- File Size: 4551 KB
- Print Length: 251 pages
- Publisher: 13th Sign Publishing Collective (November 1, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 1, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M6ZS1KT
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,573 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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An American Civil War Love Story.
The challenge any author faces when writing a romance novel set in America's Deep South just prior to the outbreak of the Civil War is huge.
Comparisons will inevitably be made with the book that set the bar so high in this field. Yes, I'm talking about "Gone with the Wind." Margaret Mitchell's characters are the benchmark, and trying to erase the visions of Clarke Gable as Rhett Butler and Vivienne Leigh as the indomitable Scarlett O'Hara is difficult if not downright impossible.
Having read previous works by author Joanne Sexton I wanted to see just how she attacked this awesome challenge. I made a concerted effort to read this book as something fresh, new, and set my pre-conceived notions aside.
If you can do that, then you are free to enjoy this fresh take.
The characterizations are beautifully crafted in this book, there are no cookie cutter types here, each of the pivotal characters are fresh. I found myself invested in their lives from the outset.
Meet Savannah. Raised in the Deep South by parents who dared go against the norm, and elected to free their slaves before Lincoln had ever called for it. Her friends are aghast initially; however Savannah's dignity and sturdy defense of her parents choices win many, if not all of them, over.
They don't share her upbringing, but she is someone they love and admire. The conflict is well handled.
Savannah finds love and marries; just in time for him to be sent off to fight in a war, he believes is just.
The author communicates the frustrations of distance and uncertainty extremely well. Savannah's innocence is shattered in the aftermath of his death.
When she takes in a Yankee in the form of Jed all her beliefs are challenged, and challenged harshly. The author allows us to see her inner turmoil; the guilt she carries as she begins to fall heavily for a man fighting on the other-side is handled well.
Jed is a strong male figure. Depicted well.
Ultimately, this book is a Romance. The conflict of the setting and the people and their aspirations are clearly and lovingly etched.
If Romance is what you are seeking in this book, then you will enjoy it. Fresh, inviting and a good read.
The main character Savannah is a high-spirited Southern belle with a mind of her own but also a deep-feeling person, who has to come to terms with great grief at a young age. Ms Sexton doesn't conceal how hard Savannah has to battle to return to a full life and that's exactly why the reader doesn't begrudge her her new love: Jed, in fact the enemy, as he fights on the side of the Unions.
But Ms Sexton is a skilled storyteller so the hero and the heroine do not get their love for free. It takes many twists and turns before that. Excellently portrayed against a bitter war.