GREAT CLEAN READ!!
The River Girl's Song (Texas Women of Spirit Vol. 1) by Angela Castillo
I just finished reading this and I have to say that I read it in a day. I had to know what was going to happen next with Zillia and her little brother Orrie. I saw where the writer had spent some time researching this time period and I believe the writer did very well. It was a fascinating story of a young woman who gets stuck with the task of caring for her baby brother right after his birth and taking care of a farm. Her father died some time ago and her mother died in childbirth. Her stepfather runs off and leaves them both there alone to fend for themselves. In a time where any little thing women did that was different, it seems that if the women of the town knew what all Zillia had to do to survive they would probably think even less of her than they already did. But with steely determination, this 16-year-old girl is determined to take care of it all. Along with the help of her friends, she is able to survive, but has to make some hard choices along the way.
5 out of 5 stars!!
Zillia Bright never dreamed she’d be orphaned at sixteen and left to care for her baby brother and Papa’s farm. With only a mule and a hundred-year-old shotgun, she must fight to protect what’s hers. Countless dangers lurk on the Bastrop Texas riverside. Zillia must rely on the help of her best friends, Soonie and Wylder, to hold her world together. With Zillia’s struggles come unexpected miracles, and proof that God might just listen to the prayers of a river girl.