The Sheep Walker’s Daughter

Light Messages Publishing
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This is a gem of a book, telling the story about knowing and understanding, about past hurt and present secrets told in a beautiful, rich prose. Janka, Goodreads

Does it really matter where you come from?

In 1953, a war widow’s difficult mother dies before revealing the identity of her daughter’s father and his cultural heritage. As Dee sorts through what little her mother left, she unearths puzzling clues that raise more questions: Why did Leora send money every month to the Basque Relief Agency? Why is her own daughter so secretive about her soon-to-be published book? And what does an Anglican priest know that he isn’t telling?

All of this head-spinning mystery breaks a long, dry period in Dee’s life and leads her to embark on an odyssey. She might just as well lose her job and see where the counsel of her new spiritual advisor and the attentions of an enigmatic ex-coworker lead her.

The Sheep Walker’s Daughter pairs a colorful Basque immigrant history of loss, survival, and tough choices with one woman’s search for identity and fulfillment. Dee’s journey will take her through the Northern and Central California valleys of the 1950s and reach across the world to the Basque Country.

Along the way, she will discover who she is and why family history matters.

"The Sheep Walker's Daughter is a novel about delving into the past ....It is also a novel about getting to know God and oneself better."Julia, Goodreads

"Their lives are changed in substantive ways and as readers, we are made the better as we bear witness to the lives of these two women who undergo a powerful transformative journey that allows them to embrace the richly woven tapestry of their unique cultural and generational identities. Their hard-won wisdom becomes an irrepressible summons to all of us to live spirited, authentic lives."Calder, Goodreads

Enjoy the beauty of a story by Sydney Avey
The Sheep Walker's Daughter
The Lyre and the Lambs
The Trials of Nellie Belle

Sydney Avey’s debut novel, The Sheep Walker’s Daughter, is an absolute treasure. Set in the years just after WWII, it’s a story of mothers and daughters and sisters, all members of one family and yet all isolated by both physical and emotional distance. Avey’s characters are compelling and deftly drawn. – Jan Goodreads

The Sheep Walker's Daughter is a novel about delving into the past ....It is also a novel about getting to know God and oneself better.– Julia, Goodreads

Lives are changed in substantive ways and as readers, we are made the better as we bear witness to the lives of these two women who undergo a powerful transformative journey that allows them to embrace the richly woven tapestry of their unique cultural and generational identities. Their hard-won wisdom becomes an irrepressible summons to all of us to live spirited, authentic lives. –Calder, Goodreads

The plot was interwoven with provoking insights into conflicting differences between two people of different cultures seeking the American Dream in CA, that ultimately included life choice decisions that divided their family with secrecy and isolation. – Sandra, Goodreadss

I found myself rereading passages just to hear the way the words blended together to paint a wonderful word picture. Sydney Avey has a real gift for creating such wonderful imagery with her words. Avey is also gifted in her ability to take many plot lines and weave them together into a wonderful story. – Shari, Goodreads

The Sheep Walker's Daughter explores complex relationships between richly developed characters. I loved the bits of wisdom, poetic analogies, and unexpected twists. It was a pleasure unraveling this family saga set between the Basque region and California’s Central Valley. The book’s give and take theme lingers beyond the final page.– April, Goodreads

I have always wondered how an author is able to weave many intricate details seamlessly into a compelling story. Such is the case with The Sheep Walker’s Daughter. – Shari, Goodreads

I loved this book – it was a great story and a real page-turner. I couldn’t put it down! – Susan, Goodreads

I enjoyed this book so much. I actually found many parallels to my own life; the secrets that families keep, as well as the realization that through the generations, we're probably more alike than we think. – Lisa, Goodreads

This is a gem of a book, telling the story about knowing and understanding, about past hurt and present secrets told in a beautiful, rich prose. – Janka, Goodreads

The Sheep Walker's Daughter is a novel about delving into the past ....It is also a novel about getting to know God and oneself better. – Julia, Goodreads

I hope The Sheep Walker's Daughter gets the accolades it deserves. – Marie, Goodreads

Sydney’s genre is not a part of my normal reading diet, but her first book captured my imagination and left me wanting more.- The Rt. Rev. Douglas B. Weiss, Goodreads
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About the author

Sydney Avey writes about ordinary people who muster faith and courage to step over uncertainty and continue the journey. Her novels invite compassion for the stumbles of the past and offer hope for the future, if only a glimmer.

Sydney Avey is the author of The Sheep Walker’s Daughter,The Lyre and the Lambs and The Trials of Nellie Belle, in which she tells the story of the great grandmother she never knew. Reputed to be the first female court reporter in the Pacific Northwest, she left a legacy of short stories about life in the West during the progressive era, where justice was swift and common sense overruled.

Avey’s poetry, short stories and articles have appeared in Foliate Oak, Forge, American Athenaeum, Unstrung, Blue Guitar Magazine, Ruminate and MTL Magazine. She has a degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley and has studied at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival as well as many other conferences and seminars.

Fans describe her writing as having ”an artist’s gift for using strong visual language, and a counselor’s gift for describing the conditions of her characters’ hearts,” with an “impeccable grasp of structure, pacing and character development” that “paint(s) a lovely word picture.”

Avey has an artist’s gift for using strong visual language, and a counselor’s gift for describing the conditions of her characters’ hearts. – Jan, goodreads

I found Avey’s descriptions delightful and not contrived – clear, real, and vivid – Susan, Goodreads

Sydney Avey’s impeccable grasp of structure, pacing and character development is what separates The Sheep Walker’s Daughter from the average debut novel. – Calder Lowe, Goodreads

The 60's were a time of change in America . Sydney Avery is able to capture that change and spill it out onto the pages of her novel. – Karen, Goodreads

It left me satisfied with a good wrap up. I hope to see more work from Sydney Avey – Heather, Goodreads

I thoroughly enjoy this author’s use of colorful and descriptive language.- Shari, Goodreads

I found myself rereading passages just to hear the way the words blended together to paint a wonderful word picture. Sydney Avey has a real gift for creating such wonderful imagery with her words. Avey is gifted in her ability to take many plot lines and weave them together into a wonderful story. – Shari, Goodreads

Series - It was a fascinating book and I was sorry to finish it. However the story continues into the 1960's in The Lyre And The Lambs - so pick up both books, and settle down for a nostalgic read! – Julia, Goodreads

I highly recommend these novels.- The Rt. Rev. Douglas B. Weiss

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Publisher
Light Messages Publishing
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Published on
Sep 30, 2017
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Pages
220
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ISBN
9781611532579
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Cultural Heritage
Fiction / Family Life / General
Fiction / Romance / Clean & Wholesome
Fiction / Women
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"Ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances that are overcome by perseverance and grace. Wonderful places in Basque, Spain and the Greater Bay Area serve as backdrops." - The Rt. Rev. Douglas B. Weiss

A feast of family can be a plate load of problems!

It’s the Sixties. Modernity and tradition clash as two newlywed couples set up house together. Dee and her daughter Valerie move with their husbands into a modern glass house Valerie built in a proudly rural Los Altos, California, neighborhood.

When their young relatives start showing up and moving in, the neighbors get suspicious. Then a body is found in the backyard and the life they are trying to build comes undone.

Father Mike is back to guide Dee through a difficult time with humor and grace, even as his own life is unraveling. Now he’s going to have to take some of his own advice about love.

The sequel to The Sheep Walker s Daughter, The Lyre and the Lambs explores the passions that draw people together and the faith it takes overcome trauma.

"I thoroughly enjoyed the flow of family values and their unwavering trust in each other. A definite plus was the quiet voice of spiritual faith and persuasion...always pulling me to a “feel good” place." – Diana, Goodreads

"Another beautifully written story that is compassionately told. It was a joy to read, well written and a story I will not forget. I highly recommend this book." – Karen, Goodreads

Enjoy the beauty of a story by Sydney Avey
The Sheep Walker's Daughter
The Lyre and the Lambs
The Trials of Nellie Belle

Sydney Avey's sequel to The Sheepwalker's Daughter masterfully walks the reader through the winding path of relationships, faith, and discovery. Set in the sixties, tradition clashes with modernity in one neighborhood. – Karen, Goodreads

The Lyre and the Lambs is an enjoyable read for pleasure and for an insightful look at how we sometimes judge differences. – Karen, Goodreads

Ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances that are overcome by perseverance and grace. Wonderful places in Basque, Spain and the Greater Bay Area serve as backdrops. - The Rt. Rev. Douglas B. Weiss

Loved the different generations and how they interacted with each other. Such an easy read with a wonderful spiritual message. – Jeanie, Goodreads

The Lyre and the Lambs, a sequel to The Sheep Walker's Daughter, grabbed me from the first page.... As with The Sheep Walker's Daughter, Ms. Avey shows that we are all works in progress no matter what our age. – Lisa, Goodreads

I thoroughly enjoyed the flow of family values and their unwavering trust in each other. A definite plus was the quiet voice of spiritual faith and persuasion...always pulling me to a feel good place. – Diana, Goodreads

Another beautifully written story that is compassionately told. It was a joy to read, well written and a story I will not forget. I highly recommend this book. – Karen, Goodreads

The pace was fast enough to engage, the descriptions were believable. I loved the characters, with Father Mike at the top again. – Mary, Goodreads
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One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.

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"The most wonderful and amazing thing for me about The Trials of Nellie Belle is that it was written by Nellie’s great granddaughter. Sydney Avey calls into vivid existence someone she has never met." – Caitlin Hicks, author of A Theory of Expanded Love

There is power in justice and forgiveness.

When her parents marry off Kansas-born Nellie Belle to the ranch foreman, she never questions that motherhood will follow. But at the dawn of the progressive era, dissatisfied Nellie seizes an opportunity to move west and start a new life.

Yearning to find a sense of self-worth, Nellie leaves behind her husband and son and takes her two daughters to the Northwest. She charges forward to become the first woman court reporter to travel the circuit in the region.

In small-town makeshift courtrooms and growing cities boasting new halls of justice, Nellie's strength touches many lives: independent-minded lawmen, enterprising women, hard-working immigrants, and a number of cads. But when her prodigal youngest returns home with a babe in arms, Nellie must do what she can to pull together the remains of her scattered family.

"This is truly a couldn't-put-it-down character driven narrative that is authentic and riveting. Historical fiction is my favorite genre, and this fully captures why I love the genre." – Cheryl, Goodreads

"“If you like inspirational stories of strong women, you will love Sydney Avey's latest novel....She mixes fact and fiction with just the right amount of historical details for an entertaining read.” – Teresa, Goodreads

Enjoy the beauty of a story by Sydney Avey
The Sheep Walker's Daughter
The Lyre and the Lambs
The Trials of Nellie Belle

This historical novel is rich with details of the times, including court cases where Nellie encounters colorful characters whose testimony she transcribes. – Caitlin, Goodreads

The most wonderful and amazing thing for me about The Trials of Nellie Belle is that it was written by Nellie’s great granddaughter. Sydney Avey calls into vivid existence someone she has never met. – Caitlin Hicks, author of A theory of expanded love

I seldom post reviews but this is truly a couldn't-put-it-down character driven narrative that is authentic and riveting. Historical fiction is my favorite genre, and this fully captures why I love the genre. – Cheryl, Goodreads

If you like inspirational stories of strong women, you will love Sydney Avey's latest novel based on the life of her own great grandmother. She mixes fact and fiction with just the right amount of historical details for an entertaining read. – Teresa, Goodreads
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