First and foremost, Hukle's books are remarkably well-researched. You simply cannot read one of her novels without learning something new. Her books have enlightened and reshaped my understanding of the history of New York and the USA. In Souls of the Soil, I especially enjoyed the alternating perspectives between present-day and historical New York. She conveys the realities, dangers, and challenges of early American living through relatable, believable characters and compelling storylines. If you like to learn real, solid history while you read an entertaining novel, then Hukle's books are for you!
Beneath the Elms -I chose this rating ( five stars) because once again Gloria Waldron Hukle has brought our ancestors vividly back to life. I feel like I just had a great visit with them. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves history and the feeling of being transported back in time.
Jean Baker - August 2020
Reader Amazon July 2018
June 2018 Review of American Waldron Series
I loved your books, in part for the genealogy, but also because you humanized those who were only names in my research. Regardless of it being fiction, it was done so well and I feel as though I now know them personally. I am an avid reader and that is very important to me.-Judy Waldron Brown
May 2018 Review
My name is Sheryl (more commonly called Sherry) Anne (Burr) Waldron. I am the wife of Chuck Waldron (aka Luther Aaron Waldron) Although I was not born a Waldron, I have known and/or been a part of the Waldron family for nearly 50 yrs. (Met Chuck in 1968, started dating him in 1969 at the age of 13 & married him in 1974) & what an adventure it's been. I just want you to know that Chuck & I have both (together) read all 4 of your books in the Waldron Series. They are all wonderful novels. Please do not stop writing about the Waldrons. Your gift of putting words to the page is wonderful and your imagination is awesome. Thank you for bringing to life the Waldron ancestors of long ago. I'm sure they would be very proud of you and your Waldron Series of books.-Sheryl Ann (Burr) Waldron
"Souls of the Soil" -"I totally lost myself in this lovely free weaving story."- Ruth Urdwary, Taborton, New York. December 2016.
Book Review by S.L. Perreault December 12, 2016
"Souls of the Soil" by Gloria Waldron Hukle
Hukle returns with the fourth novel in her very exciting adventure series centered on life in the Hudson River valley. In this complex saga, she spans the three centuries from colonial America to the present day by tracing the lives of both historical and current day characters within the same Albany NY locations. She has a knack for increasing the veracity of her fictional characters by offering connective real world genealogical and historical references. This is a particularly useful tool in this tale which spans most of American history.
I would strongly recommend that the reader not approach this story (Souls of the Soil) casually but rather with an intensity of purpose. Souls of the Soil is best consumed in at most two companion sittings and not left to a longer span. This strategy is advisable in order to preserve within the reader’s mind the continuity of both the many characters as well as the varying venues during the novel’s frequent back and forth travel through time. This approach is quite doable since the book is less than 300 pages in length.
Gloria Waldron Hukle’s SOULS OF THE SOIL is a captivating novel that connects American history and two families across generations in a criss-crossing web. Along the way, it shares realities of colonial America, hardships, love, religion and spirituality in an intriguing, interconnecting story that was hard to put down. Ms. Waldron succeeded in drawing me into the lives of the characters and the times, culminating in a satisfying ending. Definitely a worthwhile read!
Book Review by Dawn Lajeunesse, Wilton, New York
December 23, 2016
"Souls of the Soil"- "This is a very good book"- Lynn LaCross, Ballston Lake, New York. October 2016
Review of G. Waldron Hukle's American Waldron Series Books by Bob McGrath, New York
Historical fiction has always been my favorite genre and I am thrilled to discover the work of this amazing author. Her meticulous recreation of the life and times in my part of the world almost four centuries ago is relayed with such passion and detail that I truly feel as if I were living in those times. I am grateful to the author for the gift of allowing me to understand the spirit of those who came before us. I am a fan and will certainly devour all of her future works.-Bob McGrath- New York, October 2016.
Reader Review of "Threads An American Tapestry" February 2015
"I just finished Threads An American Tapestry" and I was fascinated by the weaving of Waldron family history into the fabric of the novel. Thank you for creating Margaret; so nice to make a new friend. Good luck with book four.- Caroline Adamski Andrulis
Book Review by Pat Leonard - "The Diary of a Northern Moon"is unbeatable."As a resident of the Adirondacks living near North Creek, the scene of this novel, I found it particularly appealing. However, it has universal appeal as a historical novel and a modern mystery, an unbeatable combination. Furthermore, it is based on the true story of the Waldron family, lovingly detailed by an ancestor of the original Waldrons of the Dutch settlement of Nieuw Amsterdam. Introduced to us in Hukle's "Manhattan Seeds of the Big Apple." Readers of both books will want to follow with "Threads, An American Tapestry"
"It is said that some 60 percent of Americans have roots in New York State"
Nancy Johnsen Curran,genealogist,New York
January 22, 2010 -History and Genealogy go hand 'n hand and these wonderful characters (Hukle novels) present a fantastic opportunity to teach history lessons neglected by our school systems. I have found that if I could make a talk or lecture fun for a group they retained more and remembered more! So! Keep your fantastic historical novels coming! They not only provide many hours of entertainment but serve as a wonderful history lessons.
"Threads An American Tapestry" by Gloria Waldron Hukle
Fascinating history, June 28, 2009
Book Review by L. Rae Rao (Texas)
"As the great-granddaughter of a Delaware Indian (Len ape, Turkey Clan), I found THREADS AN AMERICAN TAPESTRY to be a fascinating look at the life of Margaret Vandenberg, the daughter of a Lenape mother and wealthy Dutch father, who lived in the early 1700's in colonial New York. Strengthened by her faith, she successfully faced many challenges managing the large land holdings inherited from her father. I'm impressed by the author's insight into two very different cultures. Obviously extensively researched, very well done! "
" Saturday afternoon I began reading Manhattan Seeds of the Big Apple and finished the next evening! I couldn't put it down! It moves swiftly, is humorous (those pigs), is frightening (the Indian attack),is timely (moral issues, women issues & concerns with Tennake Waldron wisely planning how to adjust to governmental changes), has well developed, intriguing characters, and gives wonderful glimpse into not only the lives of Resolve and Tennake's and other Dutch and Native Americans, but also into my own French Huguenot ancestors. My ancestors, Jean Bodin and his wife, were first recorded as baptism witnesses at a Dutch Reformed Church, New York in 1677. Statan Island and died there in 1694.
Thank you for writing such a fascinating story. I can't wait to read the next books you have written! Keep writing! "
Bonnie Shufelt -New York
Barnes and Noble Book Reviewer Stephen Perreault
THREADS AN AMERICAN TAPESTRY by Gloria Waldron Hukle
August 05, 2009: In this continuing family saga of early colonial life along the Hudson river valley, the author captures the essence of the many challenges faced by our forebearers here in the eastern United States. Her tale is one of individual pride and determination as well as adherence to honorable values in the face of stubborn gender and racial prejudices. The protagonist, Margaret Vandenberg, may have evolved from mixed origins, but she puts these roots to good advantage in order to keep her family's farm operating successfully.
The third in a series of novels by Gloria Hukle, "Threads" is perhaps the most exciting in terms of true colonial adventure. As always, her work is historically relevant and well adorned with detailed description. The reader enjoys both a good story and a real learning experience as the author describes the assortment of tools, the rudimentary medicinal aids and the foods favored by early settlers in their struggles to survive and prosper in their new land.
It is also refreshing to find a novel which can be recommended to readers of all ages without fear of exposing them to excessive violence. Like its predecessors, "Manhattan:Seeds of the Big Apple" and "Diary of a Northern Moon," "Threads" has a strong family orientation that is becoming more difficult to find in this modern day age.
I Also Recommend: Manhattan Seeds of the Big Apple and The Diary of a Northern
JUNE 2009 Book Review for Threads: An American Tapestry by Gloria Waldron Hukle
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"As it is with all children who accept the reins of responsibility from a powerful parent, ultimately a time came when there were choices to be made that only a Heavenly Father could understand."
Threads: An American Tapestry is a story that deftly weaves together the struggles and triumphs of the differing visions and conflicts of the independent-minded characters of the New York Hudson Valley colonials, which comprised a mix of European, African, and Native American cultures, with the turmoil in the lives of three siblings--heirs to the estate of Gerrit Vandenberg, a wealthy New York North River Valley landowner.
However, as the central theme of Threads reveals, prosperity does not exclude life's struggles from the affluent, nor is it a shield against the lifelong prejudices and alienation Margaret Vandenberg had experienced as a "high-brow Indian woman"--Garrit Vandenberg's "half-breed" daughter, who in spite of her good intentions and acts of charity and generosity remains a slave to the suspicions, mistrust, and hatred of her mixed heritage and Old World enemies as she struggles to retain sole control over her families upstate New York estate when her long thought dead brother returns with a wife and business partner. Thus the stage has been set for Threads compelling story conflict which builds on the tension between the main characters, their internal constraints, and the outside forces of their environment and opposing external forces.
As the story (circa 1723) begins, Margaret Vandenberg--well into her thirties--prepares to marry for the first time while facing the smoldering emotions of envy and perceived corruption of religious beliefs, in addition to the tragic murder of one of her black servants and the secret involvement of another who is harboring runaway slaves by providing a stopover at her manor on their way to Canada.
Compelled to follow an obstacle strewn path, Margaret knew full well that her decisions would alter the course of her life, but never could have conceived of all the other lives that would also be altered. A woman of strong faith, Margaret vows that she will leave her fate, in God's hand, but yet as a strong, resourceful, and independent woman she also understands that the consequences of her decisions are hers to hold forever.
Threads--Hukle's third installment in The Waldron Series--is a reflective tale told with an infusion of relevant historical facts that enhance both the action and pacing of the plot. Often in historical fiction, authors unintentionally lose their characters inside their story-like passages of exhaustive research, but Hukle has completely avoided this common pitfall, having rendered a strong piece of historical fiction for readers to be drawn into with her solid research, solid character renderings, and solid writing.