A mix of sorrow and joy, the Whistling Woman is a tale of growing up in North Carolina in a large family, with Cherokee roots, plenty of folk lore, fi..Show More »erce love and loyalty, and a daddy who is the constable. Bessie is the oldest and she butts heads plenty . . . she has a mind of her own . . . and that's just fine with her daddy . . . most of the time. I'm very familiar with the country sayings in the book, such as "fixin' to" . . . in Kentucky, where I grew up, we're always "fixin' to" do something, too . . . The narration is a delight. The entire story is honest, gritty, sweet, sad and rings absolutely true. Can't wait to listen to the sequel, Moonfixer.
I could listen to the stories of these Appalachian folk all day long . . . it's just like going home to the hollers of Kentucky where I grew up on the..Show More » Nolin River, making molasses with my daddy and grandpa and watching the old mule go round in circles as the cane was pulled in the grinder to mash out the juice to make the sorghum. The story of the little boy feeding in the sugar cane nearly ripped my heart out . . . yet these are the things that happen on family farms . . . joy and tragedy . . . Bessie and Fletch after their marriage is a deeply moving, often funny story, and just as good as the first in the series . . . Bessie remembers all that her Cherokee great grandmother taught her and continues using her healing powers, gathering herbs and caring for all her neighbors who are ill or injured . . . and mourning with them when her cures are just not enough . . . She also has her gift of "knowing" and "seeing" things sometimes . . . and sweet, unassuming Fletch has learned to accept it, when Bessie insists they must go to one in need . . . I wish that the third in the series was on audio, but so far, it isn't. Listening to these books is a real treat!
I really love this series!! You will love these characters and their courage in the face of adversity and struggle. Bessie is a woman ahead of her t..Show More »ime and, perhaps, ahead of ours, too. Her care for people, animals and all life is inspiring.