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About the Author

Since the age of four, Haley Whitehall always wanted to be a writer. She went to Central Washington University and majored in her other favorite subject: history. She has social studies and library endorsements. Now she pairs her two passions into writing historical fiction set in the nineteenth century U.S. She writes "out of the box" stories. Forgotten history and the complexities of human nature inspire her characters and plots. Mark Twain serves as her writing mentor. Haley loves coffee a little too much. Perhaps that is why she is a night owl. Cats, a good book, and a view of the mountains make her happy. She blogs at HaleyWhitehall.com or you can follow her on Twitter @HaleyWhitehall.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Expanding Horizons Press (August 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985182822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985182823
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,149,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Grits and Glory" by Haley Whitehall is a Civil War fictional drama about a Southerner who goes to the North to fight, but swiftly is recruited to spy on the South and winds up joining the Confederacy to hide. Did you get all that? Peter's father is an incredibly wealthy plantation owner with a sadistic streak a mile long when it comes to anyone "under" him. Peter, who in his younger years served with the Underground Railroad, suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from the abuse he received and witnessed at the hands of his father. At 18 Peter moves North and meets Molly. When the war breaks out, he joins the Union army, only to serve as a spy in the South. He does a lot of running around hiding and trying not to get caught, but very little spying is being done. In fact he only reports once.

The story's plot doesn't have much point in that Peter has no agenda other than "don't get caught"' it is rather entertaining though and it is interesting to watch Peter start to see the other side of life when he has to take on other roles to hide his situation. It's not really a romance or an action novel. It's not oozing with new-found facts on the Civil War either. It is just a nice story in which to pass the time. It ends like a second book will be written. Though I didn't absolutely LOVE it, I would definitely read a Part II. Three out of five stars. I received this e-book for free from [...]
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An interesting look at the Civil War through the eyes of a southerner who has turned his back on his family and region to move north and ends up in the Union army, leaving his fiance and the ex-slave, he saved from the hands of his father, to fight for what he believes in. Through fate he ends up fighting back in the area that he grew up in and after his first taste of warfare he is encouraged to become a spy. After a visit to his home plantation he is trapped and cannot return to Union lines and ends up in the Confederate Army. Always trying to get back to his side of the war while trying not to be found out as a spy. Will he survive his ordeal or will he be found out? Maybe we will find out in the second of this series.

The book gives a good view of what it must have been like to live in winter quarters just trying to stay dry and warm. It also comes through that there is always good and bad people on both sides of any conflict. A very interesting look at the Civil War and I look forward to reading the continuing story as they come out. Well done.
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The story initially had promise for me. A story about the Civil War, in which over 600,000 people were killed, needs to be about the horrors of war with a story written into that, or the war as a distant backdrop. This book tries to weave a story of the battles into a story about a young progressive southerner as he manages to run away from battles and take the easy way out. Bot the most interesting story to me. The story then took a turn into a saga about the previously battle-shy soldier becoming a full blown martyr for his honor. I found it a bit trite.

My review is not to say that the author is a poor writer. Actually, minus some poor proof reading, the story flows well and the characters do come to life somewhat. If you are a romantic and a person of faith, you will no doubt enjoy this book.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Grits and Glory
Began reading on October 17th, 2012 up to chapter 9 on page 99.
started reading again on October 19, 2012 at 13:30pm

Just now at 14:49 got to chapter 16. I can't seem to stop reading. I want to read and turn the page to figure out what is coming next. Around 15:00 I had to stop for lunch; famished I was.

Now I resume around 17:05. At around 18:25 I paused on page 249 for a brief rest for my eyes. It is hard enough to tear my eyes off the pages. The pace never slows, the tension builds and I want to read as much as possible.

I cried on page 262;-(
Then tears welled up when he saw and talked to his mother.

Finished reading on October 19, 2012 at 20:50. The second book will reveal his decision on how to stay alive or die with honor.

This book and series is great. Even teenagers in high school should read, digest and contemplate the entirety of its content. Great job Haley!

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Format: Paperback
Peter's life gets more complicated by the minute, from the very first page. His memories of his father, his longing to be part of the rest of the family torture him. Yet every moves he makes takes him farther away and puts his life in jeopardy. It will be interesting to see how the rest of the story unfolds in book two. I would like to see him overcome his past once and for all, which would be a terrific payoff for the reader.

If you like Civil War era fiction, this book covers many aspects of the battles, the tediousness, the fear, the punishments, and the camaraderie the soldiers experienced. As in her other works, accuracy is paramount to her storytelling style and it shows.
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