Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Book review with a giveaway: Straight Flies the Arrow by Sydney Tooman Betts

About the Book

Name of book: Straight Flies the Arrow
Author: Sydney Tooman Betts
Genre: Historical, Adventure, Romance
Release Date: July 8, 2017

During the winter of 1841, Pacing Wolf, the esteemed leader of the Many Lodges, follows the trail of a brutal murderer, leaving behind his beloved woman, Small Doe. When his tracking party returns without him, the Sparrow Hawks’ Real Chief pronounces him dead, insisting Small Doe grieve, but she cannot bring herself to give up hope her husband will return. The coming spring offers her few choices. She can accept the courageous new warrior chosen for her or risk falling prey to his war-society rivals.

Vengeance and loyalty, hatred and faithfulness, all vie within two enemy villages, one belonging to the Sparrow Hawks and the other the Allies, threatening to crush every hope of happiness for Small Doe and everyone she loves.

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My Review

While this third book of the People of the Book series was not a quick, easy read, it was definitely worth it.  The story was full, abounding with pertinent descriptions of the Native American culture. The characters had Indian names, of course, plus plenty of history from previous books, so I needed to read deliberately.  But the story was rich and meaningful and kept my attention throughout.

A reader would most appreciate this story after reading the previous two in the series, but enough background is given to allow it to stand alone.

I received a digital copy of this book from the author for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

Sydney Tooman Betts and her protagonist-husband currently reside near the extensive cavern system that inspired the setting for several early chapters of this book.

While single, Ms. Betts (B.S. Bible/Missiology, M.Ed) was involved in a variety of cross-cultural adventures in North and Central America. After marrying, she and her husband lived in Europe and the Middle East where he served in various mission-support capacities. Her teaching experiences span preschool to guest lecturing at the graduate level and serving as the Sunday School Superintendent, Children’s Church Director, or Women’s Ministries facilitator in several evangelical denominations.

Before penning her first novel, A River too Deep, she ghost-wrote several stories for an adult literacy program.

Guest Post from Sydney Tooman Betts

You know you are created for a purpose, but honestly, how much of a difference can one person make in a life filled with one foot put in front of another, cooking for a family, washing clothes, combing out tangles…  Come walk alongside one woman whose singular choice changes life for generations.

Blog Stops

Reading Is My SuperPower, October 19
Blogging With Carol, October 20
Jeanette’s Thoughts, October 21
Christian Bookaholic, October 22
History, Mystery & Faith, October 23
Karen Sue Hadley, October 24
Singing Librarian Books, October 25
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, October 26
Mary Hake, October 27
Through The Open Window, October 28
Bigreadersite, October 29
Janices book reviews, October 30
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 31
Simple Harvest Reads, November 1


To celebrate her tour, Sydney is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card and a signed, soft-back set of The People of the Book trilogy!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!


  1. I must read this entire series. I have the first two books in my ever growing TBR pile. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  2. This book sounds very interesting. I know that my great great grandmother, according to her affidavit, was born in a tribe in Canada in Little Mascot, but the government has no record of that Indian village. I love that these books are rich in history!