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Some Glad Morning [Kindle Edition]

Gary C. Horton
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A spellbinding journey!

Trapped on the battlefield and badly wounded, Pvt. Ransom MacTavish consoles
a dying officer by reading to him the letters of his fiancée,
Elizabeth, a wealthy Charleston lady.

Stranded alone when the officer dies, the only comfort Ransom finds is in
Elizabeth's letters. His has never known words so tender.

When the fever of his wounds takes his mind, Ransom dreams of Elizabeth and
each day he lives, he lives for her.


How far would you go for love?

After the war, although he is penniless, Ransom comes home to South Carolina determined to
win Elizabeth's heart, but soon must compete with a wealthy suitor
while evading a lustful widow and a sheriff with a tendency to shoot
people.

"Why do I have to work so damn hard just so somebody will love
me?"


Ransom's only hope is the bond of a spirited pregnant teenager and the
eccentric wisdom of a crusty Civil War veteran.


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Some Glad Morning has a soul. It positively soars!
 
The vivid detail in painting the life and trials of Ransom MacTavish during WWI left me an emotional wreck. Ransom is a quiet, kind Southern boy that joins the war far too young. The rough yet idealistic life he led up to that point didn't prepare him for the horrors of the war, but with strength and determination, he survives.

Because of the letters.


Everyone needs something to hold on to during times of heartache and sorrow. Ransom finds his tether to sanity tied to the letters. The words entrance him and as he is surrounded by death and destruction, the love that emanates from them keep his mind from breaking.

I cried. I laughed. I felt my own memories of my great-grandfather surface, because only men from that era exhibited the raw strength of character that Ransom does.

Take a step back to a time of real heroes that risked everything for honor and pride.

           --Ashley Fontainne, international bestselling author of Eviscerating the Snake series.

From the Author

Some Glad Morning is a strong love story set in the Old South, but it's not a formula romance. There is no sex or bodice ripping. It's the story of a poor boy way out of his element as he seeks the love a wealthy Charleston lady. The writing has a literary feel and, while there is a strong plot, the characters are fully rendered and infinitely memorable.

Product Details

  • File Size: 371 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Blind Tiger Press; 1 edition (October 7, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009O0X9BE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #474,495 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad, indeed! November 5, 2012
By Illyria
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
We know from the first page of Some Glad Morning that Ransom McTavish is a quiet young man with a gentle heart, but as we follow him to the Great War and back - only to discover he's since lost the little he had in the world - then on the road to find love and fortune, we learn that he's determined and strong, as well. An innocent with the soul of a poet he may be, but he's neither stupid nor lazy, and as he encounters people who both help and hinder him on the difficult road to make his mark, his own generosity of spirit wins him far more friends than enemies.

This book is the kind of "quest" novel one finds most often in fantasy: penniless hero must go on the road to find the grail/princess/magic potion that will save the kingdom. What I loved most about it was that instead of dragons and trolls and evil knights, as he travels the hero of Some Glad Morning is battling chronic human stupidity in the form of racism, violence, poverty, greed, and sheer pig-headedness. But in the end more people are inclined to help Ransom on his journey than not, so while it at no time feels unrealistic and there's still plenty of awfulness to go around, ultimately the theme is one of hope and possibility.

Above all, Horton excels at vivid renderings of place and people. You can feel the icy mud in the trench in France and see the wounded and stunned Ransom struggle to ease the suffering of the men dying around him. You can smell the river and the scents of fish and cornbread cooking out of doors, picture Amelia Rose with her hair loosed and the rope wound around her waist as a belt, taste poor Cecil Owens' salvaged moonshine burning your throat.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Emotional Journey October 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was passed on to me by the author for an honest review. I am very thankful that Mr. Horton sought out my opinion of his work otherwise I might have missed one of the finest stories I have read in a long time.

Some Glad Morning has a soul. It positively soars! The vivid detail in painting the life and trials of Ransom MacTavish during WWI left me an emotional wreck. Ransom is a quiet, kind Southern boy that joins the war far too young. The rough yet idealistic life he led up to that point didn't prepare him for the horrors of the war, but with strength and determination, he survives.

Because of the letters.

Everyone needs something to hold on to during times of heartache and sorrow. Ransom finds his tether to sanity tied to the letters. The words entrance him and as he is surrounded by death and destruction, the love that emanates from them keep his mind from breaking.

I cried. I laughed. I felt my own memories of my great-grandfather surface, because only men from that era exhibited the raw strength of character that Ransom does.

Take a step back to a time of real heroes that risked everything for honor and pride.

And love.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Gary Horton is such a good writer that I had no trouble believing his hero, Ransom, would fall in love with a woman he's never met once he reads her letters to the lieutenant dying next to him in the trenches in France. His journey to meet the elegant, refined Elizabeth when he comes home from World War I involves him in one adventure after another, the most surprising of which is a pregnant anything-but-refined young woman named Amelia Rose, who makes every page she's on sing. Ransom does meet his intended bride and it looks as though he's winning Elizabeth's heart, but how can he win her hand with no prospects? What he seems best at is getting into trouble through no fault of his own, mixing it up with a wonderfully colorful cast of minor characters (I especially enjoyed a scallywag of a pilot named Ace). When Amelia Rose shows up in town, he's in real trouble. I loved the way this story plays out: suspenseful, filled with surprises, and richly satisfying.

--Janey Reynolds
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! May 9, 2013
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I really enjoyed this story. The author takes you along on an exciting journey full of unexpected twists and many interesting characters. Mr. Horton has a gift for detail and gives his characters depth with a vivid description of their environment. He does a great job of transporting the reader into a different time and place. Before long, you're right there with the main character, Ransom, yet rooting for the underdog and love that even a cynic like myself finds believable. This is the kind of book that lingers in your soul.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great April 22, 2013
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I loved this book. The story is interesting and his words flow gently. I hope he has another one in the making.
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More About the Author

Gary C. Horton grew up in South Carolina where his family roots run deep. A former newspaper columnist, Mr. Horton's short fiction has been syndicated by The PEN Syndicated Fiction Project, published in the Sacramento Bee, The Village Advocate and other newspapers, and aired on National Public Radio's "The Sound of Writing."

Guiding principles in Mr. Horton's life and writing were inspired by the late Mel Tolkin, mentor to novelist and television writer Carl Reiner and film producer Mel Brooks. Tolkin taught that before a writer could sit down to write, he must first stand up and live. Tolkin also taught the only story that mattered was the story of the human condition and what happens in the human heart.

Mr. Horton is a graduate of Clemson University with a BA in English (class of '83) and a Masters in City and Regional Planning(class of '91).

When he isn't writing, Mr. Horton enjoys backpacking though the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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