Olivia Hawker – One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow

From the bestselling author of The Ragged Edge of Night comes a powerful and poetic novel of survival and sacrifice on the American frontier.

Wyoming, 1876. For as long as they have lived on the frontier, the Bemis and Webber families have relied on each other. With no other settlers for miles, it is a matter of survival. But when Ernest Bemis finds his wife, Cora, in a compromising situation with their neighbor, he doesnt think of survival. In one impulsive moment, a man is dead, Ernest is off to prison, and the women left behind are divided by rage and remorse.

Losing her husband to Coras indiscretion is another hardship for stoic Nettie Mae. But as a brutal Wyoming winter bears down, Cora and Nettie Mae have no choice but to come together as one family – to share the duties of working the land and raising their children. Theres Nettie Maes son, Clyde – no longer a boy, but not yet a man – who must navigate the road to adulthood without a father to guide him, and Coras daughter, Beulah, who is as wild and untamable as her prairie home.

Bound by the uncommon threads in their lives and the challenges that lie ahead, Cora and Nettie Mae begin to forge an unexpected sisterhood. But when a love blossoms between Clyde and Beulah, bonds are once again tested, and these two resilient women must finally decide whether they can learn to trust each other – or else risk losing everything they hold dear.

Author: Olivia Hawker
Narrator: Jackie Zebrowski
Duration: 19 hours 2 minutes
Released: 19 Aug 2010
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Language: English

User Review:

comma flowering

A shot sounds and in an instant two neighbors lose their husbands; only Clyde, a man of sixteen, is left to take care of the mens work. The prairie is cold and unforgiving for those unprepared for winter. Cora must put aside her guilt and beg for mercy from her neighbor for surely her children wouldnt survive the winter. A story of sin, hurt, anger and forgiveness.