Tag Archive | Civil War

#The Abolitionist’s Daughter by Diane C. McPhail–#NetGalley–Review-4 Stars

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Coming 4/30/19


The Abolitionist’s Daughter takes place in Greensboro, Mississippi, during the Civil War. Judge Matthews despised slavery, with a passion, yet he owned an abundance of slaves. Some might think that he was a hypocrite, but he wasn’t. The judge would buy slaves who were severely abused by their owners or about to be separated from their families. He would educate the slaves and care for their needs. And, even though it was illegal to grant slaves their freedom, the judge prepared freedom papers for each one. He wanted to be ready, for whenever their liberation day came. His daughter, Emily, was his best advocate. The judge worried, however, that his controversial anti-slavery practices lessened the number of suitors for his daughter. He was right. So when a young doctor, Charles Slate, asked to marry Emily, the judge readily gave his consent. He feared, however, that he might have made a mistake. 

Ms. McPhail crafts The Abolitionist’s Daughter with enough authentic details, and local dialect, that the characters came to life. She also depicts the ugliness and horrors of slavery in this story, as well as the kind and understanding way some owners cared for their slaves. This book is about love, loyalty, forgiveness, abuse, and redemption. I found the pacing slow at times, but the story captivating. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this historical fiction novel.  

Thank you, Kensington Books and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~


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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Diane C. McPhail is an artist, writer, and minister. In addition to holding an M.F.A., an M.A., and D.Min., she has studied at the University of Iowa distance learning and the Yale Writers’ Workshop, among others. Diane is a member of North Carolina Writers’ Network and the Historical Novel Society. She lives in Highlands, North Carolina, with her husband, and her dog, Pepper.

Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird–Review–5 stars #NetGalley

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Cathy Williams was the daughter of a daughter of a Queen. And, although she was a slave, she never thought of herself that way. She was a captive, just like her grandmother was. 

During the Civil War, Cathy worked as a cook’s assistant under General Sheridan, but when the war ended, she disguised herself as a male, and joined an all-black regiment, called the Buffalo Soldiers. They were charged with the mission of bringing peace and order to the West. Their assignment was to hunt down the Indians responsible for terrorizing and massacring western settlers. 

This is a powerful novel about a piece of history that is difficult to read about. The story is illuminating and poignant. It was enlightening to learn, how differently, Cathy was treated by her fellow soldiers, even though they had no idea that she was a female. 

This book is superbly written and immensely captivating. I loved how the author brought history and the characters alive, especially Cathy Williams. I enjoy reading about strong women, and Cathy Williams was extraordinary. I highly recommend this heartbreaking, and touching novel. 

Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I absolutely loved it!

~5 out of 5 shining stars~

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*Storm Clouds Rolling In* by Ginny Dye*5 -Shining Stars

Storm Clouds Rolling In, is the first book in the Bregdan Chronicles, a fascinating and well-written historical fiction series.


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The book takes place in Virginia, during the 1800’s. Ginny Dye does a fabulous job presenting both the northern and the southern points of view on slavery, prejudice, and political opinions. This book gave me a deeper understanding, into the hearts and minds of the southern plantation owners, slaves, and the country folk of that time than what I had. I’m not going to include any spoilers, but what I will tell you, is that as soon as I finished Storm Clouds Rolling In, I immediately started reading books two through nine. I loved every single one of them. I anxiously await now for book ten, to be released.

This book is more than just a story about slavery and the horrid atrocities that happened during the Civil War. It’s a book about life, with all of its sad times and its joyful celebrations. It’s a book about love, betrayal, acceptance, and forgiveness. I found Storm Clouds Rolling In, and every book in this series, to be emotionally charged, compelling and inspirational. The stories moved me to tears, warmed my soul, and left imprints of inspiration on my heart. Will I be reading every new book in this series? You betcha. Ginny Dye is a gem of an author, and is now, one of my favorites. Discover for yourself the many nuggets of wisdom and inspiration in the Bregdan Chronicles. I highly recommend, reading Storm Clouds Rolling In, and every book in the series.

5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*Blood Moon* by Jana Petken*5-Stars

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Blood Moon is the second book in Jana Petken’s exciting Mercy Carver series. Blood Moon takes place in Virginia during the Civil War. Mercy Carver, the protagonist, is an independent soul with a taste for danger. Although, she tries to help people and means well, her bold and risky behavior becomes worrisome, especially for two men who love her, Isaac, a Union doctor and Jacob, a married, Confederate Captain. Mercy has strong feelings about freeing slaves and often risks her life helping them. On one such occasion, Mercy is severely injured and is brought to a Union fort and cared for by Isaac. When Mercy leaves the fort, she risks being captured. However, when she finally finds the man she’s been searching for, Jacob, the Confederate Captain, she is met with an unwelcoming surprise.

There are many twists and turns in this compelling historical fiction novel. You may find yourself becoming upset with the highly spirited woman, Mercy Carver.

Blood Moon is a fascinating tale, meticulously plotted and superbly written. Jana Petken’s writing flows easily, and captured my attention from the very beginning. I highly recommend this emotionally charged, and entertaining read.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover