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‘Whippoorwill’ By R.L. Bartram


Cover Image Of 'Whippoorwill' By R.L. Bartram“Cecile Huguette Prejean,” her father’s face had turned a delicate shade of purple, whilst the vein in his brow throbbed visibly.

Ceci cringed. All three names at once. It was a bad sign. All she could do was stand there, head down, hands clasped behind her back attempting to conceal her grazed knuckles. She had never seen him this angry before and there had been a few times.

“You broke that boy’s nose,” he informed her stonily. “Do you understand? You broke his nose.”

“He started it,” Ceci interrupted, attempting to justify her actions.

“Enough,” he roared, making her flinch, “not another word.” He paused, his temper appearing to ebb a little. “You’re almost fourteen,” he reminded her. “You should be a young lady by now. Instead you dress like a field hand and brawl with the local boys. What would your poor dear Mother say, God rest her soul, if she could see you now. Just look at yourself,” he commanded. “Look at yourself.”

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    • Hi Lauren,

      If the rest of the story is written with the same strength of character and descriptive narrative, then I definitely shan’t be disappointed.

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      Cecile certainly sounds like a strong and wilful young lady, more than able to take care of herself (at least she obviously thinks so – but we shall see as the story progresses).

      I can always remember my mum and dad calling me by full name when I was in trouble and I now find myself doing exactly the same thing to younger members of our extended family.

      Thanks for visiting this week and Happy Reading 🙂

    • Hi Maria,

      Author Robert Bartram is certainly laying out his stall in relation to the main character of Cecile, right from the word go and she is going to be one feisty person by the sounds of things.

      I am assuming that Cecile’s father is now a single parent, caught up in the nightmare of raising a teenage daughter, although as yet we have no idea as to how long she has been without a mother and whether there are aniy siblings who may influence her.

      Either way, I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes!

      It was great to have you take the time to comment and I hope that your weekend is good 🙂

  • The jury is still out for me on this one, but I do look forward to the author’s guest post. And I do need to move his earlier book to a more prominent position on my TBR pile!

    • Hi Kelly,

      I do think that you might enjoy ‘Dance The Moon Down’, but I know how difficult it is to prioritise books in a TBR pile, when thay all sound so good!

      Robert’s guest post isn’t short, but is definitely sweet and written with the same eloquent style and language with which he fills his books, so make sure you allow plenty of time to read it and you won’t be disappointed.

      Have a good weekend, another early Saturday start for me unfortunately, I am beginning to long for a even a short lie-in.

      Happy Reading 🙂

  • Hmm! Not sure what I think of this beginning. I really would have to read more to form an opinion on whether or not I liked Ceci as a character or not. At the moment I’d say I found her interesting, the blurb you shared, intriguing.

    • Hi Tracy,

      Although Robert has openly advertised ‘Whippoorwill’ as being first and foremost a romance, I think that from a historical standpoint, this is a story line you might enjoy, as he also proclaims to set great store by being historically accurate.

      I have an excellent guest post, written by Robert, to share in the next few days and that might help you to make up your mind, although you did describe his previous book as ..

      “One of the best historical romances I’ve read in a long while. Though less than 300 pages ‘Dance The Moon Down’ is a story of epic proportions”

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and I apologise for not having visited your blog as often as I should have, just recently 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      I guess that Cecile’s father is just trying to protect her and have her grow up the way her late mother would have wanted.

      Cecile on the other hand has gone into rebel mode, whether that be simply as a protest vote at the way her father is treating her, or as the only way she can deal with her mothers’ death, I guess I shall find out as I continue to read.

      She is definitely one feisty character though!

      I managed to get the whole weekend away from the shop, so I am feeling a little more relaxed and less stressed and tired.

      I hope that your readathon went well 🙂

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