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Seeds of Deception

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  21 reviews

Every family has secrets.  Some should never be kept.

On the same day, Sput Louie McClendon is evicted by reviled town tycoon Goliah Lynch, her husband mysteriously vanishes. Has he fallen pre to bushwhackers or timber thieves in Indian Territory? Or is Lynch behind his disappearance?

Alone and desperate, Sput Louie turns to Cherokee elder Two Bird for help, but are his inte

Mass Market Paperback, 226 pages
Published June 18th 2019 by Fleetwood Publishing
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Pamela Samuels Young
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While historical fiction isn’t it a genre I read often, I found myself drawn into the pages of Seeds of Deception. The characters range the spectrum from good-hearted to callous and you’ll definitely find a villain you’ll love to hate. The story’s historical aspect is one you’ve probably never heard before, which makes Seeds of Deception educational as well as entertaining. The author is also a gifted writer who paints the pages with creative descriptions. I enjoyed it and I’m sure you will too!
Read In Colour
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm so envious of everyone who hasn't read Arlene Walker's forthcoming novel yet. I wish I could go back and meet her characters all over again. I haven't stopped thinking about their stories yet. Seeds of Deception is easily one of my favorite reads this year. ...more
Brown Girl Reading
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
As a whole I liked Seeds of Deception. It's a book with a fantastic motley crew of characters. Its storyline is very different from what I've been reading lately - Cherokee Indians and their former slaves fighting for land. The book isn't too long but there is something about the writing that I had trouble with. Actually I think it's the pacing. It's a bit slow. I also feel there was too much effort put into details and that took away from the story. This being said I I still liked it and enjoye ...more
John Kerry
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It is not so much that The seeds of Deception, is particularly moving (although it is). It isn’t even so much that it is written with language that is both delicate and sturdy all at once (which it is, as well). And it’s certainly not that Arlene L Walker's vision filled passages are so precise that you begin to feel all the event's happening in front of your eyes (even though they are).

It’s a great book and I couldn’t stop reading it, but I didn’t want it to end either! As you read, you share M
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pretty quick page-turner, but goes into deep emotional territory. Super descriptive and vivid. Was the best book that my book club has selected in quite awhile.
Sarah Asher
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Walker has created a delicious blend of historical fact and fiction. She weaves her tale of a family dealing with the consequences of secrets in the setting of post-Civil War slave emancipation. This story is also part of the bigger, but mostly untold story of the relationship of Freedmen and the Cherokee tribe. It's a compelling, well written story and an enlightening window into a world of which few people are aware.

I loved the strength and resiliency of the main character, Sput Louie. And I w
Firdaus Samad
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Sput Louie, a headstrong woman who belongs to the Cherokee community lives with her husband and children. One day the whole family is asked to leave the farm owned by Goliah Lynch (Old Crow). Desperate about how are they going to find refuge again, the family begins searching for a shelter. And meanwhile, Sput's husband, Benjamin, disappears. He leaves behind some clues for her although. Thus begins a search by Sput.
Is someone behind his going missing or has he left his family due to some reaso
William Thomas  Hammond
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I’ve always loved history, all types of history but especially the history of African Americans because their story was often left out of mainstream history books. 
Arlene L. Walker has created a fascinating blend of historical fact and fiction in Seeds of Deception.
I was absolutely drawn-in following the McClendon family’s journey through life during post Civil War slave emancipation. 

The characters were developed beautifully; I could picture them in my minds eye. 
Native American slave owners
The Reviewera
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Five Stars

One of the best books I have read this month!
Highly recommend it! I only leave positive feedback and reviews when I love the book.
Feel free to ask anything regarding this book.
A must read for sure.
Tammy Goodwin
Jul 28, 2019 rated it liked it
The story was interesting but I did not like the writing style.
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
felt myself drawn to this book as I kept reading. It was a good. The storyline was different from what I've been reading. This was a good change of pace ...more
Vidhika Yadav
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book is mainly historical fiction but also throws light on some facts, some truths which makes it quite enlightening as well as engaging and captivating.

Set in tribal town of Feather Falls, during the times of tensions between Cherokee Indians and their former slaves for land, rights And liberties.So this book revolves around Sput Louise and Benjamin, the husband-wife duo who worked under Golhia Lynch.The couple blessed with three sons, were living their ordinary life, then one day Golhia s
Shweta Shenoy
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
"Being enslaved left you with a certain mindset. After it stripped you naked of your dignity, it bore a hole in your soul and your spirit."
- quote from the book.

Sput Louie McClendon her three sons & her husband Benjamin are freed slaves who are already living in a decrepit condition in Feather Falls, when their former owner and the town's tycoon Goliah Lynch, aka Old Crow evicts them without notice. Benjamin has a history with Goliah owing which, the frustrated and angry Benjamin decides to conf
Shivaraman Ramakrishnan
This book follows the life of Sput and her family, who were slaves to a cruel tycoon. But after they are thrown out by their owner, her husband goes missing. In a force to reunite her family and have a better life, Sput sets out to find what happened to her husband.

Seeds of Deception was an interesting book for me to read. When I was given the opportunity to read it, the first thing that got my eyes was how descriptive and intriguing the blurb was. It had the mystery element well sprayed, which
Dec 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
This book failed on several levels for me. First, I never really felt that I knew much about the characters and therefore, never really grew to care about them one way or the other. I didn't love Sput Louie. I didn't hate Goliah. Two Birds was the most interesting character but that role was tangential and followed an undeveloped story line. There were other tangent storylines that were just left dangling and characters who were introduced but had no real impact on the story but also weren't dev ...more
Sree Priya
Mar 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Seeds of Deception is a intriguing and informative book about the slavery based on the history of African American. The story shows clear picture about how they have fought for their basic rights after the civil war.

The story is about Benjamin and his wife Sput Louise and their sons, who worked under Golhia Lynch. After sometime they both were removed from their place. It become very difficult for them to find a shelter and work, the same time Benjamin gone missing suddenly.

Now Sput was in a d
Marie (UK)
I received an ARC copy of this book in return for an honest review. I know this book is going to get lots of rave reviews as the slave and quest for freedom story is told from a different point of view. Here we have the story, personal to the author of the fight that some American Indians fought for their rights. For me it does nothing, the narrative is difficult in both the way it is written and in its content. It is depressing and ultimately simply repeats what hundred of other authors have to ...more
Shannan Harper
Jan 31, 2020 rated it liked it
It was kind of an interesting story, I just don't think it was the right story for my personal taste, but judge for yourself

I received a copy of this book through netgalley for an honest review.
Michelle L. E. Price
Could tear my eyes away

This story was so beautifully told, my only complaint was that I should have read it with others, in community. There is so much to feel, to discuss, and the history (rich, detailed and powerfully woven throughout) gave me such much to process.
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!

Pleasure reading and historical fiction combined make this a must read! You’ll learn something while you delve into a superb storyline. Everyone will find a character to identify with.
Nishant Yadav
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazingly woven like an interesting spell. I didn't think this book was going to be this good. It was , as you might expect , engaging , a total different piece of art from every aspect.
It sets a very high bar for whatever he does that comes next.
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Arlene L. Walker is of African-American and Native American heritage. She is a graduate of UCLA Extension Writers' Program and is a winner of the PEN USA CASP Award as well as a finalist in the 2011 PEN Emerging Voices Fellowship. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in A Letter For My Mother, WOW-Women On Writing. Ms. Walker resides in Southern California where she is currently at work on he ...more

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