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A Civil War (Secrets of the South) [Kindle Edition]

Corinda Marsh
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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An old attic keeps its secrets for more than a century but when two women find a journal written by a slave, those secrets begin to unravel one by one. Follow Evangeline and Lily through the turbulent years before and during the Civil War as they fight wars of their own insearch of meaning and values in a time of change and destruction. Eve must watch helplessly as Lily rejects her first love to chase her mother’s dreams of education. Lily marries an older man who appears to be the epitome of Southern gentility. This man, however, has a dark side few can see and the relationship spirals into abuse and pernicious control. Evangeline and Earl try to protect Lily and her children as their lives intertwine in an ever-tightening circle until Lily’s father is shot by an angry mob while protecting Earl. Finally two children of love bring the family full circle, but the shackles of society and small men hold them still. The signing of a document at Appomattox in 1865 emancipated no one.
Author Bio
Corinda Pitts Marsh is the daughter of Florida pioneers and has lived her entire life in the Florida panhandle. She earned a Ph.D. in English at Florida State University and taught at a local community college and at Florida State then worked for a Regional Education Lab and Waterfront Living magazine in an editorial capacity. She is now retired.
The author wishes to thank the staff at Cahawba Historical Park for their assistance in her research and for their untiring efforts to maintain the park for visitors. Facts and events adhere as closely as possible to historical information; however, all characters and their family history are fictional.
The sequel to "A Civil War" is also available. It is "The Ghost of Blackwater Creek." To leave notes and comments or to view other works by this author, see author's website:

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  • File Size: 588 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073L99LU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,630 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Civil War January 12, 2013
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In The Scheme of Things, $2.99 Is a Great Price for a Book...and The Civil War is a fascinating subject and fertile ground for historical novels...I read this til the last page, turned the page...and there was no more. It was as if the author decided she was done writing that day and hit 'submit' rather than 'save'. To each his own...but this book convinced me to save my $$ and buy one good book rather than three poorly-written ones. Harsh? Yes. Honest? Absolutely!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Well Written May 17, 2013
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This book is not only poorly written but also very badly in need of more research. A Civil War era story where the characters speak in the "slang" of today is just one clue. Other problems are long, descriptive pages that lead nowhere and major characters that are "killed off" with little or no reason or closure. There is some wonderful fiction based on Civil War history. This book does not make the grade.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but January 8, 2013
By Jane C.
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The beginning of the book was a bit goofy. I LOVED the story of the lives of the extended family during the civil war and the changing attitudes toward slavery. The ending was very poor. I think Ms. Marsh is a captivating author; I'm not sure if she's written others, but I would try them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Civil War April 6, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. It told a different side of the war. All the characters were so warm and the author gave one a chance to see that not all people are bad. I would highly recommend this book, a good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very touching and troubled story March 23, 2013
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This could use some editing for grammatical errors but the story was very very well put together. I loved this book and would definitely read again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I rated this book as high as I could go. it was a wonderful entertaining story about the south, before the war started, the beginning of the troubles and afterward, and our heroine showed great strength during the terrible times of a white south during the uprising and how terrible the negro were treated. What compassion and love her family showed to those who worked for them. A great love story with twists and turns at ever chapter. Highly recommend this wonderful story. It brought to the reader a view of the south during those times and how the people were loyal to each other in spite of race, color and creed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting ... May 19, 2013
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It took a couple chapters for me to actually "get into" the story. The story starts and ends with two women who find out they are related. They aren't in the story except the beginning and the end. The book is Lily and Eve's story ... and all the people intertwined with and around them ... and is nicely written. I became so "involved" in their lives; I felt their tears of happiness, sadness and loss. One main thing that bothered me most was the use of "baby" when the characters spoke to one another. Being an avid historical romance novel reader, I'm used to the characters speaking in a certain way. "Baby" being used as frequently as it was, and in the way it was used, seemed out of context. Otherwise, I recommend the book for the story line. The story of Lily and the devotion of Eve to Lily was touching. It's worth the time invested to get to know Lily, Eve, Chance and their loved ones.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Sometimes our families aren't exactly what we think (or were taught) they are (or were). If that is confusing, consider what you might find if you started really looking at your family tree. There may be "cousins" as well as Cousins, "Aunties" as well as aunts, all kinds of relations you never considered before. Maybe now is a good time to start sorting all of that out. Forced to do so by a will that bequeaths a house full of secrets, two cousins set out to learn what really happened "way back when...."
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More About the Author

Corinda Pitts Marsh was born in Panama City, Florida, in 1945. She is a Southern country girl who grew up in a loving traditional family. Some of the Southern names and traditions of her past show up in her writing as she shares her years and her imagination with readers. She holds degrees from the University of Central Florida and Florida State University. Now retired after teaching at Florida State University, she divides her time among her passion for writing, her beloved grandchildren, and three extremely spoiled cats and their pal, a wiggly little Papillon. Readers can communicate with Corinda on Face Book or Twitter. She also maintains a webpage:
Her novels seek truth and are based on an Existential philosophy.

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