Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird
“From author Sarah Bird comes the compelling, hidden story of Cathy Williams, a former slave and the only woman to ever serve with the legendary Buffalo Soldiers.
Here’s the first thing you need to know about Miss Cathy Williams: I am the daughter of a daughter of a queen and my mama never let me forget it.
Though born into bondage on a “miserable tobacco farm” in Little Dixie, Missouri, Cathy Williams was never allowed to consider herself a slave. According to her mother, she was a captive, bound by her noble warrior blood to escape the enemy. Her means of deliverance is Union general Phillip Henry “Smash ‘em Up” Sheridan, the outcast of West Point who takes the rawboned, prideful young woman into service. At war’s end, having tasted freedom, Cathy refuses to return to servitude and makes the monumental decision to disguise herself as a man and join the Army’s legendary Buffalo Soldiers.
Alone now in the ultimate man’s world, Cathy must fight not only for her survival and freedom, but she vows to never give up on finding her mother, her little sister, and the love of the only man strong and noble enough to win her heart. Inspired by the stunning, true story of Private Williams, this American heroine.” ~ Description from Goodreads
Overall, this was a pretty interesting book. I love historical fictions but they are really hit or miss. Sometimes they are flat-out boring. Not this book! I was pretty entertained throughout the whole thing. This was a very well put together, easy to follow adventure. There was some humor in the dialogue and the setting was very believable for Civil War Era America.
There are just a few things that bugged my about this book:
- Why the obsession over the black Union solider that died in the wagon that she didn’t even really know? This fanatical love interest was irritating in my opinion especially since throughout this whole book Cathy Williams is a very strong, independent character. But maybe that’s just the time period? Character flaw? Trying to show a different side of our heroine? Either way I didn’t like him.
- There isn’t enough details about the Native Americans for my liking. After the Civil War and the abolition of slavery, the army moves west. This was the WHOLE second part of the book but the only thing talked about was forcing the Native Americans onto reservations to prevent the slaughtering of white settlers that are taking their land. I feel like this could have been done a little better?
- Why is Sheridan’s always marked out with ______ ??? This is an adult book…. Yeah our main character might not like cussing but just right it how he said it. How our main character would have heard it. I know I cant be the only person NOT offended by curse words. Hell…. I cuss like a sailor in real life.
The above points probably sound like I’m nit-picking… Please don’t think that!!! This was a real page turner for me and I would 100% recommend this book and I’ve given it a 4 star rating. There is some historical accuracy to America at that point in history, events, and the way people acted and talked but for the most part this is just a fictional story and a good one at that. This was unique and captivating. Cathy Williams is not a character I will be forgetting anytime soon. If you like historical fiction or Civil War Era books you should read this one. I won this book off of a Goodreads giveaway and I am very happy to have it in my collection.
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