Dove (Book Three)
Reaching his remaining family in Minnesota has been former Confederate soldier Boyd Carter’s plan since his journey northward began. Accompanied by his brother Malcolm, the two depart Iowa in the late summer of 1868 beneath a cloud of uncertainty, leaving behind longtime friends Sawyer and Lorie Davis, with promises to reunite in the spring. Also left behind is Rebecca Krage, a woman of quiet passion and grace, whose deep love for Boyd Carter remains unconfessed.
U. S. Marshal Thomas Yancy has been missing since his desperate flight from Rebecca Krage’s homestead. Despite assurance that the Yancys will trouble them no longer, Lorie Davis is not convinced. Her and Sawyer’s recent joyful discovery is soon overshadowed by the arrival of information that Boyd and Malcolm never reached their destination in the North. Somewhere between Iowa City and St. Paul, the two brothers have apparently vanished. Their paths, interwoven by fate, and their collective strength, must again be tested as they face the greatest threat to their lives yet.
ISBN Trade Paperback: 978-1-77168-043-1
FICTION | Historical Romance | 416 pages
List Price: $16.95 | January 2018
"Set in the aftermath of the American Civil War, Soul of a Crow traces the harrowing journey of a couple and their loved ones trying to start a new life in the West. Abbie Williams’s novel enlivens the Restoration years, showing the toll that the war took on both men and women, and the depravity and madness that sometimes arises from the chaos of war and violence. Williams populates her historical fiction with people nearly broken by their experiences: ex-soldiers driven mad, women forced into prostitution, children growing up without parents. At the beginning of this novel, deeply wounded couple Lorie Blake and Sawyer Davis are in love, and have already been severely tested—she from being sold into prostitution, then kidnapped and nearly killed, he from the devastation and violence of war that took his loved ones and his stability. Childhood friend Boyd Carter and his young brother Malcolm travel with the couple from a Tennessee that no longer feels like home—their houses and families burned, killed, or taken by sickness. The crew heads north to uncle in order to start a new life, but their old lives, the atrocities of war, and the acts committed to save each other and themselves trail them closely. Williams spends a great deal of time setting the atmosphere and climate of the post-Civil War era, the difficulties Southerners faced at home and as they moved around the country. This makes the first hundred pages move a bit slowly as it takes time to establish the multiple levels of conflict. Though there is some steam between Sawyer and Lori, it is not the focus of the story. The plight of veterans so profoundly affects their experience as a couple that the love story is inseparable from the time in which it occurred, making the novel a good option not just for romance enthusiasts but for history buffs as well." ~ Foreword Reviews
**Independent Publishers Awards Gold Medalist 2015** (Heart of a Dove)
"Set just after the U.S. Civil War, this passionate opening volume of a projected series successfully melds historical narrative, women’s issues, and breathless romance with horsewomanship, trailside deer-gutting, and alluring smidgeons of Celtic ESP." ~ Publishers Weekly (Heart of a Dove)
By Abbie Williams