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Dunaway's Crossing (Historical Women's Fiction) [Kindle Edition]

Nancy Brandon
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Book Description

A small Georgia town paralyzed with disease.

Two women secluded in a remote cabin.

Only one man stands between them and death.


It's 1918 when newlywed Bea Dot Ferguson leaves
her posh Savannah lifestyle to visit her cousin in rural Pineview, Georgia. Her
purpose: to escape an abusive husband, who knows her shameful secret.
Immediately, she learns she's traded one perilous situation for another, for
Pineview has been infected with deadly Spanish influenza. With the help of
Great War veteran Will Dunaway, Bea Dot finds herself fighting for survival,
not only against her husband's brutality, but also against the deadliest virus
the world has ever known.

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Editorial Reviews


Praise for Dunaway's Crossing, finalist for Georgia Author of the Year Award, 2013:

Ann Hite, author of The Storycatcher and judge for GAYA award:
Ms. Brandon captured my history-loving heart with Dunaway's Crossing set in south Georgia in 1918. The novel tackles domestic violence in the first chapter and brings women's rights to the forefront with a dead-on vision through her characters Bea Dot and Netta. [The novel weaves] panic, tragedy, and everyday life as the Spanish Influenza wreaks havoc in Pineview, Georgia. Brandon joins only a few of her contemporaries to approach this part of history with courage, compassion, and reality.

Lisbeth Thom, author of Row Away from the Rocks:
"[Nancy Brandon] does an excellent job of putting her reader on the scene...and she adds a mountain of conflict, suspense, and a touching love story."

Rita Herron, bestselling author of Sleepless in Savannah and other novels:
"Rarely do I find a book that takes me back in time so beautifully."

Mimi Barbour, author of She's Me and His Devious Angel:
"I quickly became enamored with the characters...The facts were accurately depicted...I'll be looking for more from this author!"

From the Author

One reader describes Dunaway's Crossing as "a little like The Help but much better" and a cross between "James Lee Burke and Laura Ingalls Wilder...with a little Fried Green Tomatoes mixed in."

Step back in time in the rural South with this gripping page turner, Nancy Brandon's debut novel, which combines history, romance, and adventure set amidst a turning point in the American past.

Product Details

  • File Size: 402 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Lloyd & Aspinwald (March 21, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007NN2C4E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,857 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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74 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read--I Highly Recommend April 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm a guy, so I would usually not read a book written with a female protagonist. But I read this book because the author is from my home town. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. Yes, it's about two women, but the challenges they face against the influenza pandemic are enough to keep a male reader interested. I don't want to spoil the book for other readers, but there's an element of action and adventure in this book as well. Definitely, female readers will LOVE this book, and male readers will like it as well. I think it would also make a good movie.
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67 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read March 22, 2012
By Sabra
Format:Kindle Edition
Nancy Brandon's writing beautifully captures rural Georgia. Her characters are well developed and entertaining. They are the kind of folks you'd like to invite for dinner. Except Ben. He's the kind you hope will just step into a forgotten bear trap. I would recommend Dunaway's Crossing to anyone.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining Story March 26, 2012
By Anne
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Dunaway's Crossing is a historical fiction romance and a story of domestic violence. This first novel by Nancy Brandon set in 1918 is a really good read. It makes the black person's situation, womens' station in life and a soldier returning from WW 1 come alive. Set in middle Georgia, you will recognize the locale if you're from Macon, Savannah or Atlanta. I want to read more by this author.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional Read July 5, 2012
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This book caught me up on the first page with Bea Dot's awful situation. As the story unfolds and we learn the full story of what she has had to endure, my heart went out to her. But she carries on stoically and survives. She escapes the attention of her horrible husband, Ben, when she travels to Pineview to be with her cousin for the long-awaited birth of her first child. But fate has a cruel hand, as a flu epidemic sweeps the country, and she ends up lodging out of the town at Dunaway's Crossing, a store owned by Will Dunaway. Will has recently returned injured from the Great War and has his own demons to deal with. But he is a good, sound man, the kind of man any woman would want at her side. In him Bea Dot finds a brief moment of happiness, but her husband has not finished with her yet. The beautifully evoked setting and time period are almost characters in themselves. This is a moving and emotional journey with troubled characters through troubled times. A compelling and memorable read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good historical fiction. August 4, 2012
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Although I enjoyed the story, there is certainly room for improvement in the editing. Many grammatical errors and misspelling. Other than that, the novel does a good job of developing the characters. The flu epidemic, as well as covering the issues of domestic violence and divorce during this time period added authenticity to the story.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Complete Waste of Time... June 3, 2013
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First, this is NOT what I would classify as "historical fiction." It is merely a story set in the past, and that fact, coupled with having one of the characters read headlines from a 1918 newspaper just isn't enough to qualify for this category. Second, the author reportedly holds a doctorate in English. One would expect her to understand, for instance, that the words hay (fodder)and straw (bedding) are not interchangeable ("Buster came to a stop in front of a bale of hay. As the horse munched on the straw..."); or to realize that "nuzzle" is not a noun in the English language, and it is definitely not part of a horse's anatomy (i.e., "He [Buster] lifted his nuzzle in greeting." or "He dropped the reins as Buster lowered his nuzzle to the water."). And you'd expect the author would be able to avoid sentences such as "Only a handful of passengers scattered across the platform..." (Why? did someone toss a hand grenade?)

You'd think that the author would know the difference between "clinched" and "clenched" (i.e., "She clinched her fists in frustration..."); or between wiggled and wriggled (i.e., "She wiggled away from his grasp...").

You'd think, as a Georgian, she'd find a better way to express the thought that Savannah is a coastal city ("Bea Dot found the water soothing, so different from Savannah's Atlantic Ocean..."). Savannah is located on the Savannah River, twenty miles upriver from the ocean, but this sentence makes it seem geographically more like Myrtle Beach.

For someone who claims to have labored three years over this manuscript, you'd expect her to have found such mistakes as using "despite me" instead of "to spite me." Also, on page 85, she mentions "stink bugs.
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29 of 37 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT Historical Fiction August 7, 2012
By Gigi
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Unfortunately, I have to be honest and say I was hugely disappointed in this book because it was listed as being a "Historical Fiction" book, but it was missing so many important pieces of information. As a retired history teacher, I typically love historical fiction books, as well as non-fiction books. However, I kept searching for the Who, What, WHEN, Where, & How facts that are usually spelled out in books of those genres. For example, the author did not give the year of the setting until page 180 and only vaguely referred to Will as having fought in the "Great War" (which in my experience is not typically known to the average person).

In addition, none of the details of the flu epidemic were discussed in the book, IF the author was referring to the Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918-19. As described by Ms. Brandon in her fictitious setting, the Spanish influenza brought about the most deaths in October of 1918, as it did in reality. If the author had included more details of the actual events, I could have understood the setting and the events to a greater degree. For example, approximately 675,000 Americans died in 1918 and the same strain became a global pandemic causing approximately 25 million deaths worldwide.

The plot was a very good one, but the characters seemed shallow, weak, and behaved in a manner incongruous with the author's description of their personalities. Ms. Brandon repeatedly had both Bea Dot and Netta blushing several times, which outspoken Southern women usually do not do. Because I was born and raised in Georgia, I really could not see many "Southernisms" in her characters.

It also seemed to me that the author had the characters doing and saying the same things over and over and over.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars fairly good read
I really enjoyed the first half of the book, but toward the middle, it became predictable. Overall, I would recommend the book for light reading, but I would not choose to read it... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Mommy V
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
easy reading and kept my interest!!! Details were so authentic and spot on. romantic and historical...great combination!!! I love the book
Published 22 days ago by kate
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed. This should not be listed as historical and ...
Disappointed. This should not be listed as historical and the author didn't keep her characters straight and I can't believe that no one caught it.
Published 27 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars good!
Nice read! I like actual history woven into the storyline . 1918 was a rough time in American history...the war and influenza
Published 1 month ago by Npolefox
4.0 out of 5 stars but it seemed to have skipped a good period of time while telling the...
It was an interesting story, but it seemed to have skipped a good period of time while telling the story.
Published 1 month ago by Theresa McClintock
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Very entertaining. Good historical fiction. You could almost believe that you were transported to that place and that period of time.
Published 2 months ago by Donna Carper
4.0 out of 5 stars A cliff Hanger
This was a book that held your attention and it had many avenues of cliff hanger type parts. Such as mistreatment of women by
a husband. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kris L. Hoffman
4.0 out of 5 stars My kind of book
I loved this book. The characters were interesting and I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened next. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy weekend read
A little romance, a little history, a little drama. Not too deep, but it was an enjoyable and relaxing weekend read.
Published 3 months ago by Kathryn Bausman
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
This book really kept my attention with history and a love story. I would highly recommend this book and hope the author writes more!
Published 3 months ago by deanea
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More About the Author

A native of Middle Georgia, Nancy Brandon graduated from the University of Georgia. For the past twenty years, she has taught college English in Savannah, where she lives with her husband and two children. She is the author of several writing textbooks and works of short fiction. She released DUNAWAY'S CROSSING in March, 2012. Since then, it has become an Amazon bestseller, and it has been recognized as a finalist for the Georgia Author of the Year Award.

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