disguised as a man for 2 years. Hard to put down book!
Pub Date 04 Sep 2018
I was given a complimentary copy of this book from St. Martin's Press through NetGalley. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Cathy Williams was born into slavery on a farm in Missouri, though her mama explained to her they were not slaves, they were captives with royal blood from her warrior grandmother of Africa.

During the Civil War, Union general Sheridan comes to the farm to free the slaves and take every scrap of food left.  He mistakes Cathy for a man and enlists her to come to his camp to help cook.

While mourning the separation from her mama and sister, Cathy soon finds herself in a wagon ...with a dying black
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
General Sheridan and his soldiers were burning everything in sight and took Cathy Williams-a slave-off a plantation as contraband to be an assistant to the generals cook. After the war is over she enlists in the Union Army disguised as a man with the Buffalo Soldiers.

Ive always wondered how the Union Army was able to recruit/convince ex-slaves-right after the civil war- to become Buffalo Soldiers knowing what they were going to do to the Indians. It really has always baffled me. This story goes
Jun 12, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, reviews
DNF at about 30%. I have so many issues with this book but I'll start with the most problematic - the portrayal of people of color in general and the main character in particular. They are a one-dimensional cliche. Cathy isn't a person, she's a stereotype. She speaks in shallow colloquialisms that I would expect to hear in an old Jim Crow minstrel show with blackface. The words "yes, massuh" are uttered way too much for my liking, and, though Cathy takes offense to the attitude of the reporter ...more
Daughter of the Daughter of a Queen is a historical novel based on the life of a real-life figure, Cathy/Cathay Williams, a Missouri-born contraband slave pressed into service during the Civil War, who later enlisted in the Buffalo Soldiers of the US Army while posing as a man. Cathy Williams led an amazing life, and she was finally recognized with a bust in Leavenworth, Kansas in 2016 and a memorial bench at the National Infantry Museum in Columbus, Georgia in 2018. My chief problems with this ...more
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