I’m super excited to announce that I am participating in St. Martin’s Press Blog Tour for Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird! Be Sure to read ALL of this post -hint hint-!
About the Author:
SARAH BIRD’s previous novel, Above the East China Sea, was long-listed for the Dublin International Literary Award. Sarah has been selected for the Meryl Streep Screenwriting Lab, the B&N Discover Great Writers program, NPR’s Moth Radio series, the Texas Literary Hall of Fame, and New York Libraries Books to Remember list. She first heard Cathy Williams’ story in the late seventies while researching African-American rodeos.
About the Book:
The compelling, hidden story of Cathy Williams, a former slave and the only woman to ever serve with the legendary Buffalo Soldiers.
“Here’s the first thing you need to know about Miss Cathy Williams: I am the daughter of a daughter of queen and my mama never let me forget it.”
Though born into bondage on a “miserable tobacco farm” in Little Dixie, Missouri, Cathy Williams was never allowed to consider herself a slave. According to her mother, she was a captive, destined by her noble warrior blood to escape the enemy. Her means of deliverance is Union general Phillip Henry “Smash ‘em Up” Sheridan, the outcast of West Point who takes the rawboned, prideful young woman into service. At war’s end, having tasted freedom, Cathy refuses to return to servitude and makes the monumental decision to disguise herself as a man and join the Army’s legendary Buffalo Soldiers.
Alone now in the ultimate man’s world, Cathy must fight not only for her survival and freedom, but she also vows to never give up on finding her mother, her little sister, and the love of the only man strong enough to win her heart. Inspired by the stunning, true story of Private Williams, this American heroine comes to vivid life in a sweeping and magnificent tale about one woman’s fight for freedom, respect and independence.
This is not a book I would typically pick up, but I really did enjoy it. The dialect for the characters were so true to the time period and it really felt like you were right there with them. I am a teacher by trade and I feel like this would be a wonderful asset to a High School History class. It has such character and emotional depth to it, you can’t help but feel for Cathy. What a brave woman. It’s a fast-pace story that flows quite nicely. I could easily follow along and never felt myself getting too side-tracked. Am I the only one who got some Mulan vibes here? There are some slow parts in the middle of the book that I felt weren’t necessary, but it did make the story well-rounded.
And, GUESS WHAT? I’m giving away a hard copy of this book! You can follow me on instagram (@livereadandprosper) for a chance to win or just enter below! This giveaway is sponsored by St Martin’s Press.
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