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The Widow of Rose Hill

The Widow of Rose HillThe Widow of Rose Hill by Michelle Shocklee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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.

 

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The Planter’s Daughter

The Planter's DaughterThe Planter’s Daughter by Michelle Shocklee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love Civil War era stories and this one stands out to me because of its setting. It takes place in Texas. While that state played a part in the Civil War, it doesn’t garner a lot of attention in historical fiction. We tend to get stuck in Gettysburg or Richmond or Savannah and forget that men who died in those places came from long distances to support their cause.

This story actually takes place just prior to the Civil War. The author plunks the reader down on a cotton plantation in Texas. She does a very credible job of balancing truth – which is unseemly to our modern eyes – and compassion in her characters. They aren’t perfect, but people never are. They aren’t stereotypical, which is refreshing.

I understand the next book in the series will be out early next year, and I’m looking forward to it!

 

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