Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Straight Flies the Arrow by Sydney Tooman Betts

Posted October 19, 2017 by meezcarrie in Christian, giveaway, historical, Sydney Tooman Betts / 44 Comments

about the book

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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SERIES: People of the Book #3
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Fiction
PUBLISHER: Stonebridge Publications
RELEASE DATE: July 8, 2017
PAGES: 297

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“…instead of driving me away, His own Son, I-Am-Savior, took my punishment.”

Sydney Tooman Betts’ People of the Book series will make God’s Word come alive for you in fresh ways. Not only does seeing His Story from the Native American’s perspective allow it to be seen with new eyes, but the story itself reflects The Story in its plot and its characters. Perhaps none more in the series than the third and final novel – Straight Flies the Arrow.

While this can easily be read as a standalone, you really will to want to read the first two in order to understand book 3 in its full context. Because the story told on these pages brings full circle the story begun in A River Too Deep, showing how one woman surrendered to Jesus can influence generations. As you become caught up in this epic saga (which is easy enough reading for teens and up), you will also become inspired to reflect on the ripple effects in your own life. Whose life has influenced yours? Who influenced that person? And then that person? And so on? And… who are you influencing? A spiritual heritage is sometimes even more precious than a genealogical bloodline, and it’s always good to pause from time to time and reflect back on the people who have shaped you.

Bottom Line: Pacing Wolf’s and Small Doe’s story is emotional and compelling, and it will tear at your heart in every way. The setting wraps around you vividly, and you will experience it as though watching it unfold first hand. These characters are not easily forgotten, and their story will linger long after you’ve closed the book.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4.5 stars / Love it!

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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.


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!!

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44 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Straight Flies the Arrow by Sydney Tooman Betts

  1. Evangeline

    Sydney is a new-to-me author. Her books sound wonderful and I would love to win this set! Thanks for the chance! 😊 Blessings on your writing, Sydney!

  2. Haley Resseguie

    Thank you for posting about these books a few months ago. I just read all 3 at the end of September and I loved them! The way she weaves Scripture into their lives was wonderful and convicting all at the same time. I could not get enough of her characters and was sad at the end of the third book because it was over!

  3. Brenda Murphree

    This whole series is wonderful! I’ve never had a book that touched me the way this series did. And I do have some very good books that have touched me but these are unique.

  4. Sydney Tooman Betts

    Carrie, thank you for your delightful book review! I hope all three books will stir readers’ hearts.

  5. Veronica

    These sound wonderful. I have lots of reading time as I’m recovering from surgery, so I can’t wait to read them!

  6. Winnie Thomas

    I’ve heard great things about these books, and they sound so intriguing. They need to go on my TBR list. Thanks!

  7. Terrill R.

    I can’t say that I’ve read Sydney Tooman Betts’ books, but they have been on my Amazon wish list. My superpower isn’t reading, after all. Unlike you, Carrie. I’m always in awe and maybe a little jealous. 🙂 I sure wish it was my superpower, though, b/c you know how voracious reader’s lists are – Endless! I haven’t read enough stories of Native Americans in Christian fiction and the reviews are amazing. Congrats to Sydney!

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