Drawn by the Frost Moon: Bitter Eyes No More

Drawn by the Frost Moon: Bitter Eyes No More

by April W Gardner

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Overview

For those who enjoy saga-length Christian historical romance. Bitter Eyes No More is a single, complete story. It is book four in the Creek Country Saga.

A man of abiding honor, tested by a woman of ruinous passion. A woman of unspeakable sins, pursued by a God of unquenchable mercy.

Spanish Florida once sheltered Lillian McGirth from her fears. Now, it feeds them. Mercy is for the deserving; for Lillian, an unwed mother accused of treason, there is only battering and defeat, but her fall breaks softly in the arms of an unexpected arrival, a man too beautiful of soul to stain with her lost character.

Captain Marcus Buck sails in on a pledge to save Miss McGirth from herself and from her child's father, a ruthless don. All the while, he's to regard her as virtuous and worthy of protection and to guard said virtue from pilfering. But the terms are flawed since he must first guard her from himself. Regardless, he is determined. He will free her, repair her name-simple labor compared to dodging the army's noose, mending wounds three years deep, and navigating a host of rebel Natives bent on inflicting more.

Through the steady crumble of his pledge, their friendship becomes a consolation, for she knows his pain as no other can or will. Their scars are one; their paths, however, might irrevocably become two...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781945831034
Publisher: April W Gardner
Publication date: 05/27/2017
Pages: 452
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.01(d)

About the Author

APRIL W GARDNER writes Christian historical romance with a focus on our Southeastern Native Tribes. She is a military wife and homeschooling mother of two who lives in South Texas. In no particular order, April dreams of owning a horse, learning a third language, and visiting all the national parks.

Connect with April online at:
AprilGardner.com twitter.com/AprilWGardner
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Drawn by the Frost Moon: Bitter Eyes No More 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
EmilyAnneK17 More than 1 year ago
In the early years of the United States, Lillian mourns her past mistakes that brought her to this part of Spanish Florida. The father of her illegitimate daughter controls Lillian’s life. He, a Spanish noble, would never deign to marry someone as lowly as her. He would rather use her for everything she is worth, including to spy on those Americans. Meanwhile, a doctor and Captain in the United States military is sent by Lillian’s father to rescue her and her daughter. Saga is a good description of Drawn by the Frost Moon: Bitter Eyes no more. There was so much involved in the story. The romance took center stage, but there are also battles between the various national groups (Spanish, US, Native American), complicated histories, treasonous plots, spies, religious issues, and racial, gender, and class conflicts. It was complicated and long, but I loved every minute of it. I think what I found the most interesting among the different conflicts and themes was the representation of the Native Americans. I believe it is true to life, first of all, with no prejudice that I could see. Inside the novel, there was a particular tribe that played a vital role in the story. They had raided Lillian’s hometown and taken her captive as a child. She was a slave, but she became a daughter and sister within the tribe at the same time. A year later, she became free, but thegoughout this novel, she interacted with the individuals of that tribe. It was interesting to see both the positive and negative effects of that experience as well as the relationships she had with the individuals had on Lillian’s life. As a side note, it was all kind of nice to see a Christian author who wasn’t afraid to show a little bit of passion between the characters. I mean, there was nothing inappropriate in the the novel, but the readers knew the characters were extremely attracted to each other. Something about the way the author portrayed this particular situation struck me as different than a lot of the Christian novels I have read. I really liked this book. It was long and complicated, but it only made th book that much better. I recommend it to fans of historical Christian fiction. I received a complementary copy of this book from the author. All opinions are my own.
EmilyAnneK17 More than 1 year ago
In the early years of the United States, Lillian mourns her past mistakes that brought her to this part of Spanish Florida. The father of her illegitimate daughter controls Lillian’s life. He, a Spanish noble, would never deign to marry someone as lowly as her. He would rather use her for everything she is worth, including to spy on those Americans. Meanwhile, a doctor and Captain in the United States military is sent by Lillian’s father to rescue her and her daughter. Saga is a good description of Drawn by the Frost Moon: Bitter Eyes no more. There was so much involved in the story. The romance took center stage, but there are also battles between the various national groups (Spanish, US, Native American), complicated histories, treasonous plots, spies, religious issues, and racial, gender, and class conflicts. It was complicated and long, but I loved every minute of it. I think what I found the most interesting among the different conflicts and themes was the representation of the Native Americans. I believe it is true to life, first of all, with no prejudice that I could see. Inside the novel, there was a particular tribe that played a vital role in the story. They had raided Lillian’s hometown and taken her captive as a child. She was a slave, but she became a daughter and sister within the tribe at the same time. A year later, she became free, but thegoughout this novel, she interacted with the individuals of that tribe. It was interesting to see both the positive and negative effects of that experience as well as the relationships she had with the individuals had on Lillian’s life. As a side note, it was all kind of nice to see a Christian author who wasn’t afraid to show a little bit of passion between the characters. I mean, there was nothing inappropriate in the the novel, but the readers knew the characters were extremely attracted to each other. Something about the way the author portrayed this particular situation struck me as different than a lot of the Christian novels I have read. I really liked this book. It was long and complicated, but it only made th book that much better. I recommend it to fans of historical Christian fiction. I received a complementary copy of this book from the author. All opinions are my own.
oktobeme More than 1 year ago
All I can say is WOW! This is book 4 in the series. And they are excellent books. This story shows just how much God loves each person and how big His grace is as you will see in Lillian. Her father is dying and she is in another country. She doesn't know if she can make it on time, facing many obstacles will she make it? A awesome book and series. You won't be disappointed. Blessings, Karen Rating: 5* I received this book as a gift and all opinions are my own.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This was an enjoyable historical fiction story. This is the fourth book in the Creek Country Saga. This can be read as a stand alone but it would probably be better to read the other books in the series first to understand a bit more of the story. I really liked Captain Marcus Buck. Liana was interesting but sometimes I did not agree with some of her decisions. I haven’t read much about Spanish held Florida or the Seminole Wars before. This was interesting. I received a copy of this ebook from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
annelr More than 1 year ago
Drawn by the Frost Moon: Bitter Eyes No More is an intense historical fiction book by April W. Gardner. Although fourth in the Creek Country Saga and having characters from the previous novels, Bitter Eyes No More is easily read as a stand-alone story. The author fills in the backstory of the characters so the reader is quickly drawn into the story without a lot of questions about what has gone on before. We are caught up and compelled by the lives of the characters and their stories. And they each definitely have a past story that is driving life in the present. Gardner also has done an exceptional job of bringing to life the historical era of Spanish Florida during the early 1800s. The descriptions of the southern setting are such that the scenes seem to come alive. The characters are powerful and vibrant, you either love them or despise them. Marcus, a man who loses his heart to the woman he has been sent to rescue, a woman whose life contradicted his core values, is a man for whom justice is his calling. I love that he named his sword, Justice...standard issue but a strength in time of need. Lillian is a young woman full of fears, guilt, and bitterness and in need of a protector and healer. She is an American who has been adopted by a clan of Indians and given the name Bitter Eyes and yet lives as a mistress to a Spaniard--a conflicted soul. Would she be able to find forgiveness and restoration in the Creator? Will she allow Him to change her heart and bring her peace? She wants evidence that He hears and answers prayers but have the bruises to her heart and body blurred her spiritual vision so much that she can't see the hand of God in her life? Other characters are mired in the machinations of power, revenge, and greed and bring a lot of interesting tension to the story. Bitter Eyes No More is a compelling story that is steeped with edge-of-the-seat action, drama, and romance. I look forward to reading the next stories in this series. I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
BethErin More than 1 year ago
My reader heart is simply delighted with the Creek Country saga! As a dutiful reviewer, I reluctantly concede that this book is able to stand on its own. However, as a historical fiction enthusiast, I implore you to invest your heart in the bigger picture, reader friends and let these characters come alive to you chapter after chapter and book after book. Lillian McGirth loves fiercely. Lillian has grit and despite her weepy tendencies, she is tough enough to persevere and overcome with the right Help. Doctor Marcus Buck is a steadfast, upright, and honorable man in even the most trying and tempting situations. Mr. McGirth chose well when he selected Marcus Buck as Lillian's redeemer and guardian for her journey back home, physically and spiritually.