The Sheep Walker's Daughter

The Sheep Walker's Daughter

by Sydney Avey

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ISBN-13: 9781611532579
Publisher: Torchflame Books
Publication date: 09/30/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 220
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Sydney Avey writes about dynamic women in changing times. The Sheep Walker's Daughter will be republished by The Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno in October 2017. The Lyre and the Lambs, currently out of print, remains available in audio. The Trials of Nellie Belle will be published by the Torchflame imprint of Light Messages in February 2018. Half the year, Sydney breathes fresh mountain air in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Yosemite, California. The rest of the year, she soaks up the sun in the Arizona Sonoran Desert. Her poems, short stories, and commentary have appeared in Epiphany, Foliate Oak, Forge, American Athenaeum, Unstrung, Blue Guitar Magazine, MTL Magazine and Ruminate. She has studied at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. Visit her blog at

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The Sheep Walker's Daughter 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
MaryLouS More than 1 year ago
I love The Sheep Walker's Daughter by Sydney Avey! It's an inspiring gem that is beautifully written with lyrical language. The story unfolds with discovery, love and mystery as endearing characters grow in faith, love and wisdom through challenges of death, fire, secrets and separation. I highly recommend it!
ShoweSH More than 1 year ago
Great Story by a Talented Author I have always wondered how an author is able to weave many intricate details seamlessly into a compelling story.  Such is the case with The Sheep Walker’s Daughter.  This story caught my attention right from the beginning and kept it until I turned the last page on my Kindle.  The story of three strong women dealing with love, loss, and emotional pain and turmoil was wonderfully written.  Avey was able to successfully paint word pictures that captured my heart and imagination.  Her characters are relatable and well developed.  I look forward to reading the next book in this series by a very talented author. In addition to the story itself, I enjoyed learning about the Basque region of Spain and the areas of the US where there are strong Basque communities.  The history of this group of people and their love of their land was very interesting and informative. I was given a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review of this book.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved taking the walk with "The Sheep Walker's Daughter". Author Sydney Avey has a talent for putting life on the page. I enjoyed the "tongue in cheek" main character, Dolores Moraga Carter, and walking next to her as she blossomed to life while struggling to figure out where she came from, who she was, and who she wanted to become. I look forward to continuing the journey with her in Avey's next book, "The Lyre and the Lambs". I hope "The Sheep Walker's Daughter" gets the accolades it deserve.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sidney Avey is a pearl of a writer. I couldn't wait to finish reading her book but, at the same time, I wanted to enjoy every line of this well written, beautiful story. Avey has the extraordinary ability to transport you inside her story to live it from within, like you were part of it. The characters are so authentic and skilfully portrayed that, after a few pages, you feel like you know them. "The Sheep Walker's Daughter" is a rare combination of stylish writing and insightful reflections on what really matters in life. I really look forward to reading her next novel.
Theophilusfamily More than 1 year ago
 This book reached me at exactly the right time in my life.  I have a Grandfather I never met who was a Korean War veteran, and we are only beginning to have his stories told.  I have a whole family lineage that I know virtually nothing about, and I can't seem to get straight answers to my inquiries.  Like Dee, I just want to know who I came from, because I think it would tell me a bit about who I am.  I really enjoyed reading about Dee's hunger for identity, for belonging, for something bigger and interconnected, beyond her own existence.  Somedays there is this powerful urge to know what country my grandparents came from, what ethnicities are mingled in my heritage, what kind of blood flows in my veins. I want to know whose eyes I have, and whose hands, and whose personality mine resembles. My immediate family is not enough... I crave multigenerational knowledge and fellowship.  This story begins with grandmother Leora's death, which leaves her daughter Dolores and granddaughter Valerie with unfinished business and unanswered questions. Dolores is a war widow, who never really explored her own soul and relationship to God. Valerie is a college student, feeling the winds of change under her newly opened wings. Both of them long to know where they belong and who they are, and both are at different stages of understanding.  The tension between them is another wedge that they both resent and don't know how to remove.  Oh, this is an excellent book! A journey into the past, into tangled relationships, into Basque culture and history.  Back to their roots and into the future all at once.  And there's much worth pondering in this novel. Dee and Valerie learn lessons in such an organic, imperfect, and real way.  As Father Mike says, we all need to live with Love- the I Corinthians 13 Love, and when we see family and community we need to reach out and make them our own.  Thank you to Sydney Avey and Bookcrash for my review copy. I hope to read more of your work!
Savurbks More than 1 year ago
Set in the 1950′s, Delores (Dee) Moraga-Carter is dealing with her mother’s recent death. As a widower for years, Dee has only her daughter, Valerie, left in her life. Through clues found while going through her deceased mother’s items, Dee discovers there is more to her life than she ever imagined. Secrets, puzzles, family relationships, and tough decisions may be just what Dee needs to find out the truth about herself, including her connection to a Basque Spaniard. A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS: Though not my usual genre, I found The Sheep Walker’s Daughter to be a different type of book than I expected. A bit hard to follow (due to the first-person writing style and frequent changing of characters), the wording was creatively done. Written and published as a religious book, as a caution, this book contains curse words and suggestive material. The storyline and materials were innovative; however, this was not a book which I relished. RATING: 2.5 (out of 5) pennies *I received a complimentary copy of The Sheep Walker’s Daughter from BookCrash and HopeSprings Books for my honest review*
TWJ_Magazine More than 1 year ago
This was a lovely read, rich with detail in setting, time, and culture. The Sheep Walker’s Daughter takes place in the mid 1950s, and begins where the main character, Dolores Carter, is dealing with her mother’s death. Dolores had moved in with her mother, Leora Moraga, to take care of her years before becoming a widow, while her husband served in the military. And now she is alone, except for her daughter, Valerie, who is off on her own, traveling and pursuing post-graduate studies. Dolores and Leora had maintained a tension-filled relationship. There were things Leora would not tell her daughter concerning relatives. She never got to know her father, Alonso Moraga, a Basque Spaniard, nor was she told why he left his little family and returned to Spain. So many secrets. As she gathers her mother’s belongings, Dolores finds papers and articles that imply there is a past to her life she might want to revisit and become a part of. She begins to dig, and is satisfied with her findings. Little does she know that she doesn’t have the whole story, and that Valerie already knows much more than she does, and has published the family story in a novel in Spain. Along the way, Dolores makes some new friends and reacquaints herself with old ones. After four years of widowhood, she now has a love interest. Her life has changed in so many ways. She quits her job at the bank to return to what she loves best as a means of income: art. This novel is very well-written. The way Avey strings her words together is, at times, pure poetry. Here is an example: “His eyes catch the light and invite me in.” Some of her sentences are humorous: “He uses his straw like an Electrolux to suck the last of his soda pop from the melting ice at the bottom of his glass.” Just a word of caution: Though this is a book with a religious theme, I want to alert those who are sensitive about what they read that there are a few, what I would call, mild curse words contained in the story. Bottom line, if what I wrote above does not affect your reading, and if you like books about all kinds of relationships, wrought with secrets and family drama, you will love The Sheep Walker’s Daughter. (TWJ Magazine strives to guide readers to books of personal interest, with the understanding and respect that what appeals to some may not appeal to others. Therefore we attempt to keep our reviews focused on content, genre and style. The rating is necessary to make use of Goodreads, B&N, and Amazon. It reflects the reviewer’s own level of enjoyment, but the review is intended to be informative for the benefit of all readers.)