The Whispering of the Willows – Book 1

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In Book One of the Big Creek Appalachian Series, Mr. Ashby has come home from WW I in a wheelchair, a bitter man.

Emie’s life is certainly not a royal experience, living through the 1920s, with her desperately poor mother and father and many siblings raising pigs in an Appalachian holler.

Friends and foes accompany her through a year of discovery, learning what sets women apart from their male companions.

A Five-Star Readers’ Favorite, The Whispering of the Willows is an American Gothic novel, redemptive in surprising ways, a story that exemplifies how a few Christian people may accomplish great things together in a setting full of superstition, poverty, and abuse.

Follow up this epic story with The Melody of the Mulberries, Book Two of the Big Creek Series with the Ashby Children!


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Weight 1.2 oz
Dimensions 9 × .72 × 6 in

2 reviews for The Whispering of the Willows – Book 1

  1. yourprotagonist

    Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers’ Favorite

    The Whispering of the Willows by Tonya Jewel Blessing is a southern fiction, religious themed story that would appeal most to a mixed audience of adults and mature young adults who enjoy Appalachian drama fiction and can handle a rape scene. The story takes place in Big Creek West Virginia in the 1920s and follows Emerald Ashby and her family as they navigate life in their poor household, with a father with a mean temper and no mercy. Emerald Ashby’s life growing up was far from happy, as her father was very willing to whip her with a switch any time she so much as nicked him when she shaved his face. However, young Emerald’s life took a turn for the worse when she is traded into a marriage against her will for financial gain. Will the struggle for freedom make Emerald stronger or will it break her spirit?

    The Whispering of the Willows by Tonya Jewel Blessing had a very melancholy beginning in how the book opened with Emerald facing punishment from her father and hiding in fear of it. As the plot continued, the tone of it began to change as Emerald faced being traded into a marriage. This might have seemed horrible to Emerald, but it was also a defining moment for her that allowed her to find her inner strength. The author was clearly in her element as she created wonderfully developed characters with their own unique thoughts and personalities. I found the ending to be different from what I was expecting, but I found that ultimately it was the perfect ending for this book!

  2. Kathy Joy

    Travel into the wilds and backwoods of Appalachia as this work of fiction transports you into an all-too-real world of poverty, abuse and survival. The characters will pull on your heart and the thread of Redemption running through it will infuse hope into your own story. It’s a Page Turner!

    • yourprotagonist

      Thank you, Kathy Joy.

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