Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird

Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen

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...

Details Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen

TitleDaughter of a Daughter of a Queen
Release DateSep 4th, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Military History, Civil War

Reviews Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    5 brave stars to Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen! 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 Happy Publication Day to this beauty! Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen is historical fiction at its finest and is firmly on my Favorites Shelf!My Thoughts:I wavered back and forth between four and five stars for this gem, and the more I thought about it, I felt five stars fits. The deciding factor that pushed it over the edge: based on the true story of Cathy Williams, ...
  • Erin
    This book isn't set to be published until September, but I just couldn't wait any longer to crack open its pages. Well, it didn't disappoint Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War and then later, the involvement of the Union Army in the settling of the West, this historical fiction is absolutely spellbinding. The action in this story begins right away as Cathy is taken from her plantation by Philip Sheridan of the Union Army and re...
  • Katie B
    3.5 starsI'm glad I read this historical fiction book about Cathay Williams, a former slave who was the only woman to serve with the Buffalo Soldiers. It's a story worth telling as this remarkable woman doesn't deserve to have her life just forgotten and barely a footnote in this country's history. As with all historical fiction there is a mix of facts, and things that might have some truth to them but are more a product of the author's creativit...
  • Dorie ** Traveling Sister**
    You all have read the blurb by now and know that this is historical fiction about an African American woman who served in the Union Army. There are many reviews out there so I won’t go over the plot of the story.What I liked about the book was the fact that it brought this interesting woman to light and also discussed how the Union army, after burning and pillaging southern plantations, considered some of the freed slaves as “contraband” an...
  • Bookworm
    All I can say is WOW! What a fascinating and fantastical tale!! Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen tells the gripping story of Cathy Williams, a former slave who works under General Sheridan as a cook’s helper towards the end of the civil war, and then once the civil war ends, serves in the US Army for 2 years disguised as a man. I was blown away by her strength and determination.The story is well written and the plot moves along at a good speed...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    I was thrilled to get the chance to read DAUGHTER OF A DAUGHTER OF A QUEEN. I was also amazed when I first heard about the book that it's based on a real story. Isn't it just amazing to learn that a former slave, a young girl served with the legendary Buffalo Soldiers? Part of the story that really captured my interested was Cathy's African inheritance. The knowledge past down from her grandmother to her mother and finally to Cathy. As she Cathy ...
  • Bam
    This is a fictionalized account of Cathy Williams, a young slave woman who was taken as 'contraband' by General Philip H. Sheridan during the Civil War, traveled with his army working as a cook, and then disguised herself as a man to join the Buffalo Soldiers after the war, where she served for two years (1866-1868). Cathy always claims to be the daughter of a daughter of an African queen, one of the Amazons, and as such, I think I would have lik...
  • Christie«SHBBblogger»
    Title: Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen Series: StandaloneAuthor: Sarah BirdRelease date: September 4, 2018Cliffhanger: NoIt's fair to say that I have very mixed feelings about this book. The synopsis on goodreads had me so excited to read about the first woman to ever serve in the US army. I'm all in when it comes to historical fiction that educates on real courageous women who don't get the recognition they deserve. As I read, I occasionally ...
  • Sharon Huether
    An amazing story of a womans courage, determination and fortitude. She, Cathy Williams joined up with the Buffalo Soldiers after the end of the Civil War 1866-1868. She fooled all the men for two years, except the men she was in love with..At different times. One was killed and the other one crossed the Rio Grand into Mexico where he was safe from the U.S.ArmyJust before she was to make her escape her deception was found out.In the night she got ...
  • Karen
    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. “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." Based on a real historical figure. I liked this book, it did get a bit drawn out but overall a very readable story.3.25 - 3.5 stars
  • Patrice Hoffman
    I took my time reading Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen. I wanted to make sure I didn't miss this harrowing tale of a former slave woman posing as male in the army. It's women like Cathay Williams that have paved the way without recognition (or even belief), but more on that later.We're introduced to the narrator Cathay Williams as she explains that she wants to tell her story to a reporter and hopes that he gets it right. She wants us to know t...
  • Rachel
    I admit, aside from having to memorize and perform Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in junior year English class (for which I got an A), I know almost nothing about the American Civil War. It’s always been a point of interest though, so when I got an email asking if I’d want to read an advanced copy of a book set at the tail-end of the civil war featuring a woman, a freed slave, who disguised herself as a man to join the army, I immedia...
  • Sherry Sharpnack
    If anyone has noticed how long it has taken me to read this book or noticed that I wasn’t reading another at the same time, don’t worry. I had a couple of other things going on: a) I injured my left cornea so couldn’t read for a few days (ugh!); and b) I felt the need last week for something comfortable and familiar, so I re-read the entire “Harry Potter” series. Since I do this probably at least yearly, I didn’t count last week’s r...
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    Cathy Williams was born into slavery on a farm in Missouri, though her mama explained to her they were not slaves, they were captives with royal blood from her warrior grandmother of Africa.During the Civil War, Union general Sheridan comes to the farm to free the slaves and take every scrap of food left.  He mistakes Cathy for a man and enlists her to come to his camp to help cook.While mourning the separation from her mama and sister, Cathy so...
  • Literary Soirée
    DAUGHTER OF A DAUGHTER OF A QUEEN is a totally absorbing fictionalized account of the life of Cathy Williams, a former slave and the only woman to ever serve with the legendary Buffalo Soldiers. Born on a tobacco farm in Missouri, she was later commandeered into service by Union general Phillip Henry Sheridan. Once the Civil War ended, she disguised herself as a man to serve as a Buffalo soldier in the army, rather than endure a life of servitude...
  • Tammy
    Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen is a page turning work of historical fiction! Cathy Williams was the daughter of a daughter of an African Queen sold into slavery. Cathy was taken from a plantation by a Yankee general to be an assistant to his cook. After the war granted freedom to slaves, Cathy then enlisted in the Army as a man and became the first and only female to enlist as a Buffalo Soldier. I was captivated by all the obstacles that she h...
  • Stephanie
    General Sheridan and his soldiers were burning everything in sight and took Cathy Williams-a slave-off a plantation as contraband to be an assistant to the generals cook. After the war is over she enlists in the Union Army disguised as a man with the Buffalo Soldiers.I’ve always wondered how the Union Army was able to recruit/convince ex-slaves-right after the civil war- to become Buffalo Soldiers knowing what they were going to do to the India...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    Although historical fiction usually leaves me cold and fictionalized biographies even colder, I chose this book because of my respect for its author. And was rewarded. Cathy Williams relates her own story in first person with eloquence and wit. Her story begins on the day she is liberated from the hardscrabble tobacco farm she's lived at her entire life, taken as "contraband" by Philip "Tear it up" Sheridan as assistant for his cook. Life under s...
  • Sharon Huether
    An amazing story of a woman who showed courage, determination and fortitude.She, Cathy Williams joined up with the Buffalo Soldiers after the end of the civil war (1866- 1868 ). She fooled all the men for two years, except the men she was in love with..at different times. One was killed and the other one crossed the Rio Grand into Mexico where he was safe for the U.S.Army.Just before she was to make her escape, her deception was found out. In the...
  • Pamela Sparkman
    I wanted to love this book. I had such high hopes for it, especially after reading and loving The Indigo Girl last year. You can read my review here as it will, I think, help explain what my issues were with this book. Don't misunderstand me, I am not trying to compare the two--they are not at all the same stories. But what is comparable about them is that they are both about strong women in our nation's past and being successful at it was so unb...
  • Sophia
    A woman born a slave, but the granddaughter of an African Queen, freed by the Union Army, and ends up pretending to be male so she can join the Buffalo Soldiers and go west to fight the Plains tribes. It was well-nigh irresistible when it turns out to be based on the true life woman, Cathy Williams, who was the first to serve in the US Army as a female Buffalo Soldier.The story starts with the home where Cathy is a slave invaded by General Sherid...
  • Donna Hines
    Cathy Williams wouldn't take no for an answer. She wanted to be more , to have more, to do more and so she did.Previously a slave, she disguised herself as a man and enlisted with the Buffalo Soldiers.A story of love, courage, bravery, and tenacity during the American Civil War and later when the Union Army settled in the West.Cathy is taken from the plantation by Sheridan recruited to work as the cook's assistant.She disguises herself as a man a...
  • Kim Cabrera
    If you love historical fiction, you will absolutely love this book. It tells the tale of Cathy Williams, who was the only woman documented to have served in the U.S. Army with the Buffalo Soldiers. She hid her identity and served two years before she was found out. She was a real person and she really did this, but the novel is fiction based on her story. Still, it’s a wonderfully fascinating tale of a very courageous and bold woman. Her grandm...
  • Crystal
    Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This book troubled me from nearly the beginning. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it.it but I could feel there was something wrong. I gradually came to realize that the problem lay in how the people of color were portrayed in the book. Not only were the voices problematic but they were written in cliche.You know what this reminded me of? Gone with the Wind. T...
  • Heather
    Oh my, this book is engaging and wonderful. So true to what happened to the slaves after the civil war ended. The North did not truly care what happened to the slaves. Most of them did not care one bit for the Africans any more then the Southerns did. The Northerns were just following orders and refuse to let the South leave the Union. Once the civil war was over there was nothing for the slaves. They were just kicked off the only home they had e...
  • Jennifer
    This is really a 2.5 out of 5 star read for me, but I rounded up just because I loved the story. Cathy Williams is a slave when General Sheridan of Union forces frees her and takes her on to be an assistant cook during the Civil War. When the Civil War ends, Cathy decides to disguise herself as a man and join the U.S. Army, believing this to be her best opportunity to leave the South and truly be free. Based on a real woman, this historical ficti...
  • Tonstant Weader
    Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen is a historical novel imagining the life of Cathy Williams, the African-American who served as a buffalo soldier after the Civil War. Taking the known facts of Williams’ life, Sarah Bird imagines how she came to have such extraordinary courage and grit.The story begins with the plantation where Cathy works as a slave, along with her mother and sister. She thinks herself apart from the rest of the slaves because...
  • Lynne
    A very interesting story about a former slave who joins the army. She undergoes so much lifelong abuse for the sake of following her passion. Many, many interesting scenes and situations. Well written to the point of losing yourself in the story rather than looking for disbeliefs. Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC.
  • KayG
    This is a remarkable work of historical fiction based on the life of Cathy Williams. She began her life as a slave, but was endowed with a proud knowledge of her African ancestors. She experienced the Civil War as a Union Army cook. After the war she hid her gender and became a member of the Buffalo Soldiers, an all black regiment who worked in the West. That story in itself is fascinating, but the details are riveting; I’ll not spoil them for ...