A whistling woman and a crowing hen never come to a very good end.
In the waning years of the 19th century, Bessie Daniels grows up in the small town of Hot Springs in western North Carolina. Secure in the love of her father, bothered with her mother’s desire that she be a proper Southern belle, Bessie’s determined to forge her own way in life. Or, as her Cherokee great-grandmother, Elisi, puts it, a whistling woman.
Life, however, has a few surprises for her. First, there’s Papa carrying home a dead man, which seems to invite Death for an extended visit in their home. And shortly before she graduates from Dorland Institute, there’s another death, this one closer to her heart. But Death isn’t through with her yet. Proving another of Elisi’s sayings, death comes in threes, It strikes yet again, taking someone Bessie has recently learned to appreciate and cherish, leaving her to struggle with a family that’s threatening to come apart at the seams.
Even her beloved Papa seems to be turning into another person, someone Bessie disagrees with more often than not, and someone she isn’t even sure she can continue to love, much less idolize as she had during her childhood.
And when Papa makes a decision that costs the life of a new friend, the course of Bessie’s heart is changed forever.
CC Tillery is the pseudonym of two sisters, both authors who came together to write the story of their great aunt Bessie in Whistling Woman. Tillery is their maiden name and the C’s stand for their first initials.
One C is Cyndi Tillery Hodges. Cyndi writes under the pseudonym of Caitlyn Hunter. She is the author of the Eternal Shadows series and Winds of Fate, all paranormal romances based on Cherokee legends. She has also written several contemporary romance short stories and a fantasy novella. To find out more about her work, visit her website, http://caitlynhunter.com.
The other C is Christy Tillery French. Christy is a multi-published, award winning writer who writes suspense and thrillers. She is the author of The Bodyguard series and four stand-alone suspense novels. To find out more about her work, visit her website, http://christytilleryfrench.com.
To find out more about Whistling Woman and the people it is based on, visit http://whistlingwoman.wordpress.com/.