A Beautiful Glittering Lie: A Novel of the Civil War Paperback – January 31, 2020
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About the Author
- Publisher : Westwood Books Publishing LLC (January 31, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 200 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1643619942
- ISBN-13 : 978-1643619941
- Item Weight : 10.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.46 x 9 inches
- Customer Reviews:
"A timely novel highlighting the worth and delicate nature of Nature itself." -Delia Owens Learn more
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A warning to all who think that war is some glamourous adventure filled with parades, flags, and stirring martial music – read J.D.R. Hawkins’ novel A Beautiful Glittering Lie. That lie is put to rest here in the book that begins Hawkins’ ‘Renegade’ series placed during the American Civil War and its aftermath. The book is perfect lead-in to the rest of the series that follows David Summers and his family through that horrendous conflict. My only regret about A Beautiful Glittering Lie is that I failed to read it before reading the follow-up books, A Beckoning Hellfire and A Rebel Among Us. Hawkins does an excellent job of presenting those books as stand-alone volumes but they are best read after reading A Beautiful Glittering Lie. That said, this book left me wanting more even though I had already read the other two. Of course, there isn’t more until the next one in the series is published and released.
Portions of Hawkins’ novel are graphic. Any war story will be if it is truly well done. I would not recommend this book for pre-teens and would actually recommend 15 years and up. The story, away from the battle front, however, is truly heartwarming and presents a very realistic picture of the burdens and sacrifices carried by those at home. Though the story is told from the perspective of a Southern family in a region physically devastated by the war, the homesickness, the worry, the suffering, and the grief are universal themes that tragically played out in homes both North and South.
It is no wonder that A Beautiful Glittering Lie is the recipient of numerous rave reviews and awards. I too rate the book a solid five-stars. Hawkins tells me that all three books are in the process of being released in a new format. I think they will be collectors’ items. I have the second two books only on Kindle and look forward to acquiring all three books as the re-released editions. I also eagerly await the fourth book in the series.
I received a complimentary copy of this work through Voracious Readers Only in exchange for my honest opinion.
First, I love historical fiction, but, like many readers of the genre, I like the history to be accurate. Unfortunately, this book was ruined for me in the first six pages as the author had her characters singing Happy Birthday over 30 years before it was written. The dialogue was uneven, with farmers using words like “whilst”, then those same farmers pages later were speaking like they actually might have.
The main character, and his mother, were done well, but the rest of the people in the book were stick figures. And, although the beginning of the story was strong, it seemed to lose it’s way in the middle and ended up not reaching a destination.
The author can put together the English language in a very readable fashion - a little more research and a little more care with the plot would go a long way towards making this a great book.
For the average reader of historical fiction it might be slow going. The dialogue is stilted and the characters and their motivations are a little cliche.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.