The Sheep Walker's Daughter

The Sheep Walker s Daughter A Korean 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 clue

  • Title: The Sheep Walker's Daughter
  • Author: Sydney Avey
  • ISBN: 9781938708190
  • Page: 242
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Korean 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 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 wA Korean 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 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 this head spinning breaks a long, dry period in Dee s life She might just as well lose her job and see where the counsel of her new spiritual adviser and the attentions of an enigmatic ex coworker lead her The Sheep Walker s Daughter pairs a colorful immigrant history of loss, survival, and tough choices with one woman s search for spiritual identity and personal fulfillment Dee s journey will take her through the Northern and Central California valleys of the 1950s and reach across the world to the obscure Basque region of Spain She will begin to discover who she is and why family history matters.

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      Published :2019-09-19T19:24:25+00:00

    About " Sydney Avey "

  • Sydney Avey

    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 and The Lyre and the Lambs In her latest novel, The Trials of Nellie Belle, she tells the story of the great grandmother she never knew Reputed to be the first female court reporter in the Pacific Northwest, Nellie traveled to small towns and large cities to record court proceedings 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.Sydney and her airplane enthusiast husband divide their time between Sierra Nevada foothills of Yosemite, California, and the Sonoran Desert in Arizona She is a choral singer and enjoys travel, theatre, and spending time with family and friends Sydney blogs about books, faith and culture, legacy and family and other topics at sydneyavey blog


  • 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. This may sound ponderous, but Avey’s characters are compelling and deftly drawn. The central character, Delores, is an independent woman—ahead of her time in this regard—but her independence, like other aspects of her character, is ne [...]

  • These hectic spring days, a good read means a quick read that captures my attention on page one and continues with a strong storyline and well drawn characters. Sheepwalker is just that. The clear crisp language moves the story along and the sympathetic but complex characters resonate. But what really catches and keeps me reading is… the mystery, the secret. Hinted at in the first few pages, foreshadowed throughout the first half of the story, revealed midway, and then plotted nicely for twist [...]

  • The Sheep Walker’s Daughter is a compelling story with believable characters, particularly the women. There are men in the book, but they seem to exist mostly as backdrop or support to the women. It is a story about family. The family interactions, connections, and secrets seemed very real to me. I was pulled more into the second part of the book than the first. Although the two main characters came to life quickly in the book, the plot initially seemed to be unraveling to a predictable conclu [...]

  • The author really has a handle on the emotions of a person in this situation of adoption. I didn't ask my mom about my family because it was all very hush, hush. I would just stand in front of the mirror as a young girl and ask out loud, "Who am I?" I thought everyone else in the world knew who "they" were! Why not me?This story just flows. I love the stories within stories- Leora's life journey. Dee's story woven into that. Valerie's story playing out alongside her mother and grandmother. I fin [...]

  • Congratulations Sydney on your debut book - it was great. Such easy reading and interesting story, once I started I couldn't put it down. Yes, family is important, we should all look into our family backgrounds. Looking forward to more good books by Sydney. (I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for my honest review.)

  • Loss, secrets, history, meaning, and spirituality. The Sheep Walker’s Daughter intertwines Basque history, the landscape of Northern and Central California, and the Basque region of Spain. Sydney Avey weaves gold and silver threads of mothers and daughters into a family tree, a tapestry of the Tree of Life. Dee seemed to be on auto-pilot until her mother died and new people entered her life. With the new relationships, came questions about Dee’s choices, her mother’s choices, and her daugh [...]

  • Sydney Avey’s debut novel, The Sheep Walker’s Daughter, was a wonderful find. I adored this story of a post WWII family trying to uncover family secrets in an attempt to find their own identity each without letting the other know. This book takes you on a journey with a family that has been drawn apart over the years when a mother and father decide to go separate ways searching for the great American Dream during the California gold rush. Untimely their decisions have set into motions genera [...]

  • Loved the story line development of the characters Dee and Valarie, mother and daughter, post WWII, separately seeking to unravel the mystery of their ancestors heritage and takes them from Northern CA to Bakersfield and to the Basque country of Spain. 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 isola [...]

  • I really enjoyed this book. The exploration of relationships between women across generations was thought provoking. What parts of ourselves we choose to shareor not, shapes how others see us. I enjoyed the way the author alternated between the mother's story and the daughter's story, slowly pealing away layers until we saw the full picture. It was also interesting to learn a bit about the Basque culture here in California. I was not aware of their vast emigrations until I read this novel. It ma [...]

  • Sydney Avey's, The Sheepwalker's Daughter, untangles a knot of family secrets and explores the complexities of intergenerational relationships. I enjoyed getting to know Leora, Delores and Valerie as they learned about themselves, each other and where they came from. Avey weaves a rich tapestry in her imagery that paints a vivid set for her characters. You may even ask yourself, "Where does my family really come from and what secrets does it hold?"I received a complimentary copy of this book fro [...]

  • Avey provides a close fictional view of the Bosque community in California and the northern and central valleys in the 1950's. She made me curious to see the reasons behind secrets between three generations. And she kept me up late. Why do we abandon our dreams? Why are we the hardest on those we love? When do we begin to live our true lives? Read The Sheep Walker's Daughter for insight and entertainment. You'll be glad you did.

  • 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.

  • There are so many things to absorb in this book that I plan to buy a copy (I read our library copy). It contains unusual and precise descriptions, viewpoints from both a mother and a daughter and an intriguing family history.

  • A thoroughly enjoyable, yet thought-provoking, book about families and their secrets, along with an interesting view into Basque culture. Sydney Avey is a talented story-teller with a gift for language and for making you care about her characters.

  • This book was a great summer read and easy to get into. The characters were believable and I loved the interaction between them. It ended to soon, and I look forward to the sequel

  • This was a lovely read, rich with detail in setting, time, and culture.The Sheep Walker’s Daughter takes place in the mid 1950s, and begins where the main character, Dolores Carter, is dealing with her mother’s death. Dolores had moved in with her mother, Leora Moraga, to take care of her years before becoming a widow, while her husband served in the military. And now she is alone, except for her daughter, Valerie, who is off on her own, traveling and pursuing post-graduate studies.Dolores a [...]

  • This book reached me at exactly the right time in my life. I have a Grandfather I never met who was a Korean War veteran, and we are only beginning to have his stories told. I have a whole family lineage that I know virtually nothing about, and I can't seem to get straight answers to my inquiries. Like Dee, I just want to know who I came from, because I think it would tell me a bit about who I am. I really enjoyed reading about Dee's hunger for identity, for belonging, for something bigger and i [...]

  • This book had a huge family theme, which is interesting as the main character doesn't have a strong family back ground. Dee never knew her Father, or her family's history. Her mother Leora, would refuse to talk about it. Dee was not close to her own husband, as he worked in the military and Dee wanted to keep a stable environment for her own daughter Valerie. Even with trying to maintain a sense of family for Valerie, the two weren't that close. Dee's husband passed 3 years ago and Dee moved in [...]

  • Dee’s family is full of secrets. Secrets that separate mother from daughter, woman from herself and woman from love. After her mother dies, Dee starts down a path of self-discovery her graduate student daughter Valerie has already inadvertently begun while writing her thesis. As Dee begins to untangle herself from her mother’s emotional legacy, she opens herself up to faith, romance, artistic expression and a family heritage she never knew existed. As Valerie becomes an independent woman, sh [...]

  • "The Sheep Walker's Daughter" by Sydney Avey makes the reader want to answer the questions for themselves that Father Mike asks Dee as she is trying to make since of her life. After the death of her mother, Dee finds out that she may not be an only child as she was led to believe. There are other secrets that she finds out as well. I think readers will be able to relate to Dee and her daughter Valerie as they both search for the answers. No, this book is not one to keep you up late at night read [...]

  • Delores is a woman who is used to doing things on her own. As a child she lived only with her mother, who flitted her about from place to place and hotel to hotel. As an adult, Delores marries a career military man whose job has him moving from place to place. Knowing this wasn’t the life she wanted for their daughter, Delores chooses not to follow him to every destination. After the death of her mother, Delores begins to find little things that lead her to believe her childhood held many secr [...]

  • Great Story by a Talented AuthorI 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. This story caught my attention right from the beginning and kept it until I turned the last page on my Kindle. The story of three strong women dealing with love, loss, and emotional pain and turmoil was wonderfully written. Avey was able to successfully paint word pictures that captured my heart and i [...]

  • Culture, history, and drama sprinkled with a touch of romance. Sydney Avey spins a tale of secrets and mystery, transporting the reader from California to Spain. Two women search for answers about their past and discover their future.Reluctantly drawn into her mother’s past, Dee finds a family she never knew she had. With each piece of the puzzle, a slice of the Basque life is lay bare. A life of exile and return; people who’ve struggled to live in this world, sometimes welcome, sometimes no [...]

  • I enjoy discovering new authors and Sydney Avey's book did not disappoint me. The title alone caught my attention. I read a fair amount of women's fiction and this book kept me turning pages.I can't really say I identified with the main character, Dee, and at times, I didn't particularly like her. But I felt sorry enough for her and the way her life turned out that I could empathize. I wanted to find out what happens after her mother dies. The further I read, the more I wanted to keep reading un [...]

  • It was nice that the mystery did unfold as the book progressed, and itwas a huge one. The history of Basque region of Spain, and the USA, washeavy in history that was very interesting. This book does need to be read before next one. It had romance. At onecame pretty close to edgy romance. I liked the first 2/3, but personallydidn't enjoy the last part as much, because the subject of their livesand what they were doing, didn't interest me, someone else may love it.It had a good solid ending, and [...]

  • I loved this book – it was a great story and a real page-turner. I couldn’t put it down! I am eagerly awaiting the sequel. It is a multi-generational family story complete with mystery and plot twists and turns. Central to the story is main character Dee’s relationship with both her mother and her daughter. The plot was wonderful (and well-paced) with great character development. I found Avey’s descriptions delightful and not contrived – clear, real, and vivid. I highly recommend this [...]

  • I received this book for free through First Reads. This is the first book I have read from this author and am looking forward to reading more. The beginning of this book was a little slow for me and found it hard to get into until the second chapter, once I got into it it was hard to put down. I found it kinda sad that a family would keep the secrets this family kept from each other. I was happy to see how in the end family is everything. I am looking forward to September when the next book com [...]

  • Both Valerie and Dee are totally unsettled with their lives. Secrets had been kept from them. It was easy to be angry, but then they chose a better path. They found their heritage, Dee got the chance to really know God, and to experience Gods peace, and then to truly get on with her life. Read this book you will really enjoy itI was given this book by the publisher for my honest review God bless you Chris Granville

  • Once you start to read, you really want to finish the story. The story is not predictable. The cultural and historical setting give it an extra touch, which make this book different from other stories. The book manages to give history and culture, without being too heavy. I enjoyed reading the book very much after a hard day's work.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for my honest review.

  • A nice read and interesting exploration of culture, relationships, and life's questions. As I completed this book I found myself reviewing my life and the life of my parents. Anything causing me to dig deeper intrigues me. The book ended, but my thoughts after reading it haven't.“I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for my honest review.”

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