A wonderful story of finding strength and love among the struggles and changes of post-Civil War Texas. Shocklee does a more than credible job of portraying the situation many in the South faced after the war. She explores the characters both bluntly and with compassion. Very well done.
Natalie Ellis is left as destitute as most war widows in the South. She still has her house and her land, but no money. The Colonial Levi Maish of the Union Army arrives to tell her not only that the South lost the war, but that her slaves are free. How can she run her plantation without slaves? Who will pick the cotton that finally has a market again? When the Yankee comes up with a plan-like it or not-Natalie has to agree. But that doesn’t mean it’ll be all smooth sailing from then on.