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Sunday, July 5, 2015

River Girl's Song by Angels Castillo

I was given a copy of this book for an honest review

Zillia is a young girl that has lost her papa and now lives withheld mom and stepfather. Her mother is a sweet , kind and gentle soul who is about to give birth. Jeb, the stepfather is a mean, uncaring, selfish man who drinks more than he should. He treats his wife with little respect and at times hits her with no remorse .

Zillia finds herself alone the day her mother goes into labor. She tries the best she can to help her mother and tells her stepfather to go fetch the doctor. Zillia senses that things are not right as her mother struggles to deliver the baby. On that fateful day, Zillia gains a brother but tragically loses her mother. She feels all alone and a fierce protection comes over her for the baby she now calls Orrie.

One morning as she gets up , she notices to her disbelieve that Jeb has taken everything from the house and disappeared. With strength and determination, Zillia vows to her little brother that he will always have her to care for him. Can she do this on her own? What lengths will Zillia have to endure to run a farm and take care of a child at the tender age of sixteen?

The story is beautifully written with characters that touch you and bring tears to your eyes. The author has given us a strong , but vulnerable character in Zillia. There are times that she is not sure she can survive, but with help from the town and a special person she soon realizes she can make things better for her brother and herself.

I loved the beautiful story that was rich in history and gave us a glimpse into the Native Americans. It shares the hardship of a young woman who finds hope and friendship with people she thought would not help her. Will she be able to raise Orrie? Will the harsh land and work on the farm be to much for her? This story is an inspiration to those who struggle and gives the readers a beautiful story of a young woman who you will see overcome obstacles and grow stronger. It reminds me of the verse in the bible that says, "He will never give you more than you can handle ."  )

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