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A Civil War (Secrets of the South Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Corinda Marsh
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Book Description

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:

Product Details

  • File Size: 1051 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: #186,817 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 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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5 of 5 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
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars OMW!!! & There may be a little spoiler February 10, 2013
By Linda
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Up until 5:30 am finishing this book... (even with the grammatical, spelling, and incomplete sentences), turned the page and BAM! no more story. In the life of one of the characters it was like she became tired of writing about him and ended his life. I just think there should have been less of some things and more of other things. I hope there is a sequel so I can finish the story.
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars a civil war October 16, 2013
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Loved loved this book until the end. It left so much up in the air and unsaid I was very disappointed. There is one more book about this family, but again does not finish this story. Feeling let down
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent writing about the civil war era.
Published 2 months ago by sueellen28
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book
THIS IS A GREAT BOOK-well written with a riveting story. It makes you want to keep reading. I will certainly look for the next book in the series.
Published 4 months ago by Margaret Heibler
3.0 out of 5 stars A Civil War
Easy fast paced read. Not sure I'll read the sequel. The story is more about family struggles than it is about the civil war.
Published 4 months ago by Pam Jonas
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Well written.
Published 6 months ago by marjorie tinglin
4.0 out of 5 stars I like to read stories about how things were before and ...
A tale of the old south with a mix of the modern south. I like to read stories about how things were before and after the Civil War. Good reading.
Published 7 months ago by fluffy33
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved!
You know the saying - "don't judge a book by it's cover" Well for this book - "Don't judge a book by it's price" I absolutely loved this book and couldn't stop... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars This was a ''good read''. It held my interest ...
This was a ''good read''. It held my interest from beginning to end.The characters were ''real''........totally believable. It is also a quick read. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Olivia Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story about love, family, and respect for others
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It took me into a world that most Civil War books have not, the story of a family before, during, and after a horrible time in our country. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Susan Greene
3.0 out of 5 stars A love story
This is a nicely written book, however, I feel the level of interest varied. Author takes you back in time.
Published 10 months ago by fawn761
5.0 out of 5 stars What's color?
Enjoyed it to the fullest. I just adopted a new author. Very emotional at times, and touching to the heat. I was not liking forward to the end, because it was such a good read.
Published 10 months ago by Sherri Green
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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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