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  • Posted November 28, 2011

    Heart-Wrenching Historical Fiction ¿ A Must Read

    The year is 1816 in the vast, unsettled, southern United States. Slavery is a way of life in the South and many of the Africans held in bondage on plantations have escaped below the border to a place called Negro Fort¿their first taste of freedom from their masters. But the United States Army has been assigned to destroy the fort and recapture the slaves. It is here during this difficult military assignment that Major Phillip Bailey is forced to confront the painful memories of a previous war that have left him scarred both physically and emotionally. But his struggles extend to the war waging in his heart for love, as well as the stirring conviction that slavery is an unjust web that entangles his military duty with his sense of morality.
    This stirring sequel to "Wounded Spirits" leads the reader to the rugged landscape of 19th century Georgia, and follows again the lives and loves of Adela, Phillip, Totka and others as they struggle not just to survive, but find their place in a world of racial prejudice and alliances between nations that are as fragile and changing as the seasons. This gripping tale by April W. Gardner helps you fully understand the impact of that harsh time on the people in that era. "Warring Spirits" is an exciting and heart-wrenching story of hope, mercy, and love in a world of seeming despair. Wonderful historical fiction with an inspiring element of faith!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2013

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    I just finished reading WARRING SPIRITS by April W. Gardner. WOW

    I just finished reading WARRING SPIRITS by April W. Gardner. WOW! What a profoundly moving piece of Literature! It is a tremendous Historical Romance a man would probably enjoy as much as a woman. There is plenty of action, adventure, drama, romance and suspense. Set in the fore part of the 1800s it consists of wars, recuperation, change of heart, forgiveness,racial prejudices, romance, and is cleanly written.The author ties situations, time periods, and different characters together so creatively.It is a must read.

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  • Posted March 3, 2012

    Warring Spirits completely swept me off my feet! Revisiting char

    Warring Spirits completely swept me off my feet! Revisiting characters from Wounded Spirits and discovering new ones, this next book in the Creek Country Saga is sure to win April Gardner new fans everywhere! It's always a wonderful surprise when the second book turns out even better than the first (which was awesome to begin with! ;-), and that's exactly what I discovered in Warring Spirits. That first scene drew me into this fantastic adventure alongside two amazing characters--Phillip the soldier and Milly the slave.

    For Phillip Bailey, shackled to his haunting past, he understands and quickly come to sympathize with Milly--the young slave girl who looks every bit like a white person except for her frizzy hair. Throughout Warring Spirits, both Phillip and Milly are taken on a wild adventure as each struggles to find peace in a war-torn land. The ultimate journey for freedom seems to be continually thwarted for Milly, and no amount of Phillips secret aid helps her. It isn't until these two give the prize they both long for--freedom--to the Lord, that He returns it to them ways they could never have imagine.

    Everything about this book was delightful. From the very accurate, if gruesome, details of the history, to the believable characters. April isn't a cliché author, that's for sure--everything within this book is as close-to-life as possible for a book, and I love it even more for that. An issue that is present in this book is the use of beautiful slave girls for their masters. While April does an outstanding job of not going into too much detail, a slavegirl is raped within the book, though the actual incident takes place "off scene". This isn't an easy matter to write about, I am sure, but I commend April for not steering away from the reality of that time period--as slaves were often used for such depravity by their masters.

    From cover to cover Warring Spirits is a powerful, action-packed, romantic, emotional book with a message that will remain with you for a long time to come. April Gardner is a gem of an author worth setting alongside the other amazing historical fiction writers on my shelf (Jody Hedlund, Kaye Dacus, and Laura Frantz, to name a few!). Loved every moment I spent in Warring Spirits and was sad to see it come to an end!

    I reviewed this book for the author as an influencer and endorser. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.

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  • Posted January 8, 2012

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    Fantastic historical fiction

    "Warring Spirits" transports the reader back to 1816 when owning slaves in the south was normal, but it was also quite normal for those slaves to dream of freedom and risk their life to gain it. Milly was different than most slaves, she could pass as a white woman, except for her hair which was a dead giveaway. The only comfort she ever had during her years as a slave came from her friend Isam, so when she heard the rumor that Isam had been sold they both decide to escape and head for the Negro Fort. Will they achieve the freedom that they long for?
    The US Army has been dispatched to join forces with the Creek Indians to overthrow the Negro Fort. Major Phillip Bailey's past wont let go and haunts him daily. The scar he carries on his face is nothing compared to his wounded spirit. When he sees what he thinks is a white woman near the Negro Fort he can't get her out of his mind, and wants to rescue her, but when he learns that Milly is actually a slave will he help her or return her to her master?

    I am a huge fan of historical fiction and this story doesn't disappoint. The characters in this story really pulled me in. In the beginning pages I was drawn to Milly and Isum and had to know how their stories would work out. Their dream of freedom was tangible, and once they experienced it there was no going back.My heart broke on several occasions for Milly,and I could easily understand why she felt God had left her. Phillip was a true gentleman, something that Milly had never experienced in a white man.The author often allowed us to see Phillip's wonderful character from how he handled his relationship with Totka to the way he treated Enoch.

    This was one of those stories that had my heart breaking on several occasions, but the author provided an ending that had my spirits soaring.

    While "Warring Spirits" is the second book in the Creek County Saga I felt like the author provided enough background information that it could be read as a stand alone work, but honestly it's such a great series your going to want to read both books.

    On a scale of one to five I would rate this series a six because it's just that good!

    A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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