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The Widow's War Paperback – September 1, 2009
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Mary Mackey is the author of a number of novels, as well as severalscreenplays and numerous works of nonfiction and poetry. A magna cumlaude graduate of Harvard with a PhD from the University of Michigan,she is a past West Coast President of PEN, and currently is professor ofEnglish and writer-in-residence at California State University. Sheloves with her husband in northern California.
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She not only finds William, but gets involved in an underground railroad movement. As tensions mount as to whether or not Kansas is going to be a slave or free state and abolotionists face constant attacks from slave holders, Deacon is hunting her down and intends to take his child away from her. Can she outrun him, protect her child, and keep her lover in the process?
The battle of good and evil is fought between two men. John Brown, an abolotionist and Henry Clark, a loose model of William Quantrill. Both of these men are portrayed as somewhat psychotic. Their characterizations were a bit extreme, causing the loss of half a star in my opinion. The other half of the star is missing due to the story being a bit rushed at times. Too much story is summed up too quickly in at least two locations. When Carrie loses a baby on the ship to America, the situation is quickly told to reader via letters she is writing to her dead mother. Later, at her Kansas home, traumatizing raids are briefly mentioned, but Carrie's own experiences with them are summed up in two sentences saying she has bad dreams and cannot remember what they are.
Good book. Great historical detail about Kansas and pre civil war tensions. I didn't realize till now how big of a role Kansas played in it. Recommended.