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The Widow of the South Paperback – Illustrated, September 26, 2006
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Paperback : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0446697435
- Product Dimensions : 5.25 x 1.13 x 8 inches
- ISBN-13 : 978-0446697439
- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing; Illustrated Edition (September 26, 2006)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #206,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Carrie McGavock, however, was a real person, and much of the story is told from her point of view. She's one of those legendary bent-but-not-quite-broken Southern women. Life has been hard and, at the start of the novel, it's about to get harder as the Battle of Franklin, TN unfolds in and around her home, Carnton Plantation.
There's drama and tragedy, romance and treachery and plenty of history as Carrie redefines for herself what it means to keep memories alive.
Although Carrie is the main character, other characters share their stories, as well. It's a technique which is occasionally awkward, but not so much that it detracts from the story or the reader's enjoyment, at least not for me.
I really enjoyed The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks. It kept me engaged. I liked the characters and the perspectives they brought to the story, and felt like they were fully human - something I don't always find in romance-based historical fiction.
My one complaint is a red herring storyline that the author invested plenty of time and backstory in, but ultimately failed to deliver. Ugh
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There were aspects of the character of Carrie that surprised me, but I did not find her entirely sympathetic.
In all, it was an interesting and enlightening read, but I would choose carefully who I recommended it to.
saw the photographs on the walls.... Carrie was very real.
To read this fiction based on truth brings our visit back to life.