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Sand Creek Serenade

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  69 reviews

One woman with a deep desire to serve and help. One brave who will stop at nothing to save his people. Each willing to die for their beliefs and love for one another. Will their sacrifice be enough?

As a female medical doctor in 1864, Sadie Hoppner is no stranger to tragedy and loss. While she grapples with the difficulties of practicing medicine at a Colorado outpost, she
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published March 14th 2019 by Smitten Historical Romance
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Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
There is so much to love about this story! The strong female lead, rich historical details, Native American culture, faith in God, mystery, and a tender romance. You won't want to miss this delightful, page-turning adventure on the wild frontier!

Sadie Hoppner has studied and worked hard to learn all she can about medicine. She spent long hours reading her father's medical journals, watching and assisting him with patients. Now working alongside her brother for the Army, she is beginning to see h
I love these types of books so much. I need more books like this in the Christian fiction genre. I demand we get more interracial historical fiction romances, they are seriously my favorite especially when they involve Native Americans. I honestly wanted to punch so many people so many times throughout this book. I was so mad at how the military dealt with some things and I know that there were bad people on both sides, don't get me wrong that Natives weren't innocent, but reading this book made ...more
Sand Creek Serenade by Jennifer Uhlarik is breathtaking! This story captured my interest from the first sentence and wouldn’t let me go until the very end. Sand Creek Serenade is a story that will stick with me for a very long time. The characters in this novel, specifically Sadie and Five Kills, are excellently crafted. The good guys are decent and relatable. The bad guys are villainous and their actions are incredibly difficult to stomach. I found the action in this story non-stop and highly e ...more
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tender. That is the word that comes to mind when thinking of this book.

Sadie Hoppner is a doctor in the midst of the Civil War. Not only that, but she is also a doctor at a military camp. Not well accepted, she has to prove over and over she deserves to be there. When Cheyenne warrior Five Kills is taken to her camp, she is determined to care for him, despite protests. When tragedy strikes, Sadie is determined to do what she deems right, no matter the consequences. Though thinking such thoughts
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love stories about women in history who bucked tradition and made their path in life outside of what society expected. In this case, Sadie Hoppner practices medicine alongside her brother Ben at Fort Lyon in the Colorado Territory circa 1864. Treating illnesses and mending wounded men has it's own degree of satisfaction for her. Convincing the soldiers of her skill and experience will take a bit more time. Things get even trickier when she encounters a Cheyenne brave named Five Kills and then ...more
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: march-2019
Sand Creek Serenade is a historical romance fiction book that tells a story of a woman in a field that normally belongs to men during this time in history. She was a doctor, and a spunky, outspoken one at that! She was brilliant, brave and was not afraid to do what she felt God was leading her to do. She was not going to backdown no matter what any man told her.
I loved Sadie Hoppner and was rooting for her the whole time! I also really enjoyed the story line between her and Five Kills. It is a
Beckie Burnham
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sand Creek Serenade is a book for those who love romance fiction set in the old West. Using real events, Jennifer Uhlarik lays the foundation for a story that brings the historical record to life. Historic details and figures bring an authenticity to the novel that took this reader back in time. Recommended reading!

The two main characters in Sand Creek Serenade, Five Kills and Sadie Hoppner, could not be more different. They are also unique for the time period in which the book is set. Five Kill
Laurie Bower
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jennifer Uhlrick weaves a wonderful historical fiction story about the unlikely romantic pair near the time of the battle at Sand Creek. In the Civil War era, an Indian brave and a woman who challenges the traditional roles of femininity fall in love. Sadie is a great doctor in her own right but has the courage to go after her dreams. By falling in love with an Indian brave named Five Kills, she’s going to need every ounce of that courage. Uhlrick has a wonderful storytelling ability and will tr ...more
Connie Saunders
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I read Sand Creek Serenade I quickly recognized that prejudice is definitely an underlying theme. Sadie Hoppner is a dedicated and talented doctor but in 1864, women doctors weren't the first choice when people needed medical care. Time and again, she had to overcome their reluctance and prove that she could heal them. But her greatest challenge occurred when she met and fell in love with a Cheyenne brave! A white woman and an Indian? Unheard of!

This is my first Jennifer Uhlarik book and I c
Rebekah Gyger
The Massacre at Sand Creek is one of the most upsetting massacres I can remember ever learning about. The details are horrifying and the subject dark, so I was genuinely interested in how Uhlarik would depict it. And I believe that she did the event justice in her telling without making the story graphic or needlessly upsetting.

However, I did not connect as well with the characters. Sadie, in particular, frustrated me with the way she handled most of the conversations she had with her brother a
Melissa Dawn (pages.for.dawn)
How often do you stumble across a book that is so captivating, you don’t want to put it down? But then...because it is so force yourself to slow down to savor what is left? Ahhh...yes! Sand Creek Serenade was that book for me!

Sadie Hoppner is a beautiful, smart, fearless character. Her only desire is to have the freedom to practice medicine and become a doctor like her father and brother. But in a male driven 1800s era, women are given little respect and living at a military outpost
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing and will have you turning the pages to see how and what will happen on the next page. It was a very enjoyable story based on a real life event that I liked very much.
I how the author has added the information at the end of the book that explained a little bit more on the Sand Creek Massacre.
Sadie is a spunky lady before her time. I admired her a lot! I admire her because she's doing something that only men at that time would do. To my way of thinking, she paved the way for w
Courtney | Soul of a Librarian
This book hits the ground and takes off running from the very first page. It’s action-packed and full of heart, immediately drawing readers into the time period and the atmosphere. I finished it in less than 48 hours because I just didn’t want to put it down. So many things were happening and I was afraid I’d miss something! I feel like that’s the evidence of a good book--when the characters and the life between the pages feel so real that it seems they can go on when you aren’t looking.

Denise Weimer
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Refreshingly not your typical 1800s romance between a Native American man and a white woman. Sadie is a spunky physician practicing under her brother at a frontier fort. Five Kills is a Cheyenne warrior drawn by memories of his deceased white father's love and faith. When an altercation with some soldiers brings Five Kills under Sadie's care, their relationship begins with the warrior in a position of weakness -- which is an interesting place for a romance to start. Especially when a handsome li ...more
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sadie Hoppner is a doctor among a military fort. Five Kills is a Cheyenne Indian who has had a hard life. Residing near the fort, Sadie gets a chance to treat him. They get to know one another. A relationship would be unheard of. Sadie's career is on the line and she may move away. A massacre occurs. Will they survive?
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First Initial Thoughts

Sadie is a young woman living with her brother at Fort Lyon practicing medicine. Many at the Fort are wary of her being a doctor because she is a woman. One day a mysterious dog comes up and steals one of her shoes. That dog belongs to a Native American Five Kills. There she gets a brief meeting and interaction with Five Kills. She is instantly intrigued by the man. The soldiers at the Fort force him to leave. On his way back to camp he was caught by the soldiers and beate
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is exciting for a historical romance reader to find a novel that takes place in an area they know well. Such is the case for me with Sand Creek Serenade. This story centers around the historic and horrific Sand Creek massacre, which occurred on the southeastern plains of Colorado in 1864. Much of the story takes place at Fort Lyon, where I worked for many years when the facility served as a VA Hospital.

Sand Creek Serenade is a well-researched novel that bridges the chasm between whites and Na
Blessed & Bookish
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a historical fiction fan, I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I love western fiction and this time period especially, so this story was easily added to my TBR. I thought the author did a wonderful job of describing life on the western frontier at Fort Lyon as well as within the Cheyenne/Arapaho camps. It gave the story authenticity and made the characters come to life.
I was a huge fan of Sadie Hoppner. One because she is a medical doctor at a time when it was difficult for women to hol
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Dr. Sadie Hoppner and her brother Dr. Ben Hoppner live at the fort where her brother is stationed. She joined her brother after the death of their father. She is working hard to find acceptance as a doctor by the men at the force.
Outside the fort Cheyennes and Arapahos are camped as the work on a peace agreement with the Army. When Five Kills, a Cheyenne brave, meets Sadie by chance their worlds collide and the peace treaty is in danger.
I wasn’t sure if I would like this book, but I was quickl
Gail Lenhard
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes American history
Sand Creek Serenade by Jennifer Uhlarik

I have to be truthful here. I don’t normally read historical romance books, but the title Sand Creek Serenade caught my attention and I sent the author, Jennifer Uhlarik, a message stating that I would like to read her new novel.

After reading the first paragraph, I was hooked! Jennifer does a remarkable job of weaving historical facts with the struggles that her characters faced. Her detailed descriptions allowed me to “see the events” as they unfolded.

Since the quarantine went into effect I have been homeschooling my boys and my 8th grader just so happens to be currently studying about the Civil War in his history class, so I've been beefing up on my Civil War knowledge quite a bit, and Sand Creek Serenade came at just the right time for me. We've been reading about what happened in the eastern/southern part of the country during that time period, but Sand Creek Serenade gives us a taste of what was happening in the west during that tumultuou ...more
Jeanne Alfveby Crea
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am now a permanent follower of Author Jennifer Uhlarik after finishing her first full length story A Sand Creek Serenade! She is an amazing storyteller and has a way of writing that puts you right in the story as if you are experiencing all the emotions and adventures along with the characters in the story. I could not put the book down! It was interesting to imagine what fort life might have been like on the frontier.
I love Sadie, the strong female lead in the story who is a rare female docto
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a romance story that takes place in a time when a white woman and a Native American man's love would have been forbidden. This is also a time of tentative peace between the US government and the Native American tribes. Based on the massacre that happened at Sand Creek, the author takes us right into that conflict, where evil men decided to take vengeance for themselves.

Sadie Hoppner is a doctor who is working along side her doctor brother at a military fort. Not everyone accepts her, bu
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having spent 20 years on the Navajo Reservation, Native Americans are near and dear to my heart. It is always my hope when reading a book about Native Americans that it will remain true to history as well as treating Native Americans fairly. Jennifer Uhlarik has done just that in Sand Creek Serenade. During the Civil War era, Native American were being rounded up and killed by the United States government. It was a sad time in our history. It was also a time when women were just making inroads i ...more
Cindy Huff
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sand Creek Serenade surprised me. I wondered how the author would make her story believable amid something so ugly, the Sand Creek Massacre. Wow! This story is more than a white woman falling in love with the noble savage. More than a female doctor struggling to prove herself in a man’s world. So much more than your typical love story. Well-written, thoroughly researched and beautifully moving. No one can read Jennifer’s Uhlrick’s words and not be touched by the atrocities inflicted on innocent ...more
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sand Creek Serenade follows the first meeting and growing attraction between Sadie Hoppner, a gifted female doctor-in-training living in a Colorado Army fort with her brother, and Five Kills, a half-white man from the neighboring Cheyenne settlement. But more than simply a story of a relationship that must surmount prejudice and cultural divides, it encompasses the horrors of the actual history of the Sand Creek massacre as well as traumatic events in Five Kills’ family history.

This is unapologe
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! The author did a great job writing this! She took a very difficult topic and wrote it with grace. It was great reading about a woman that went against the norm for her time. I loved the characters, especially Five Kills. This is a book that I would like to read again!

I was given a complimentary copy of this ebook from the author, but was not required to write a review. The thoughts and comments are my own.
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This historical drama is based on an actual incident—and a sad one, at that. The touching story captures the heart and helps readers better see events from the Native American’s point of view. A fledgling woman doctor struggles to find her way at a Western fort during the Civil War period. She treats both soldiers and Indians, and as she learns more about the Cheyenne she feels drawn to help them. One young brave especially catches her attention. The novel includes the horrific and uncalled-for ...more
Janet Grunst
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I find stories set in the midst of actual historical events particularly interesting. Sand Creek Serenade takes place in 1864 during the time of the Sand Creek massacre. Tensions between settlers and Native Americans had increased and these two cultures fought for control of the Great Plains of eastern Colorado.
Sand Creek Serenade is full of independent, and strong-willed, multidimensional characters. As one might expect, it’s fairly raw in parts, but it is also a story of friendship, faith, an
May 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sand Creek Serenade was a sweet, short story. Sadie was brave and was willing to stand for what she believed in and what she thought was right. I loved seeing that she thought more of other's then of herself and treated everything equally when she was surrounded with others acting with prejudice. This author perfectly captured the difficulties the Native American's faced and wrote a beautiful story. I enjoyed seeing Sadie and Five Kills and watching them grow throughout the book.
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Jennifer Uhlarik discovered the western genre as a pre-teen, when she swiped the only “horse” book she found on her older brother’s bookshelf. A new love was born. Across the next ten years, she devoured Louis L’Amour westerns and fell in love with the genre. In college at the University of Tampa, she began penning her own story of the Old West. Armed with a B.A. in writing, she has won five writi ...more

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