Fiction: The River Girl's Song

by Angela Castillo

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The River Girl's Song: Texas Women of Spirit, Volume 1.

Publication Date: May 20, 2015

Zillia Bright never dreamed she’d be orphaned at sixteen and left to care for her baby brother and Papa’s farm. With only a mule and a hundred-year-old shotgun, she must fight to protect what’s hers. Countless dangers lurk on the Bastrop Texas riverside. Zillia must rely on the help of her best friends, Soonie and Wylder, to hold her world together. With Zillia’s struggles come unexpected miracles, and proof that God might just listen to the prayers of a river girl.

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ISBN-10: 1511705310
ISBN-13: 978-1511705318

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This is a novella that reads like a full length novel. The story is complete and with enough details to leave no questions or gaps for the reader. This is the first of a new series by this author, Texas Women of Spirit Series.

Zilla has become self appointed guardian of her half brother Orion, Orrie for short, upon the death of her dear mother, in child birth. Her stepfather is a vile, drunken man, with a penchant for physical abuse. He has no concern for Orrie or the fact his wife is dead. He tries to give the boy to his sister to raise. She is not a fit parent herself and Zilla refuses to give up the boy.

Thus begins a five year journey to run the farm and raise Orrie by herself. There is a nearby family that remain friends and helpmates to Zillie. This is more than a tale of survival; it is a coming of age tale of a young girl finding her place in the world. She also learns of God’s love for all His children, even those who do not think they are worthy.

This is a realistic look at rural American life in the 1800s. It is also a reminder of God’s presence in all of life, if one will only look for Him. I completely enjoyed this story and look forward eagerly to the next installment of the series. Solid 5 Stars.


There's magic all around us, if we just know where to look. Angela Castillo has a goal as an author; to help people see. She comes from the small town of Bastrop Texas, where she loves to walk in the woods and shop in the local stores. Castillo studied Practical Theology and Music at Christ for the Nations in Dallas, Texas. She was home-schooled all through high school and is the oldest of 7 kids. Castillo's greatest joys are her little girl and two boys, who 'are the best inspiration for writing ideas.' Castillo has been published in The First Line, Aardvark's Ark, Heartwarmers, Thema, and several other publications, and also has works available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle format. Find out more at

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