In Review: A Girl Named Cord

Of the many things I am, I am a reader. I write, certainly. I’m a mom too. And a reckless gardener. I have conversations with a time-traveling Pict Druid in my head and on this blog, but really, I’m a reader. I love to escape all that and just read.

I loved reading Briana Vedsted’s A Girl Named Cord.

CORD-FlatIt was a fast-paced read, with plenty of twists to keep me interested and entertained. It was also a very satisfying read. I love a book that I can set down when I’ve read the last page and say: “Yes, that’s how it’s supposed to be. Thank you, author.” This book did that for me.

Cord is plucky, independent and human. I loved that she was flawed enough to be believable. Her problems are, at their essence, all our problems, and I loved the simple and heartfelt way in which she approached life. The action was fun and the feelings real. I joked with Briana that she had my emotions going all over the place with the book – and that’s a good thing! I was able to identify with the characters, and care about them. I also found myself wanting to know more about secondary characters – separate from Cord’s story.

I will admit to loving Westerns, so I may have been predisposed to loving this story, but I came away from the experience entertained and able to escape my every-day drudge. I think it helped that the internal voice I read the story with adopted a western twang right away. Partly due to Briana’s writing and partly due to –

That was me.

A: D. Come on. This is my review.

D: Yes, but that voice – it was me.

A: Whatever, Druid – wait, what are you wearing? Is that fringe?

D: Yes. Don’t you like it? Take a look at my boots, too!

A: Oh, please don’t do that – you’re blinding me with the glare off your spurs. Seriously, D, you look like a rejected Will Rodgers groupie.

D: But, but Briana and Billy –

A: They were being nice to you, because they’re nice people. Plus, you are rather enthusiastic. I suppose that helps them turn a blind eye to . . . what are those?

D: Cow-hide chaps.

cowboy-hatA: With the cow hair still attached?

D: What are you trying to say, A?

A: That you look ridiculous. It’s hard for me to do a straightforward review with you looking like that.

D: You mock me for the last time, woman!

A: Hardly, D. What do you want, anyway.

D: I insist you allow me my two cents on Briana’s work.

A: Only two, D? You’re usually good for a tenner or so.

D: Impossible woman . . . I was captivated by the world and story Briana wove. Not only was A Girl Named Cord an entertaining book, it possessed a heart and soul. It reminds the reader that there are still wholesome, good stories and storytellers.

A: Wow, D. Why can’t you be that nice all the time.

D: You’d get bored with me and you’d never finish my stories.

A: He does have a point. Thank you, Briana for giving us the opportunity to read and review your work. Obviously, we enjoyed it!

D: Indeed we did.

A: Now, D – about that hat.

D: Leave my hat alone.

A: I’m just saying . . .

D: No. Good day, folks!


Published by Katie Sullivan

Descended of pirates and revolutionaries, Katie Sullivan is a lover and student of all things Irish. Born in the States, she is a dual US/Irish citizen, and studied history and politics at University College, Dublin – although, at the time, she seriously considered switching to law, if only so she could attend lectures at the castle on campus. She lives in Milwaukee with her daughter, two cats and a pesky character in her head named D (but you can call him Dubh). Her first series, The Changelings Saga, a young adult historical fantasy trilogy is available on Amazon. She can be found writing with said character at her blog, The D/A Dialogues.

15 thoughts on “In Review: A Girl Named Cord

  1. You have got to publish a book of your conversations with D. They are absolutely priceless, Katie.

    Thanks for putting this book on my radar. I haven’t read a western in ages, and I usually enjoy them very much.


    1. Oh, thank you, Andra! One day I hope they’ll be appendices to the books themselves – almost like movie extras. Of course, if that every happens, and if anyone actually likes D from the books, I’m in trouble… he’s generally a hero there. Of course, that is why I take him down a notch or two here.


  2. Most excellent! I am so looking forward to this read 🙂 Also, D & A, your writing was on spot with this one. I have this mental image of a Druid in a cowboy hat and chaps, and robe. Albeit an odd image 🙂


  3. You have to do something about D. He’s gotta be nicer, just like he was reviewing the book for that small instant of time when the moon turned blue!

    Great review, nonetheless! 🙂


    1. Thank you!
      That was quite a lovely shade of blue on that moon, wasn’t it? Too bad it was so fleeting! D is nice to Briana because he likes cowboys and the old west (that, and it’s really really hard to be mean to Briana – she’s a doll!) . He’s nice to me… sometimes. Considering he had to live in my head for 10 years while I sat with writer’s block, he’s allowed a little snark at my expense.


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