Beau and Stuart McCullough are more than brothers—they are identical twins. They grew up as the sons of a highly respected plantation owner in Georgia. Their destiny was ordained was to be titled landowners, with breeding and wealth…both the epitome of The Southern Gentleman. They wanted for nothing. Everything they needed and desired was promptly provided at their bidding. They faced no task harder than deciding what to wear. But then the Civil War began—and it blew their destiny to Hell. The Brothers, a work of historical fiction about the American Civil War, peers into the lives of Beau and Stuart as they discover how un-identical they are in temperament and political and ideological beliefs, and discover themselves on opposite sides of the political tempest that was the Civil War. They must face unknowns that they are not prepared to face, in a reality they never knew existed, and must look to themselves to do things that slaves had always done for them. They are forced to attempt to discover who they are and to find it within themselves to do things they had never imagined would need to be done. They are tested by war, and by people of social classes with whom they had never mingled. The two primary characters, Beau and Stuart, interact with characters who portray the richness of that time period, from abolitionists who make them face the realities of slavery, to rough-and-tumble farmers who understand more about life than either one of them could have ever known, and to a nefarious blockade runner to whom they entrust their last cotton crop, their only source of income. And they find love … in the most unlikely places.
Beau and Stuart McCullough have survived the first years of the American Civil War. Stuart’s destiny—vastly unlike the destiny to which he was born—is made complicated when he finally accepts that in order to pursue it he must do so as part of the Confederacy, his political and ideological enemy. His wife, Sarah, experiences an epiphany when she realizes being an Underground Railroad conductor is not the ideal resolution to slavery that she once thought it was. Stuart and Sarah, along with their surrogate family, cope with the hardships and near-starvation life that grips the whole of the South. His identical twin, Beau continues to fight for the Confederacy, although the circumstances he encounters compel him to question The Cause. But he fights on, hoping that his perseverance will be the catalyst through which his destiny will be revealed to him. When Beau finally understands where his true destiny lies, it is seemingly wrenched from him. The Civil War draws to its dramatic end and strands him far from his home, from his love, and with no means of survival. Their family plantation, Storm Haven, in Georgia, is ravaged by the war that has come to its doorstep, and those who have been entrusted with its care struggle to maintain it. The McCulloughs, like The Brothers, includes interesting, and perhaps little known historical facts about the American Civil War that are used as the foundation of the tale of identical twins, their family, their home, their loves, their friends, and their unique bond of twinship that was tried, tested, and then re-forged in fire. These books are the result of 40+ years of research and hours spent in libraries (including libraries like the one in Cedar Key, FL), rich in dialogue, have historical fact woven into the fictional tales, are enriched with stirring battle scenes, provide interesting characters of varying social classes of the time period, offer humor in counterpoint to the poignancy of war, and a frank look at the lives of slaves. The books contain semi-graphic descriptions of battles and the harshness of battlefield hospitals, and limited, mild adult language. Sexual content is minimal (your grandmother won’t even blush!). Last, these novels are definitely not “bodice-rippers” novel and are intended for anyone who enjoys good, well-researched, well-written novels.