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Hazardous Unions: Two Tales of a Civil War Christmas Paperback – September 3, 2013
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Alison Bruce has an honors degree in history and philosophy, which has nothing to do with any regular job she's held since. A liberal arts education did prepare her to be a writer, however. She penned her first novel during lectures while pretending to take notes. In addition to being the author of mystery, romantic suspense and historical romance novels, Alison has had many careers. Copywriter and editor since 1992, she has also been a comic book store manager, small press publisher, web designer and arithmetically challenged bookkeeper. Her current careers include Publication Manager of Crime Writers of Canada, Arthur Ellis Awards Administrator and part-time tech guru to the technologically challenged. Website: http://www.alisonbruce.ca Blog: http://alisonebruce.blogspot.ca Twitter: https://twitter.com/alisonebruce Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alisonbruce.books Kat Flannery Kat Flannery's love of history shows in her novels. She is an avid reader of historical, suspense, paranormal, and romance. When not researching for her next book, Kat can be found running her three sons to hockey and lacrosse. She has her Certificate in Freelance and Business Writing. A member of many writing groups, Kat enjoys promoting other authors on her blog. She's been published in numerous periodicals. This is Kat's third book and she is hard at work on her next. Website: www.katflannery-author.com Blog: www.kat-scratch.blogspot.ca Twitter: https://twitter.com/katflannery1 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kat-Flannery/131065966999142
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Thinking back on their background as their stories unwind, the sisters are both capable of transforming the lives of the people they care deeply about. They each run into a sort of mystery, which they solve and, at the same time, fall in love. They witness a type of racism within the families they are involved with which reflects the thinking of the north and the south. The letters they write each other expresses their feelings and tells much about their lives and the times.
This novel was written by two outstanding authors, Alison Bruce & Kat Flannery. It is great for Civil War fans as well as readers who just enjoy a well-written historical romance. It holds your attention and is a quick read that you won't be able to put down until the end. All in all, this book is a delight to read for pleasure as well as for the information that is weaved into the story. I totally recommend this book for light, pleasure reading.
Their experiences of war appear to run parallel to each other yet have so much in common.
The authors treat the subject of slavery honestly but compassionately.
The separation of the sisters from, not only each other, but their mother and brother will tug at your heart.
Beautifully written by both ladies and obviously well researched.
I highly recommend this book to those with a love of history, romance or intrigue. It is an excellent read and one you won't be disappointed with.
I wish both ladies the very best of success.
In the first novella focusing on Maggie, we meet the twin who has traveled with her employer to a southern plantation in Tennessee. She is a servant girl employed by the Hamilton family. Soon the Union army comes to occupy the plantation; Maggie is the only person who has the strength of character to assume control. But the story does not so much revolve around the events of the war as much as the personal struggles of all the characters on both sides. It deals with their hopes and fears, racism, and family ties as well as the divide between the rich and poor. Maggie hopes to survive and someday be reunited with her own family.
The second story centers on Matty, a servant girl whose employer, General Worthington, has been sent to a fort in Illinois to train soldiers to fight for the Union. Her story rapidly switches to a mysterious piece of paper and Matty’s trickery to deceive a disabled bachelor named Colonel Cole Black into marrying her. The reader learns that she is remorseful for the deceit, but that she is determined that this letter and its information get into the right hands. This is the only way she could find to do so. There is danger for both of them now, and she fears that her solution might come about too late. Still, like her sister, Matty possesses a strong will and a determination to do the right thing, regardless of personal cost. The matter comes to a head at her father -in-law’s Christmas party resulting in lots of unexpected events and consequences.
The first of these stories about Maggie is more leisurely, filled with lots of well defined characters facing complex issues in treacherous times. Matty’s story is shorter; more intense with fewer characters, but a powerful, tighter knit plot. Even though the characters’ struggles and not the events of the Civil War are the focus of each story, the stories are well researched and documented in historical details. In less than one hundred fifty pages, the reader is treated to two tales of mystery, romance and historical fiction. I recommend this highly enjoyable work to young adults and adults who are interested in any of these genres.