Sunday, July 15, 2018

#BookReview of Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by @sarahbirdwriter #DaughterOfAdaughterOfAqueen #NetGalley

Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen
Reviewed By: Rachael
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Recommended Age: Young Adult
Genre: Historical, Fiction
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 considered herself a slave. According to her mother, she was a captive, bound 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 vows to never give up on finding her mother, her little sister, and the love of the only man strong and noble 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 respect and independence.

Christina Baker Kline says Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen is "an epic page-turner" and "unforgettable."

About the Author: 
I've been a winner of a Meryl Streep Screenwriting Award; an NPR Moth storyteller; an Indie's Pick; a humor columnist for Texas Monthly for eight years. 
Awards include a Dobie-Paisano Fellowship; a National Magazine Award; Elle Magazine Readers Prize; People Magazines Page Turners; Barnes & Nobles Discover Great Writers; a BookSense Pick; NY Public Library's Books to Remember; Amazons Fiction and Literature Editors Best Book of the Year list; SW Critics Best Novel of the Year; Texas Institute of Letters Award for Best Work of Fiction, (twice); and Texas Writers Hall of Fame member. 
Besides Texas Monthly my articles and essays have appeared in Oprahs Magazine, NY Times Sunday Magazine, Real Simple, Mademoiselle, Glamour, Salon, Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, MS, and Texas Observer. 
I've written screenplays for Paramount, CBS, Warner Bros, National Geographic, ABC, TNT, Hemdale Studio, and several independent producers. 

Do I Recommend this book? Yes!

Notes and Opinions: This really not a story I've ever read before nor would have willing picked up. But omg I'm so glad this was requested. Cathay is so inspirational. To dress and act like a man and join the Union Army would be terrifying for me. This is based on a true, real-life story and that just makes it even more beautiful. The love story was added in for this book and I'm kind of on the fence about it. On one hand, I love romance and sappy stuff but on the would have still been great without it. This story is such an epic tale of adventure and bravery!


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Hello, this is the author. Thank you so much for your lovely review. I never expected my novel would be accepted as YA, but I am so happy it is. I really hope young female readers especially will be inspired by the true story of Cathy/Cathey/Cathay Williams!

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