SUMMARY Night Bird Calling 107

SUMMARY Night Bird Calling

SUMMARY Night Bird Calling 107 ´ From award winning author Cathy Gohlke whose novels have been called haunting Library Journal on Saving Amelie and page turning Francine Rivers on Secrets She Kept comes a historical fiction story of courage and transformation set in rural Appalachia on the eve of WWIIWhen Lilliana Swope's beloved mother dies Lilliana gathers hNd Jesse Willard and with Ruby Lynne Wishon a young woman whose secrets could destroy both them and the town When the plans for the library also incite the wrath of the Klan the dangers of Lilliana's past and present threaten to topple her before she's learned to standWith war brewing for the nation and for her newfound community Lilliana must overcome a hard truth voiced by her young friend Celia Wishing comes easy Change don't. This review by librarian Christine Barth was first published in the November 2020 edition of Library JournalNo Creek NC is a small town down on its luck reeling from the Great Depression and suspicious of outsiders Blind spinster Hyacinth Belvidere commands respect as the last descendant of the grand old families but her new house guest Liliana Grace makes some waves Liliana is accepted as the town librarian but only because folks don't know she's on the run from an abusive husband and hiding under an assumed name As Liliana makes connections in the charming town she uncovers hidden fault lines and with a child's innocent invitation racial and class divisions threaten to erupt into an all out war Liliana takes one small step of bravery after another trying to bring forgiveness and healing to others even though she doesn't believe she deserves them for herselfVERDICT Gohlke The Medallion delivers another historical drama fraught with tension and loaded with truth Recommended for readers seeking to understand complex historical issues with determined characters and a dash of hope Fans of Susan Meissner's As Bright as Heaven or Lisa Wingate's The Book of Lost Friends will want to add this to their list

REVIEW ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Cathy Gohlke

Foothills of No Creek North Carolina Though Hyacinth Belvidere hasn't seen Lilliana since she was five she offers her cherished great niece a safe harbor Their joyful reunion inspires plans to revive Aunt Hyacinth's estate and open a public library where everyone is welcome no matter the color of their skinSlowly Lilliana finds revival and friendship in No Creek with precocious eleven year old Celia Percy with kindhearted Revere. The era is the early forties to the beginning of World War II the place is No Creek North Carolina The principal players are Celia Percy Lilliana Swope Hyacinth Belvidere Jesse Willard a few other characters who populate No Creek and a couple of characters who live in Pennsylvania The circumstances include wife abuse physical emotional and spiritual KKK activities moonshining and rape Cathy Gohlke has treated these societal ills with her usual high uality style Night Bird Calling is one of those novels that you don't want to put down but you don't want it to end; it's like seeing a train wreck you don't want to watch it but you can't look away After Lilliana's mother's funeral Lilliana falls asleep in one of the pews of the church waiting for her husband to take her home She overhears her husband and her father both elders in the church discussing how her husband can get rid of her to marry someone else She knows she can't go home to her husband or her father so she walks to the train station and gets the first train out of Philadelphia to No Creek Her great aunt Hyacinth will take her in she hopes I found this book to be engrossing compelling and wholly intriguing The only problem I had with the book is that the author bounces back and forth between first person Lilliana telling her own story and third person narration to fill in the gaps between Lilliana's parts It is still a five star book with two thumbs up and a whip poor will singing at night

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Night Bird CallingFrom award winning author Cathy Gohlke whose novels have been called haunting Library Journal on Saving Amelie and page turning Francine Rivers on Secrets She Kept comes a historical fiction story of courage and transformation set in rural Appalachia on the eve of WWIIWhen Lilliana Swope's beloved mother dies Lilliana gathers her last ounce of courage and flees her abusive husband for the home of her only living relative in the. Night Bird Calling by Cathy Gohlke is an excellent historical fiction that kept me enthralled from beginning to end This is a southern historical fiction that takes place early 1940s in rural North Carolina in the tiny almost forgotten town of No Creek Here we get to see this small town through the eyes of its small cluster of members that still reside Life is hard it is rough it has many obstacles in this impoverished rural village We are introduced to a wonderfully eclectic and radiant group of complex characters that all are fascinating in their own rights All have wonderfully drawn personalities complex pasts imperfections faults and their own strengths as well Each character adds to the overall plot in an essential way All are looking for love escape forgiveness acceptance friendship fellowship true purpose in life and guidance from each other and from God whether they realize it or not This is a brilliant narrative The author is beyond talented in her ability to portray the flawed human image To read of the trials of Lilianna Grace and how she was able to find her great Aunt Hyacinth again how Celia was able to find her full family and purpose again how Reverend Jesse was able to find his true calling and also what he didn't even realize he was missing in the process how the town was able to create a library an environment for learning for bettering oneself for realizing their self worth enough to want to better themselves this and was present in this novel I will not say that the entire narrative was easy subject matter To read about abuse whether domestic societal or substance in any form is difficult Also reading about racial oppression and segregation oppression and abuse from church officials gone astray and from the unfair laws and restrictions that negatively affected women and children and minorities it is all there and is written about appropriately and is much needed I truly enjoyed reading about this full cast their journeys their changes their improvements and their satisfying endings I felt moments of sadness moments of triumph and also moments of fear where I gripped my seat in suspense All of these indicate to me the signs of an excellent novel with an excellent author I hope everyone has the ability to read this gem and be able to experience all this wonderful novel has to offer Highly recommend 55 stars