Ellis River

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Pub Date 15 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 01 Nov 2022
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The Civil War scattered her family and now, along with her beloved horse, a young woman must travel across a war-torn country to collect what’s left of her life.

For fifteen-year-old Ellis Cady, life has gone quiet on her western Tennessee homestead. Her father and older brother left to sell horses to the army two years earlier and never returned. She watched her mother’s health decline, finally succumbing to a broken heart. Her twin brother left in search of their father, and while he was gone neighbors moved out of their Quaker community, searching for peace ahead of the final sweep of war.

Ellis is left with nothing but the company of the remaining horses and the letters and journals she continues to write, trying to make sense of a desolate world. A small band of soldiers rides through to claim the last of the herd, and hope for the return of life as she knew it, evaporates like the mist on the river.

When the head-strong mare, Billie, returns, having escaped from the soldiers, Ellis takes it as a sign to leave. Disguised as a boy, for safety and comfort, she rides off to find her twin. Though war refuses to fade, Ellis stumbles upon an unlikely group of rescuers who teach her family is more than blood, and love has no limits.

The Civil War scattered her family and now, along with her beloved horse, a young woman must travel across a war-torn country to collect what’s left of her life.

For fifteen-year-old Ellis Cady, life...

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Some fine writing going in this wonderful book! Loved every minute of it.
Especially Billie! She was one smart horse and pretty too! I'm guessing that's who is on the cover of the book.
I've met lots of wonderful characters in here and I loved Libby and her free spirit. Wish I could be like that. She's truly a good friend to Ellis. My heart really went out to this character. I definitely connected with her.
I love to write in my journal too. I think it's a woman thing but it really does help to get your thoughts out.
Yes this book is slow paced but I loved anyway. A good way to slow your mind down and absorb what all is going on in this book. It was a wonderful adventure!
I highly recommend it.
My thanks for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
5 stars for a job well done!

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I absolutely loved it! Nicki is an artist of words. The characters became my family and the trail my home. Your story pulled me in, investing my mind and heart in Ellis, while keeping me on the edge of my seat as she went from the frying pan into the fire. This story has action, grit, hope and perseverance. It's refreshing to read a book that doesn't use foul language, over the top gore, or explicit romance, I look forward to the sequel.

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Oh, my, what a good story! Adventure, a bit of suspense and a great story line. Ms. Erlich tells the tale of Ellis who suffers loss and horror from the Civil War as well as friendship. This was a book I didn’t want to put down. I look forward to a sequel!

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