Book Review: One for the Blackbird…

As a family historian, I love learning about ancestral lives. Delving deep into the decades, I experience (albeit vicariously) my predecessors’ ups, downs, and moments between. I then take their stories and share them with others, hoping that with each word I write, a part of them lives again (at least in our hearts).

Author Olivia Hawker does the same when she wrote One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow. Based on her own family history, this novel tells the tale of the Bemis and Webber families, the only settlers living within miles.

The book begins in the summer of 1876 when father Ernest Bemis shoots his neighbor Substance Webber for fooling around with his wife.  Remorseful, Ernest then mounts his horse and rides to town, several hours away, to turn himself in for murder.

With Substance in the grave and Ernest behind bars, Nellie Mae Webber and Cora Bemis must save themselves and their children by banding together to survive the harsh Wyoming winter. But will these women be able to overcome their anger and shame to team up or will their emotions tear them apart?

Caught in the middle are teenagers Clyde Webber and Beulah Beamis, who are forced to grow up fast to ensure their families’ survival and help forge forgiveness.


I received a complimentary copy of this book from Lake Union Publishing, courtesy of a NetGalley giveaway. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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  2. Pam Beeler

    Enjoyed reading your review of this book. Would you help me come up with some Book Club study questions? I was surprised that the author didn’t write any, as they are the ones who usually do. Thank you.

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