The Trials of Nellie Belle

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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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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
Feb 6, 2018
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Pages
254
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ISBN
9781611532470
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Family Life / General
Fiction / Historical / General
Fiction / Sagas
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