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A Journey of the Heart

A Journey of the Heart

When Women Were Warriors #2

Catherine M. Wilson || Paperback || 9780981563626

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"A Journey of the Heart shows the same strong storytelling ability of the first book. The language is still almost musical and wraps its sweet spell around you. Storylines that were just starting to grow in the first book are also very well developed here. Intrigue and conflict are fleshed out and take some surprising twists. All that I had hoped for, reading the first book, begins to bloom." -- Kissed By Venus, Kate Genet

"Catherine Wilson creates a magical sense of place, and of belonging to that place. Within that, she also tells how it feels to not belong. Ms. Wilson 's is a tale of bone wisdom. It whispers of what we remember when we sleep at night and dream. It calls us to remember that women had, and still have, a wise and powerful place in the world." -- The Rainbow Reader, Baxter Clare Trautman, author of The River Within

"In this book we see Tamras world open from the House of Merin and its immediate environs into the lands beyond its borders. She meets other peoples, whose ways are different from those she knows. Similarly Tamras inner life expands as well: the feelings within her blossom into the romantic love that will be the linchpin her life will hinge on." -- Charles Ferguson, Goodreads

In Book II of the trilogy, Tamras's apprenticeship as a warrior isn't turning out quite the way she expected. Her unconventional choices lead to her crossing swords, almost literally, with Vintel, the war leader of Merin's house. She finds herself embroiled in a power struggle she is doomed to lose, but the loss sends her on a journey that will change her destiny and decide the fate of her people.

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About the Author

Catherine M. Wilson lives in a redwood forest in California, which is probably where she finds lines like these:

“People stay away from the forest this time of year.”

An icy finger touched the back of my neck. “Why?”

“Old memories grow strong here in wintertime.”

As soon as she put it into words, I recognized my own feeling about the forest. This place that had at first felt so unfamiliar, now seemed more like a forgotten memory of childhood. Fragments of old stories hung in the branches overhead and told themselves in the sound of rustling leaves. Echoes of ancient songs murmured in the music of falling water. Childhood fears haunted my dreams.

An avid reader from earliest childhood, Catherine searched in vain for the book she wished she could have read as a young woman. The first line of that book would have been:
“Once upon a time, a young woman set out to seek her fortune.”

Having passed her half-century mark without finding the book she wanted, she decided that she would have to write it herself. But her first line is a bit more chilling:
“All the women of my family had gone to war.”

Catherine’s mother did in fact go to war in 1942, so there is more than a ring of truth to the line, as there is more than a ring of truth to the story, its setting and its characters. All are rooted deeply in the author’s experience and in her lifelong study of myth, legend, folklore, and fairy tales.