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Sand Creek Serenade

4.64  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  23 reviews
"Uhlarik's research is sound and her characters are intriguing [in]...this well-constructed story..." ~ Publishers Weekly
Dr. Sadie Hoppner is no stranger to adversity. She’s fought to be taken seriously since childhood, when her father began training her in the healing arts. Finding acceptance and respect proves especially difficult at Fort Lyon, where she’s come to prac
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published March 14th 2019 by Smitten Historical Romance
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Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
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
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
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
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book! I really enjoyed it. I especially like books that are historically true. The author did a great job of combining history with fiction, and creating a story that grabs you and won't let you go. I can't wait till next book is out! An important part of the book is the Christian faith of the various characters. It was so touching to see the Indian turn to the one true God, and place his trust in Him. The characters - both the Indians and the Americans, seemed so very real too. The author ...more
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
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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.

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
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
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.
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A deeply moving story set against the backdrop of a tragic moment in U.S. history. Even amid turmoil, however, love can blossom. When a young female doctor meets a Cheyenne brave, both their worlds expand. However, it's a dangerous time to be on the plains. Blood has been spilled from both sides. Tensions are impossibly high. Some men aren't to be trusted--even men in positions of authority. How can two people from such polar-opposite backgrounds find common ground that will allow them to help t ...more
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
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a book that I could not put down until I reached the end! The author did an excellent job of addressing such thought-provoking themes – from the realities of forging ahead through obstacles as a female physician in the 1800s to the tenuous relationship between the Army and the Native Americans to the frowned-upon friendship between the main protagonists.

The characters were well written and elicited a range of emotions. I was impressed by the author’s ability to describe complex and con
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The mid 1800’s were a time of tumult and changes for the United States. The changes were hard come by and required sacrifice. Jennifer Uhlarik has incorporated two of those changes in this book, the coming of women in traditionally men’s roles, in this case a doctor, and the treatment of the Native American people. I particularly found the later to be a painful part to read. Five Kills and Sadie faced many obstacles, some they would have faced even if they had never met, others because they had ...more
Renee Yancy
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Unusual romance between a female physician and a Cheyenne brave, and an interesting depiction of the prejudice Dr. Sadie Hoppner faces on the frontier when she attempts to treat the male soldiers. If you know anything about American history in the southwest, then you know the Sand Creek Massacre waits somewhere in this story, and that only heightens the suspense as the story races to a finish. Uhlarik had has done her homework here, and she shows the atrocities committed on both sides during a t ...more
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed Sand Creek Serenade. It was a beautiful story, rich with historical detail. I love women who bravely do the work they love and are called to do, even when it goes against social norms. Sadie Hoppner does just that when she becomes a doctor and works alongside her brother in a military fort. I thought Uhlarik did a fabulous job writing about the Native Americans and their plight amid the prejudice of the time. Beautifully done.
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderfully interesting book written about an actual horrible happening, the Sand Creek Massacre. Uhlarik has woven a tale of tenderness, compassion and even romance around this senseless murdering of innocent men, women and children of this historical event……..It centers around Sadie Hoppner who has studied to be a doctor along with her brother Ben who is a medical doctor at fort Lyon in Colorado in the year 1864. The Cheyenne have been subdued and live outside the fort, seeking to li ...more
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Sadie Hoppner has fought to be taken seriously since childhood, when her father began training her in the healing arts. It is difficult to find acceptance and respect but especially so at Fort Lyon, where she’s come to practice medicine under her brother’s watchful eye. Then Five Kills, who wouldn’t knowingly jeopardize the peace treaty recently negotiated between his people and the Army, has a chance meeting with the female doctor that ignites memories of his upbringing among the whites. So ...more
Dawn Elliott
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I didn't want to stop reading - and I still don't, but I had to stop because I finished the book! This is one of the very few times that I have tried to slow down while reading so that I wouldn't finish the book so soon, however I couldn't help but continue to read it until the end as quick as I could to see what would happen! I wanted to read more! I wanted to learn more about the Massacre. I wanted to fight with the tribes and stand up for them! I wanted to remove any obstacles preventing the ...more
Annette O'Hare
Jennifer Uhlarik's Sand Creek Serenade is a prime example of an author who must really love research! I loved the idea of a lady doctor at a military base. The fighting scenes were gory, but unfortunately very accurate. The hero, a half-white, half Native American man was my favorite part of the book. So dreamy!
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kept me up!

I just loved this interesting story, it has a little of history,war,romance and a great example of how women have had to fight for our rights and free will. Thankyou!
Amanda Geaney
Apr 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Jennifer Uhlarick is a new author for me. I enjoyed her storytelling, characters, and the pacing of this novel.

One detail prevented me from loving this book—I do not like when characters receive divine visitations. Without this scene, I could have given the book a much higher rating. (Theology matters.)

I won this book in a giveaway.
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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