One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow by Olivia Hawker

One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow

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, 1870. 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...


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TitleOne for the Blackbird, One for the Crow
Author
Release DateOct 8th, 2019
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Westerns, Literary Fiction
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Reviews One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow

  • Berit☀️✨
    1970-01-01
    Olivia Hawker’s descriptive storytelling Whisked me away to 1870s Wyoming. Gritty and raw this is a tale about resilience, acceptance, and forgiveness. Two families living on the Wyoming Prairie with their nearest neighbors over 20 miles away. When the husband of one family and the wife of another are caught in a compromising position. One man is killed and the other man is sent to jail, leaving the women Cora and Nettie Mae to pick up the piec...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    1970-01-01
    I’ve always loved historical fiction set in the pioneering western US. One for the Blackbird is set in Wyoming in 1870.The Bemis and Webber families rely on each other for survival. There’s no one else around, so they need each other. Ernest finds his wife, Cora, cheating with their neighbor, and now, Ernest is in prison with the two women left to survive on their own.Of course, Cora and Nettie Mae have unsettled feelings between them, but wh...
  • Tammy
    1970-01-01
    One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow is a captivating western family saga that begins with betrayal and heartache, and ends with forgiveness and a sisterly friendship. Set in the 1870 eastern Wyoming prairie in the shadow of the Bighorn Mountains, two families with adjoining homesteads, the nearest town or neighbor twenty miles away, are broken and left without the leadership of their men when one catches his wife and neighbor in a compromisin...
  • Penny
    1970-01-01
    One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow is a book about loss and survival in the vast expanse of Wyoming. Two families, the Bemises and the Webbers, have settled on land adjacent to each other miles from anywhere or anyone else. In the opening chapter we discover that the Mrs Bemis has had an affair with Mr Webber and is discovered by her husband who promptly murders Mr Webber. The story however does not dwell so much on this act but on what happ...
  • Tammy
    1970-01-01
    One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow is a lyrically written story of 1870's Wyoming and the hardships of two tragically connected families. This is a story of healing and hope. Olivia Hawker's beautiful writing is a story to be savored!
  • Karren Sandercock
    1970-01-01
    Thanks so much to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and Olivia Hawker for giving me the opportunity to read her new book One For The Blackbird, One For The Crow. I read her previous book, The Ragged Edge Of Night and I loved it.Wyoming prairie in 1876, two isolated farming families live next door to each other and one night all hell breaks loose. When Ernest Bemis discovers his wife Cora and his neighbor Substance Webber cheating! The meek mild Er...
  • Karren Sandercock
    1970-01-01
    Thanks so much to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and Olivia Hawker for giving me the opportunity to read her new book: One For The Blackbird, One For The Crow. I have read her previous book, The Ragged Edge Of Night and I loved it.Wyoming prairie in 1876, two isolated farming families live next door to each other and one night all hell breaks loose. When Ernest Bemis discovers his wife Cora and his neighbor Substance Webber cheating! The meek m...
  • Debra
    1970-01-01
    It has been a long time since I have read a book that captivated me as much as this one. Every word was poetry and every page made me want to hurry and get to the next one, yet, I had to savor each one I was on.This is a book about sin, and redemption and wounds and healing and love and an awareness of everything under the sun. Simple people, broken dreams and the beauty of the world around and its healing touch.Read this book.
  • Janette Mcmahon
    1970-01-01
    Hawker has a powerful book of friendships that come out of necessity and the hardships of living in a remote area of the country. This novel had more than one interesting theme carrying the reader on the winds that rushed through these pages; female friendship, loneliness, parenting, and even a bit of other-worldliness. Highly recommend to readers of Sharon McCrumb's books set in Appalachia and Western women's fiction.
  • Betül
    1970-01-01
    **ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**It took me time to really get into the story because of the slow pace and length of the book. But I eventually didn't mind it that much when I was further into the story. The multiple POVs (Beulah, Clyde, Cora, and Nettie Mae) were great because it showed different perspectives and made it easie **ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**It took me time to really g...
  • Ashley
    1970-01-01
    By far my favorite read of 2019. Swoon.
  • Nursebookie
    1970-01-01
    I LOVED THIS BOOK! Everybody, this is a must read!! Hawker is an incredible storyteller and in this entanglement of words have created this literary masterpiece. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Wyoming, 1876. The Bemis (Ernest/Cora and daughter Beulah) and Webber (Substance/Nettie Mae and son Clyde) have relied on each other for survival. But when Ernest Bemis finds his wife, Cora with Substance, Ernest kills him. While Ernest is in prison, the women left behind,...
  • Sue
    1970-01-01
    This novel takes place in Wyoming in 1870. There are few settlers and the Bemis and Weber families are neighbors - within walking distance - but their closest neighbors are 20 miles away. It's a long way to a small town and the families have to rely on themselves during the long days and the longer winters. The author's writing is so descriptive that I felt like I was with these families on the prairie with no one around for miles, working non- s...
  • Louetta Waters
    1970-01-01
    This book...wow. I have so many words, so much I am feeling for this book...it was so wonderful. The writhing... so beautiful and lyrical and wise. I loved this story of pain, love, struggle and hate, understanding, forgiveness, joy, nature and seasons and of life and death. Olivia Hawker has taken all this and more, and evolved it into the story of two women, their men gone, reluctantly bringing their families together to survive the beautiful w...
  • Karen Kay
    1970-01-01
    I received this from Netgalley.com for a review. Wyoming, 1870. For as long as they have lived on the frontier, the Bemis and Webber families have relied on each other. Two women learning how to live together, keep their children safe and coping with a harsh environment. Densely packed read, good story.3.25☆
  • ROBIN RUIZ
    1970-01-01
    This book was written so beautifully. The author makes you feel you are part of the landscape. That you are planting and harvesting the land yourself. Told from four different points of view, all different people with different circumstances but yet tied together by one tragic event and all trying to survive the brutal wilderness winter .Clyde and Beulah are teenagers when the tragedy strikes and while both are innocent , it’s their friendship ...
  • Roxy
    1970-01-01
    Hawker really brought the prairie to life, and the creatures inhabiting it. The struggles of these farmers in the late 1800's were complicated by the crime that brought the two families together. It is so beautifully written, with strong descriptions and dialogue.
  • Naomi
    1970-01-01
    One for the blackbird, One for the Crow by Olivia Hawker The Bemis and the Webbers have been Neighbours on the Wyoming prairie for years. They are cordial but not close - helping each other out should the need arise. But when Ernest Bemis shoots Substance Webber for trifling with his wife Cora resulting in him being jailed for two years, the families face the prospect of a long cold winter that they may not survive. Nettie Mae Webber and Cora Bem...
  • Tami
    1970-01-01
    The premise of this story captured my interest. Two women, Cora and Nettie Mae, are forced to live together in order to survive the harsh winter in 1870’s Wyoming. It’s a horrible situation for them. Cora’s husband caught her in a compromising position with Nettie Mae’s husband and shot him. Now he is in jail and Nettie Mae is a widow.Cora is full of remorse and will do anything to earn Nettie Mae’s forgiveness. Nettie Mae is bitter and...
  • Richard Sutton
    1970-01-01
    A beautiful book. I'm a fan of deeply personal, historic fiction as well as life-affirming philosophy. Ms. Hawker provides both of these throughout this fine book. Her best work, to date, One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow certainly moved me. While reading it I found my eyes actually getting watery, sometimes just for the sheer beauty of the writing. Her alternating, Point of View based narrative sections may be some of the very best fiction...
  • Patty
    1970-01-01
    This is a book that grabbed me from the the very first paragraph. It starts with a murder when one man goes down to the river and finds his wife with his neighbor. This leaves the two families living out on the Wyoming frontier without their men as winter is coming. The families are forced to come together to survive despite the dislike between them. Their farms are far from any other neighbors and without each other neither will make it.The book...
  • Jen Juenke
    1970-01-01
    WOW. Let us double up that WOW! I had started this book months ago and kept putting it on the back burner.I should have just kept with it before putting mediocre books before it. This book is an EPIC that stands on its own.It starts with a murder and from there the story unfolds.It is told by 4 narrative, Cora, Nettie Mae, Buleah, and Clyde.I would also say that the prairie and the land are also its own narrative. The story unfolds like a gallopi...
  • Jeff
    1970-01-01
    Long But Beautiful. This is an incredibly detailed story of loss and love set in the Old West, and while the basic premise has been told many times in many settings, Hawker does an excellent job of highlighting a side to it not often shown. While the tale could have arguably been told with less specific details and at least 100-150 fewer pages, Hawker uses the extra detailing well - in service to the story rather than detracting from it. I know, ...
  • Dara
    1970-01-01
    I have been wanting to branch out the kinds of books that I read, and historical fiction is a genre that I’ve wanted to read more of. One For the Blackbird, One For The Crow takes place on the American prairie in the late 1800s. I really enjoyed the setting of the book, as the descriptions made me feel like I was there with the characters. On the other hand, the book itself was slow moving for me, and felt more character driven than plot driven...
  • Beadyjan
    1970-01-01
    Wonderfully emotive storytelling, beautiful lyrical writing. Loved it Oh the lamb!! More review soon.
  • Ann Creel
    1970-01-01
    When I pick up a book written by Olivia Hawker, I know I'm going to be experiencing something special. The sense of harsh reality and intrigue begin on page one of this unusual novel, and they never let up. Through the eyes of two strong women thrust together due to circumstances, we experience what life must have been like in the almost barren landscape of frontier-era Wyoming.Hawker has a wonderful way with words, and sometimes I feel as if I'm...
  • Dani | Suburbia, Interrupted
    1970-01-01
    Beautifully written story. The words immediately draw you into the characters lives and leave you with a sense of longing upon reading the final page. Definitely one of those rare books which will forever hold a piece of my heart. Excellent read and can not wait to recommend as a must read.
  • Konny
    1970-01-01
    One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow by Olivia Hawker is a full length, standalone novel and like no other book I've read, a unique story.The book tells the tragic story of two families, the love story of two young people, Beulah and Clyde.The story is set in deep rural middle of the 19th century with characters I easily connected with and a captivating story. I was hooked from chapter one and read the book in one sitting , cover to cover. I c...
  • Frosty61
    1970-01-01
    4.5 stars rounded up. I'm one of those people who've learned I need to be in a certain frame of mind in order for a book to resonate with me. It's hit or miss sometimes. After a summer of light reads, I decided to give this one a try and it didn't disappoint. Thank you, NetGalley for the ARC!This is a book to be savored. The writing is lyrical, the descriptions are incredible, the characters are realistic, the pace is a little slow (hence the ded...
  • Jo Beth
    1970-01-01
    Review of One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow by Olivia HawkerBefore sharing my thoughts on this novel, I want to thank Lake Union Publishing (via NetGalley) for allowing me the pleasure of an early read of this wonderful piece of historical fiction. This novel hooked me from the first words from Beulah’s perspective. The story unfolds from the varied perspectives of the four main characters...Beulah, Cora, Nettie Mae, and Clyde. There are ...