“In the tradition of New York Times bestseller Cold Mountain, Reeder delivers a richly satisfying  tale set in the hills of what would soon become West Virginia. Madam’s Creek explores the power of love and the sting of betrayal in a land shattered by war. The magnificent landscape of the New River serves as a backdrop for the tender love story of Marcus and Maylene, fully human characters sure to win your hearts.”

–Donna Meredith, author of The Glass Madonna and The Color of Lies


“Betsy Reeder’s Madam’s Creek is real and organic, as if she lived through that time period. The characters feel authentic. The natural world is as it must have been. As one who has also chased authenticity attempting to infuse life into local history, I am in awe.”

–Jon Averill, writer/producer of Averell’s Raiders & the 35th Star and Passing Thru Sandstone


“I thoroughly enjoyed reading your book; I tend to prefer novels with strong characters and detailed descriptions and Madam’s Creek definitely satisfied those requirements.  Plus, there’s the added bonus of a sense of humor, the historical and geographical context, and the depth of understanding about what war does to people (and not just the soldiers).  Thank you so much for writing it!”

–Shalom Tazewell


The author, Betsy Reeder, was able to create a time and a place in my mind taking me back to life in the 19th century in the mountains of West Virginia. A life that was innocent in childhood with loving families trying to make a living in difficult terrain that were then bombarded with the divisiveness of the civil war. The author very nimbly takes the reader through the complicated paths of people’s hopes and dreams with the reality of what life can offer. A very good read.

–Anne Meadows


P.S. from Betsy–If anyone who read Madam’s Creek enjoyed it and feels so inspired, I am deeply grateful for reviews on Amazon. A million thanks for those willing to put in a plug. On the other hand, if you didn’t like it, I’m equally grateful if you don’t say so. :o)