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Historical Novels -Bobi Andrews

Monday, October 14, 2013



--This is as entertaining a book as I’ve ever read.  
The story itself is captivating, drawing the reader 
into the struggles,  triumphs, and tragedies of Hetty’s 
life.  She is a charming, lovable, frustrating
young woman.  My heart was touched in so many 
ways by her journey.  -- Grannylin, Richmond, TX.

--Haunting, redemptive story that never dilutes its 
strength in faddish fantasy.  Realism and grit integrate 
with deep caring for lovely things of the heart. 
--Carol Menges, Boise, Idaho

--The themes of overcoming adversity, struggling 
with mental illness, and enhancing and using a 
God-given talent, provide the reader  with not only 
enjoyment, but thoughtful reflection.  – Meg E. Lewis

--The descriptions of the characters are so vivid 
that each of them comes to life for the reader.  Hetty’s 
trusting nature and her desire to attain her goal as 
a singer are so heart-warming that the reader is
aching for her to succeed.  -- Tutor

--Really like the setting of the story.  Hetty was a very 
sheltered girl and the world just overwhelmed her.  
In today’s society, this happens. I would recommend 
this book very highly.  –Farmer’s Wife.

--I am not usually a fan of historical fiction, but 
had read one of Mrs. Andrews other books.  The prologue 
was a little airy for me (probably because I’m a guy).  
I really didn’t know if I was going to get into this one.  
Within two pages of chapter one, I was sucked in and
by the time I had to stop for dinner on page 50 I didn’t 
want to put it down.  –Louis Epstein

--In Hetty’s Song, author Barbara  Andrews tells the 
story of a young girl’s journey from sheltered backwoods 
innocence to urban womanhood in late-18th-century 
America.  The book is full of vivid characters and
evocative settings so rich in detail that it feels almost 
as though the author is giving us an eyewitness account. 
– GayCee

--Ms.  Andrews develops the ideas of human frailty, 
courage, and self fulfillment through believable, well 
defined characters whose choices and motives drive the 
storyline.  Her vibrant descriptions of rural Virginia and
the cities of Cincinnati and Omaha add authenticity to the
story, and her use of imagery, particularly the evil skylark, 
enriches the reader’s understanding of Hetty’s struggles.   
This is an engrossing, fast-paced book which engages the
reader throughout.  I highly recommend it.  –thosmw

*Representative Amazon reviews.  October, 2013

Plain, in gray homespun and prayer cap, gifted teenaged Hetty has one desire in life. To sing. But the Brethren tradition in the mountain village of Singer’s Glen, Virginia, forbids a girl to perform in public.

Tragedy forces Hetty to live with her austere grandmother until catastrophe pushes her to run away and seek shelter with an eclectic group of Christian ladies living in a former Madam’s house in Ohio. Under the tutelage of a noted maestro she becomes a famous singer, the new Nightingale of Cincinnati.

Naïve and vulnerable to the ways of the world, Hetty fears the curse of an ancient evil skylark which is ever present, ever threatening to send her into a spiral of illness and disorder.  She falls under the spell of a man, finds herself pregnant, and at his mercy. She must decide whether to marry this man, the father of her unborn child.

The skylark sings as her tormentor cruelly forces her into his life of lies, gambling, and crime. At the breaking point, to avoid succumbing to his evil, she fights with her one last weapon:  she wills her voice to silence. Will the skylark’s curse triumph or will she be the greatest singer to come from the Shenandoah Mountains?

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