Historical Fiction, Review

The Sacred Writings by April W. Gardner

If you love stories by Lori Benton or Laura Frantz, you need to read the Creek Country Saga, including book 2, The Sacred Writings by April W. Gardner!

about the book

The Sacred Writings by April W. Gardner

The Sacred Writings by April W. GardnerBig Warrior Totka Hadjo enters his toughest battles yet—the fight for love, the invasion of fear, and the inescapable ashes of each.

The war has ended, and now, Totka Hadjo must endure eleven moons and twenty-six sleeps without his beloved Copper Woman. But he has a two-fold task to keep him occupied: establish a lodge deserving of her and challenge her Jesus Creator to a vision, to prove his existence.

Totka leaves the white settlements with Copper Woman’s holy book, an object with medicine strong enough to keep at bay the hounding ghosts of his unavenged ancestors. But the sacred writings cannot restrain the Bluecoat who has returned from the dead, the one who first owned her heart. From the far reaches of the Muscogee Confederacy, Totka is powerless to stop the onslaught of events that conspires to take his beloved from him forever.

Leaping Waters, Totka’s old passion, is a constant presence he cannot escape, but she might be able to unlock the spiritual mysteries found in the holy book’s talking leaves. While he wades through the confusing symbols, the Choctaws, his ancient enemy, are determined to seize prime Muscogee hunting lands. In the process, they aggravate wounds that might never heal and expose him to a truth too bitter to swallow.

Denial and revenge go down much easier.

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my thoughts

I can’t express how completely fascinated I am with this story. Give me a moment here… squeezing words out of feelings #swoof woowee, y’all!

What most resonated with me is the respectful and thoughtful attention to detail in regards to the Muscogee culture and customs. From stickball to family structure to spiritual beliefs and everything in between, the whole package provided a sense of complete immersion in an unfamiliar way of life and turbulent time.

Totka is a warrior, leader, and beloved brother. He is respected, witty, passionate, loyal, and robust. Unfortunately, nothing in Totka’s life is turning out how he expects and it seems the only thing around each bend is another twist or turn in his path. There certainly isn’t anything boring or predictable about this storyline.

I’d go on but I’m terrified I’ll accidently drop a spoiler and I don’t want to do that! I highly recommend this saga, it has a special place in my reader heart.

I received a copy of this book from the author. The opinions expressed are my own.


about the author

April W. GardnerA military spouse, April has performed the art of homemaking all over the world. Currently, she lives in Georgia with her two children, and USAF spouse. She is unashamedly a child of the King. In her free time, April enjoys reading, organizing, and DIY. In no particular order, she dreams of owning a horse, visiting all the national parks, and speaking Italian.

After a year gaining experience as content editor with Clean Reads, April is now a freelance editor, certified through the University of California, San Diego. As a way to give back to the writing community and to promote Christian fiction, April founded and runs the literary contest site, Clash of the Titles.

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Creek Country Saga

The Red Feather by April Gardner The Sacred Writings by April W. Gardner The Ebony Cloak by April W. Gardner
Bitter Eyes No More by April W. Gardner Love the War Woman by April W. Gardner


I am loving the Creek Country Saga!!!
Be sure to add The Sacred Writings by April W. Gardner to your tbr!

12 thoughts on “The Sacred Writings by April W. Gardner”

  1. Thanks for the review, Beth! It makes me smile that the Native elements resonate so well with you. 🙂 You’re right that this culture and time period are foreign to us, to far too many of us! Americans should know this stuff! I sat down yesterday to start working on the next in the series. The last two books deviated from a strongly Native theme, but I’m diving back in with Tall Bull and Mink, and I’m so excited I’m giddy! LOL Thanks again for your kind thoughts and for helping me get the word out about the series!


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