Ghost Riders (Ballad #7)
I had a copy of Ghost Riders on my shelf so I have now read it. The characters i...more
"Ghost Riders" is set in the Appalachian Mountains and tells the tale of the impact of the Civil War on those who lived in these mountains bordering North and South Carolina, in particular. Sharyn McCrumb poured over historical documen...more
The Appalachian mountains at the time of the civil war was a divided area. Communities were divided on the issues that provoked The War. Families were divided. Neighbors killed neighbors, abused neighbors, and hated neighbors. After the war many returned to their homes and hope...more
Great quote by Malinda, "It's easy to start a war, much harder to stop...more
Ghost Riders spends most of its time answering this question. It's one thing to be taught in an academic environment that the Civil War meant neighbors fought against each other but it's entirely d...more
It's very readable and the characters truly resonate. The flow of the writing is seductive and beautiful. I truly love the mountains in the area, and there is a profound respect and appreciation for the landscape apparent in the writing.
I felt that the narrative conveyed a texture of the times and a sense of the...more
On the downside: what was this story supposed to be about? I was drawn to it because of the title and the summary I saw in the book club newsletter: it's the Civil War and a young woman dresses up like a man and follows her husband off to war. There were not-so-subtl...more
The North Carolina/Tennessee border is a vast and beautiful setting. I have loved reading Shary...more
The ending was a let down -- it didn't resolve anything, and was rather murky.
It isn't her most solid entry, and the personalities were stronger than the story, but it was still a pleasant read. I will definitely continue the series.
NC was a split state with many Union supporters and McCrumb does a good job of evoking sympathy for both sides by the reader. Her descriptions help me to imagine what it must have been like for my own r...more