The Trials of Nellie Belle

The Trials of Nellie Belle

by Sydney Avey

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"The most wonderful and amazing thing for me about The Trials of Nellie Belle is that it was written by Nellie’s great granddaughter. Sydney Avey calls into vivid existence someone she has never met." – Caitlin Hicks, author of A Theory of Expanded LoveThere is power in justice and forgiveness.When her parents marry off Kansas-born Nellie Belle to the ranch foreman, she never questions that motherhood will follow. But at the dawn of the progressive era, dissatisfied Nellie seizes an opportunity to move west and start a new life. Yearning to find a sense of self-worth, Nellie leaves behind her husband and son and takes her two daughters to the Northwest. She charges forward to become the first woman court reporter to travel the circuit in the region.In small-town makeshift courtrooms and growing cities boasting new halls of justice, Nellie's strength touches many lives: independent-minded lawmen, enterprising women, hard-working immigrants, and a number of cads. But when her prodigal youngest returns home with a babe in arms, Nellie must do what she can to pull together the remains of her scattered family."This is truly a couldn't-put-it-down character driven narrative that is authentic and riveting. Historical fiction is my favorite genre, and this fully captures why I love the genre." – Cheryl, Goodreads"“If you like inspirational stories of strong women, you will love Sydney Avey's latest novel....She mixes fact and fiction with just the right amount of historical details for an entertaining read.” – Teresa, GoodreadsEnjoy the beauty of a story by Sydney AveyThe Sheep Walker's DaughterThe Lyre and the LambsThe Trials of Nellie BelleThis historical novel is rich with details of the times, including court cases where Nellie encounters colorful characters whose testimony she transcribes. – Caitlin, GoodreadsThe most wonderful and amazing thing for me about The Trials of Nellie Belle is that it was written by Nellie’s great granddaughter. Sydney Avey calls into vivid existence someone she has never met. – Caitlin Hicks, author of A theory of expanded loveI seldom post reviews but this is truly a couldn't-put-it-down character driven narrative that is authentic and riveting. Historical fiction is my favorite genre, and this fully captures why I love the genre. – Cheryl, GoodreadsIf you like inspirational stories of strong women, you will love Sydney Avey's latest novel based on the life of her own great grandmother. She mixes fact and fiction with just the right amount of historical details for an entertaining read. – Teresa, Goodreads

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611532470
Publisher: Light Messages Publishing
Publication date: 02/06/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 254
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Sydney Avey writes about ordinary people who muster faith and courage to step over uncertainty and continue the journey. Her novels invite compassion for the stumbles of the past and offer hope for the future, if only a glimmer.Sydney Avey is the author of The Sheep Walker’s Daughter,The Lyre and the Lambs and The Trials of Nellie Belle, in which she tells the story of the great grandmother she never knew. Reputed to be the first female court reporter in the Pacific Northwest, she left a legacy of short stories about life in the West during the progressive era, where justice was swift and common sense overruled.Avey’s poetry, short stories and articles have appeared in Foliate Oak, Forge, American Athenaeum, Unstrung, Blue Guitar Magazine, Ruminate and MTL Magazine. She has a degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley and has studied at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival as well as many other conferences and seminars.Fans describe her writing as having ”an artist’s gift for using strong visual language, and a counselor’s gift for describing the conditions of her characters’ hearts,” with an “impeccable grasp of structure, pacing and character development” that “paint(s) a lovely word picture.”Avey has an artist’s gift for using strong visual language, and a counselor’s gift for describing the conditions of her characters’ hearts. – Jan, goodreadsI found Avey’s descriptions delightful and not contrived – clear, real, and vivid – Susan, GoodreadsSydney Avey’s impeccable grasp of structure, pacing and character development is what separates The Sheep Walker’s Daughter from the average debut novel. – Calder Lowe, GoodreadsThe 60's were a time of change in America . Sydney Avery is able to capture that change and spill it out onto the pages of her novel. – Karen, GoodreadsIt left me satisfied with a good wrap up. I hope to see more work from Sydney Avey – Heather, GoodreadsI thoroughly enjoy this author’s use of colorful and descriptive language.- Shari, GoodreadsI found myself rereading passages just to hear the way the words blended together to paint a wonderful word picture. Sydney Avey has a real gift for creating such wonderful imagery with her words. Avey is gifted in her ability to take many plot lines and weave them together into a wonderful story. – Shari, GoodreadsSeries - It was a fascinating book and I was sorry to finish it. However the story continues into the 1960's in The Lyre And The Lambs - so pick up both books, and settle down for a nostalgic read! – Julia, Goodreads I highly recommend these novels.- The Rt. Rev. Douglas B. Weiss

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