TLC Book Tours: One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow (GIVEAWAY!!)

About One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow

Hardcover: 496 Pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (October 8, 2019)
From the bestselling author of The Ragged Edge of Night comes a powerful and poetic novel of survival and sacrifice on the American frontier.
Wyoming, 1876. For as long as they have lived on the frontier, the Bemis and Webber families have relied on each other. With no other settlers for miles, it is a matter of survival. But when Ernest Bemis finds his wife, Cora, in a compromising situation with their neighbor, he doesn’t think of survival. In one impulsive moment, a man is dead, Ernest is off to prison, and the women left behind are divided by rage and remorse.
Losing her husband to Cora’s indiscretion is another hardship for stoic Nettie Mae. But as a brutal Wyoming winter bears down, Cora and Nettie Mae have no choice but to come together as one family—to share the duties of working the land and raising their children. There’s Nettie Mae’s son, Clyde—no longer a boy, but not yet a man—who must navigate the road to adulthood without a father to guide him, and Cora’s daughter, Beulah, who is as wild and untamable as her prairie home.
Bound by the uncommon threads in their lives and the challenges that lie ahead, Cora and Nettie Mae begin to forge an unexpected sisterhood. But when a love blossoms between Clyde and Beulah, bonds are once again tested, and these two resilient women must finally decide whether they can learn to trust each other—or else risk losing everything they hold dear.

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  This isn't a typical book pick for me. Honestly, what made me interested in reading it was that one of my best friends grew up in Wyoming and I've read so few books set there, particularly historical fiction books set there. What I enjoyed about this book was the writing--vividly descriptive and poetic. Her descriptive writing really made me feel like I was there, immersed in a completely different existence than what we have today.  The amount of work it took for them just to survive is certainly something we take for granted in our society today. This is a slower paced read, but the beautiful writing pulls you into the story. I read this one in a few long sittings because the writing flowed so well it was hard to put the book down!

 The characters are also what kept me interested in this book.  I loved Cora, Nettie Mae, and Beulah,but I especially liked Clyde. This book is about family, friendship, love, survival, and sacrifice. Nettie Mae and Cora had to set aside their differences and issues and come together to survive. If you're looking for a book to savor and a book that immerses you in a different time and place, this book is the one.

About Olivia Hawker

Through unexpected characters and vivid prose, Olivia Hawker explores the varied landscape of the human spirit. Olivia’s interest in geneal­ogy often informs her writing: her two novels, The Ragged Edge of Night and One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow, are based on true stories found within her own family tree. She lives in the San Juan Islands of Washington State, where she homesteads at Longlight, a one-acre microfarm dedicated to sustainable permaculture practices. For more information, visit

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  1. This isn't really my normal go-to read but so many are talking about how great it is that I feel like I need to just jump into it. Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours

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