About the Book
Book: Sand Creek Serenade
Author: Jennifer Uhlarik
Genre: Historical Christian Romance
Release Date: March 14, 2019
One woman with a deep desire to serve and help. One brave who will stop at nothing to save his people. Each willing to die for their beliefs and love for one another. Will their sacrifice be enough?
As a female medical doctor in 1864, Sadie Hoppner is no stranger to tragedy and loss. While she grapples with the difficulties of practicing medicine at a Colorado outpost, she learns that finding acceptance and respect proves especially difficult at Fort Lyon.
Cheyenne brave Five Kills wants peace between his people and the American Army. But a chance encounter with their female doctor ignites memories from his upbringing among the whites … along with a growing fondness for the one person who seems to understand him and his people.As two cultures collide with differing beliefs of right and wrong, of what constitutes justice and savagery, blood spills on the Great Plains. When the inevitable war reaches Fort Lyon, the young couple’s fledgling love is put to the test.
Sand Creek Serenade by Jennifer Uhlarik is breathtaking! This story captured my interest from the first sentence and wouldn’t let me go until the very end. Sand Creek Serenade is a story that will stick with me for a very long time. The characters in this novel, specifically Sadie and Five Kills, are excellently crafted. The good guys are decent and relatable. The bad guys are villainous and their actions are incredibly difficult to stomach. I found the action in this story non-stop and highly engaging. I loved the thoroughly researched historical detail and found that it made this novel that much richer. And the romance! It is just perfect. I found the romantic elements to be the perfect combination of tension, passion, and true love. Sand Creek Serenade is truly an outstanding historical romance.
Sand Creek Serenade is too good to be reviewed adequately. This book needs to be experienced. But I do want to discuss Ulharik’s Author’s Note. In her note, Ulharik ends by stating, “I hope Sand Creek Serenade has entertained you, but far more, I hope it makes you think, stirs your heart, and perhaps causes you to seek God in a new and deeper way.” For this review, I would like to go through each point briefly.
- Entertainment: YES! On all counts, Sand Creek Serenade is a highly entertaining story. As I stated above, I was hooked and could not put this book down. I will admit that this story kicked my nostalgia into high gear and I just had to purchase Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. I’ve been binge-watching ever since. LOL!
- Thoughtful: Oh my word, did this novel make me think and then some. At one point, I did have to put the book down, but that was so I could do my own research. I scoured Google for info on the military men, the Native Americans, the massacre, and the location. I had to see for myself who these people were, why they thought the way they did, and where they lived. While it was clearly a tumultuous time in history, it was also a fascinating time as well. I feel that Ulharik did a great job capturing the historical aspect of this story.
- Stirs the Heart: Yes, yes, yes! This book has beautiful moments and really ugly, evil moments. My heart soared for Sadie and Five Kills as they realize and walk down their path towards true love. But, I also bawled my eyes out. I don’t understand evil and human depravity. My heart broke for the innocents at Sand Creek. What men did to women and children that day should NEVER have happened. Yes, this novel stirred my heart for sure.
- Seek God: This novel has affirmed my faith in God. I am walking away from this novel even more in love with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is amazing, and the illustration of His saving power and grace is one of the most beautiful scenes I’ve ever read in a novel. This one moment in the story is my absolute favorite, and this scene alone is why this book should be read by EVERYONE!!!
I cannot speak for other readers, but for this reader-girl, I can honestly say I am leaving this novel a changed woman. I adore this story. It’s beautiful and heartbreaking, but it’s also hopeful. I highly recommend Sand Creek Serenade!
While I am part of the JustRead Review Tour for this novel, I purchased a copy of this novel in eBook form from Amazon.com on November 25, 2019, in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.